Based at Unley, we cover all suburbs, hills & country. Same-day report summary. Reports emailed next morning.
Our plain-language reports are the best available, with clear practical advice, all photographed, written and summarised. Talk to your inspector about your plans and ideas - he's also an architect.
Very often, buyers are in a hurry - we understand the time pressures of buying, so we keep a flexible booking diary to accommodate as best we can.
Just call or send us a few details (such as the link to real estate ad) and we'll give you a competetive fixed-price quotation before proceeding. Afterwards, you won't pay a cent more.
No up-front payments! When you receive your report, simply pay by EFT. You will get an invoice with your report and our account details at NAB. Cancellations made within 24 hours of scheduled inspection time will be charged at 50% of quoted fee.
We are strictly loyal to our clients, especially during a purchase. So we don't pass information to the seller or estate agent and we don't seek work from agents either. Your report is for your eyes only (or to use as you wish).
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
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.
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 made available to anyone else... 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.
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.
Our clients come from all ages and backgrounds: seasoned property buyers, first homebuyers, new arrivals... some with thorough building knowledge... or none at all... and with different levels of education and literacy.
Your inspector will listen carefully, inform appropriately and foster understanding.
The printed report, sent next day, is clear and concisely worded, with supporting photos. It is easy to navigate with a one-page summary and a contents page. 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 will never on-sell your report to other people. Some inspectors do this, including large operators such as Jim's, so choose carefully.
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, but...
So it is crucially important to qualify the inspector - but how?
Do they have a few or a few hundred previous inspections?
Are they 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.
Our building and pest inspector is David Bodycomb. He is an experienced building professional with over 30 years working around Adelaide, including 15 years 'on-the-tools' building, restoring and renovating houses for himself and others.
You will benefit from his thorough understanding of local buildings and plain-language explanations.
David is a registered Architect in SA since being a licensed builder for many years.
Check him out on Linkedin here.
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.
Our reports are 25-40 pages long but very easy to digest, beginning with a short one-page summary and table of contents. We won't waste your time with irrelevant or petty detail, onerous disclaimers or gobbledygook.
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 http://au.linkedin.com/pub/david-rhys-bodycomb/38/834/87