Pre-Purchase Building Inspection

A Pre-Purchase Building Inspection is an important first step to take when considering purchasing a property, be it residential or commercial. Knowing the condition of the property you are interested in will make the buy or not to buy decision process easier.

Whether new or old, all properties have the potential to present with problems. Be it leaking gutters, rising damp, cracked walls or new properties with defects and poor workmanship, it is preferable to be aware of such issues before you commit to buying. By understanding any issues or potential problems that may arise in the future, a building inspection will help safeguard you from any unexpected and substantial outlays in both time and money down the track.

Most people don’t have the experience or knowledge to survey a property and detect any existing problems let alone hidden or potential issues. With a Houspect Building Inspection, our experienced inspectors will accurately report on the condition of your intended purchase and provide an independent and thorough report for property investors and home buyers in South Australia.

What Does the Report Provide?

A Houspect Pre-Purchase Building Inspection report is a comprehensive and independent document completed in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.1.

The report will list all the various building components and external structures and document whether they will require your attention. Any defects will be reported on and any repairs and maintenance suggestions will be noted for your attention. Our qualified inspectors will photograph any notable items and include these in your report so that you can see what issues may exist and make an informed decision as to whether they are problems you are willing to take on.

If you have any particular concerns or questions about the property prior to our inspection, please advise us at the time of your booking so we can instruct our building inspector to address these issues specifically during the inspection.

About the Houspect Building Inspector

All Houspect Building Inspectors are licensed builders with many years’ experience in the industry. Our inspectors will provide professional, independent and unbiased information on the condition of the property to assist you in buying with confidence.

What Does Our Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Cover?

Our pre-purchase building inspection covers an inspection of the following areas of the building according to AS 4349.1 subject to reasonable access:

  • Roofing, internal and external
  • Chimneys, eaves, fascia
  • Roof frame and insulation
  • Walls, internal and external
  • Ceilings, floors and under floor areas
  • Doors and frames, internal and external
  • Windows and frames, internal and external
  • Kitchen, bathroom, laundry, wet areas
  • Guttering and down pipes
  • Retaining walls
  • Patios, balconies and stairs
  • Pools, pergolas and paving
  • Fences and out buildings


  • Plumbing/electrical overview
  • Structural defects
  • Repairs and maintenance issues
  • General building defects.

For more information on our home owner and investor pre-purchase building inspections in SA, call Houspect on 08 8344 2590, email us at or complete our online enquiry form.

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