Buying or Renovating in the Adelaide area ?

Start with a Building Inspection Report.

All our reports include an on-site summary followed by a typewritten report with photos and illustrations for when words aren’t enough. 

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Whatever your level of building knowledge, we will always try to provide the most meaningful, appropriate advice. Clear, concise and neatly summarised, we report and explain the defects, with advice about what to do and when. 

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Call or message for a fixed-price quotation, ask questions, then order your building inspection report. You'll get a summary right after the inspection and your report emailed next morning with an invoice to pay by EFT.

Building Inspection Report   For buyers, sellers, owners and building managers. Learn more. Negotiate a better price. Discover what you need to know for planning maintenance or renovations. Get good advice from an architect.

Pre-Purchase Building and Timber Pests Inspection Report  Our most popular service. Get the Building Inspection Report, as above, plus our Timber Pests inspection report, which is a focussed search for termites ('white ants') on your property with specific advice and recommendations. 

Architect's Advice Report  Usually for a single-issue concern such as “Can we remove this wall to make a larger living area?” or “Can we add an upper storey?” or "Why is the roof sagging?" Good advice from an architect with hands-on building experience.

Structural Inspection  For buyers, sellers and building managers who only want to know about the structural issues. For example, before extensive renovations or a full interior re-fit.

Not sure?   ... then call our advisor to discuss or CONTACT US online

Your Expert Eyes to Spot the Faults

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Avoid building headaches now and in the future. Our pre-purchase building and pest inspection report will reveal more about the building than you already know and more than the seller or the agent will probably ever know. When buying, this puts you in a stronger position to negotiate.

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The pre-purchase building and pest inspection report and on-the-spot discussions with our inspector, who is an architect, will help you understand and visualise future opportunities and repairs.

Inspect your Inspector

Can they tick these boxes?

√  Quality, Integrity & Value.      more . . .                   

√  Independence

√  Talk to me in language I understand

√  Discretion

√  We understand the 'heart and mind' decision

√  What is a ‘properly qualified’ inspector?

√  What is a Proper Inspection Report?

√  Who is on your side?

√  Who is our Inspector?

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Experienced, licensed, qualified
As an Architect, our inspector holds the highest professional building qualification. But he also spent many years on-the-tools actually making things, building and renovating. Professional Indemnity and public liability insured. Licensed builder from 1983 then registered Architect from 2002.

Send us the street address or web link to your building and we’ll look it up then call you back. Or phone now – DIRECT TO THE INSPECTOR

0412 950 667

Like most small businesses, satisfied customers are our best salespeople.

You deserve honest, impartial advice, but when choosing a service provider, there are a few things to remember about building inspectors.

Here are some things we don't do . . .

. . . some inspection providers use inspections as a sideline activity for getting building or design work for themselves or their associates. Inspections are all we do - not a sideline activity - and our advice is impartial and objective.

. . . some inspection providers, even large national franchise operations, will on-sell your report via their website to anybody. The information that you have paid for - that you thought was yours - is now available to the seller, the agent and other buyers. 

. . . some seek work from real estate agents. The risk here is that when the agent is acting for the seller, building problems may not be properly reported because the inspector would be 'biting the hand that feeds them'.

. . . some inspection providers will routinely "rubbish" the first building they look at, hoping they will get another job from you.

. . . some have no license, no insurance, no time and little knowledge, but continue to operate legally in SA.

You have an ever-increasing number of inspection services to choose from. This means cheaper prices but like anything cheaper, there are risks to quality, for example . . . 

Price-cutting leads to less time on-site, increasing the risk of missing something important. There may be little or no time left for you to talk to the inspector afterwards.

We all love a bargain, but the appeal of saving a few hundred dollars on an inspection report is simply not worth the risk.

Look for quality and integrity first and you'll probably find value too. 

We are a completely independent Adelaide family business.

Our services are marketed on the internet and to lenders and conveyancers directly.

The post-inspection summary, given in person or by phone, is when our inspector explains what you need to know in language you will understand, to suit your level of building knowledge. Listen and ask questions.

The printed report is clear and concisely worded, with supporting photos, made easy to read and navigate with a summary and index.  Ask for a sample to be emailed to you.

Our inspection findings are for your eyes and ears only - we do not tell the other party or real estate agent what we find, unless it is a public safety issue.

We all have different ideas and concerns …. some of us want everything perfect right now, others have grand plans, some are enthusiastic and practical; some aren’t.

That's why your inspector should have the understanding to give the appropriate advice when asked, for example, "Should I worry about these defects?" or "How long will this bathroom last before we have to fix it?". 

Inspecting houses for sale, especially older ones, then reporting to buyers and doing both well, takes training and lots of experience.

Yet unbelievably, there are no licensing, regulation or insurance requirements for pre-purchase building and pest inspectors in South Australia!

Using a smartphone app, anyone can now produce a professional-looking report, but this is potentially like "letting a monkey fly the plane".

So it is crucially important to qualify the inspector - but how?

Do they have a few or a few hundred previous inspections?

Have they been members of building professions - like architects and engineers?

Holding a builders license, or being a member of an industry association, does not, in itself, qualify somebody to carry out pre-purchase building inspections. Some builders licenses are highly restricted, having nothing whatsoever to do with inspections. Membership of the main industry associations, HIA and Master Builders, is open to most people, irrespective of their ability to inspect and report on building matters. 

Your inspector must have local building knowledge about many ages and types, a keen eye and good communication skills.

Our building and pest inspector is an experienced building professional with over 30 years working around Adelaide, including 15 years 'on-the-tools' building, restoring and renovating for himself and others. He is an expert in local buildings and understands local conditions and methods. With a degree in Architecture, he still talks plain English.

Check him out on Linkedin

A pre-purchase building and pest inspection report should always be in writing, so it can be referred to later.  If it becomes a tool for negotiations, it must be clear, accurate and authoritative. 

It is generally agreed that the minimal standard for inspection and reporting are the Australian Standards AS4349.1 for Pre-purchase Building Inspections and AS4349.3 for Timber Pest Inspections.

We use a report-writing software template designed to conform to these standards but we routinely provide more than they specify, simply because buyers and owners want to know more.

After finding the right house and deciding to make an offer, a well-prepared buyer needs a technical advisor (building and pest inspector) and a legal advisor (or conveyancer) - plus of course an obliging lender.

The purchase process might seem a little tricky, but that's hardly surprising when most of us don't buy or sell houses often enough to understand it nearly as well as a real estate agent.

Some buyers need reminding who employed the real estate agent - that they were employed by the seller to act foremost in their interests. That's not a criticism - just a fact.

Unless you are already familiar with laws and procedures in South Australia, some careful homework is advisable - these links to outside sites are a start:

David is an Adelaide-based building professional who has spent the past 35 years in building-related activities right here in Adelaide.

Beginning as a builder's labourer, he soon obtained a builders license and progressed working on-the-tools, until 1995, when he took time out for study and graduated with a Bachelor of Architecture in 2000, finally registering as an Architect in 2002.

David will carry out your inspection, present your summary and produce the illustrated typewritten report.

Check out our inspector David Bodycomb on Linkedin