How much should i pay for a building inspection?

How much is a pre purchase building inspection?

A pre purchase building inspection is one of the best investments a purchaser will ever make. Time and time again we are hearing satisfied clients thank us for telling them the condition of the property. We hear “you have potentially saved me thousands” or “i didn’t even know” or “they did a good job of trying to cover that up”. A building inspector should not charge any more than $350-$400 for a large home and no more that $300 for a smaller home. When paying this investment you should expect;

  • A thorough inspection (between 1 and 2 hours)
  • A comprehensive report outlining all defects (photos)
  • A inspection carried out in accordance with AS4349.1
  • Experienced inspector (Building and Construction background)
  • A insured inspector

What does a building inspector do?

A experience pre purchase building inspector that carries out an inspection in accordance with AS4349.1 should have a specific process they carry out. At Quality Building Inspections our process is:

  • Inspection of the interior
  • Inspection of the roof void
  • Inspection on the roof
  • Inspection of the exterior
  • Inspection of anything within 30 meters of the initial dwelling including driveways, paths, retaining walls etc

On completion of the inspection the report should be handed over on payment. The report will contain all defects found.

How much is a pest inspection?

A qualified pest controller can be engaged to inspect at the same time as the building inspector and you can expect to pay an additional $200-$300 for a pest controller. They should follow a similar process to Quality Building Inspections and provide a thorough inspection.  Generally the building inspector can engage a pest controller for you or alternatively you can organise your own.


David Hall

Why Customers Choose Us

Excellent, polite, so detailed and thorough in the report; I was very pleasantly surprised. Highly recommend David. He also organised our pest inspection who we are equally happy with.
Thank you Quality Building Inspections :)
10 ⭐️'s
Property in Mt Terrace GAWLER.
— Candice Blake
QBI are amazing. Very detailed, very in-depth reports that made the most of the inspection. Spent time answering all questions I had and were better value than other local inspectors - was even able to recommend a great pest inspector too
— Ricky Flynn
Have used David for a couple of properties now, wouldn't use anyone else. Incredibly thorough reports and great one on one conversations, explaining everything. Wouldn't buy a house without consulting him! He's helped me dodge a bullet before, that would of cost me a couple of hundred thousand.
— Liam Mcaulay
Dave was great, very informative, easy to talk too and ensured I seen the issues I needed sorted before putting house on the market. Was worth every dollar as the money spent on my issues I feel will ensure a smooth sale.
Thanks Dave.
— Damien
I had David do a preventative maintenance inspection on our butcher shop at the Gawler Green. It was a very valuable inspection as we found a leak coming from the tenancy next door. David's thermal imaging and moisture testing was used to find the problem . It was easily fixed before it became a big and expensive repair . His service was professional and great , I'll be using his maintenance inspections regularly.
— Joel Poulish
David provided an excellent service. Would highly recommend him
— Robert Norton
Great experience; really prompt and easy, personalised service, extremely detailed report.
— Sherlene Heng
Great response, very quick and highly informative. I would highly recommend David and his team.
— Kirsty
David was thorough, punctual, friendly, and most of all very professional. He identified several imperfections and potential costly repairs. I used this as a bargaining tool and secured a great deal on my new home!
— David Ogilvie
David provides timely building inspection service with high quality. He is friendly, patient and frank. I’m more than happy to recommend him.
— Z You
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