Purchasing a new home or apartment is a major real estate decision and knowing about the state of the property before you make that final commitment, especially where finances are involved, it’s better to be safe than sorry. You can never be sure if the residential or commercial property is in good condition or has hidden defects. Problems such as subsidence or structural issues, could result in unexpected costs, all of which could have been avoided with a Houspect Pre-Purchase Building Inspection.

Not many buyers possess the necessary specialist knowledge to assess their own property. A professional building inspection arms you with the critical information you need to know if the property is sound or has any current or potential problems. Home buyers and investors can be reassured in this regard across most of Victoria, based on the findings of Houspect building inspections in Melbourne, and many regional areas including Geelong,  Bendigo,  Ballarat, and Warragul.

What Does the Report Provide?

Completed in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.1, our experienced building inspectors will comprehensively assess all the building components, describing the existing condition and explaining likely repairs and indications for remedial work as well as any maintenance required prior to the property purchase. Our pre-purchase building inspection report includes a glossary to help you understand construction terminology and provides the builders registration details. We inspect stumps, footings, concrete slabs, roof, guttering, walls, floors, doors, windows, cabinetry, tiling, renovations and extensions and much more. Your property may be 100 years old with double brick or a new construction with brick veneer, rendered board cladding, and a roof covering of tiles or Colorbond. We also coordinate pest (termite) inspections so your pest and building inspections are promptly conducted at the same time.

If you have any particular concerns or queries about the home or commercial property under consideration, simply let us know and we can instruct the building inspector to specifically address these issues during your inspection.

About your Houspect Building Inspector

All Houspect Building Inspectors are independent, registered builders with many years industry experience and familiarity with your local area. They offer unbiased, expert advice and information about the condition of the property so you can make your buying decision with confidence.

What’s covered in the Pre-Purchase Inspection?

Our Pre-Purchase Building Inspection involves the visual inspection of the property’s condition status in the following areas, subject to reasonable access:

  • Roofing, internal and external
  • Roof frame
  • Walls, internal and external including facades
  • Under floor areas and above-ground footings
  • Doors and frames, internal and external
  • Windows and frames, internal and external
  • Wet areas
  • Extensions
  • Guttering and downpipes
  • 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 or to book a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection, call Houspect on 03 9808 4000, email us at or complete our online enquiry form.

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