About Building Inspections and What They Involve

Generally speaking, any building that is being sold within Australia may require some form of building inspection report – with certain factors affecting the type of report required. Not all of them are mandatory and in some cases it is down to the buyer to pursue an inspection, but in any event they can offer a high level of reassurance, as well as information on adherence to construction laws.

What do reports involve and more about building inspections

There are a range of inspections and reports that are considered obligatory within Australia; with others that are optional, and fewer that are recommended by experts.

For example, if a buyer is keen to ensure that a property of interest is structurally secure and safe, they may choose to have the building inspected by a professional to identify any causes for concern (if they exist). Most inspectors are considered third party providers and so will be unbiased. Some home owners choose to hire them to help to save time when selling their home, whilst others will leave it down to the buyer and their representation.

Specific examples of inspections

If an owner purchased a property with the intention of turning it around and renovating it for a resale in the near future, then they might be subjected to the need for a 137B report. This report is for owner builders; or those that take care of the renovations themselves and act to ensure that any work carried out is to a suitable standard and doesn’t pose a risk.

This is just one type of report; in fact, others include pre-purchase inspections that are often carried out to evaluate the condition of a home whilst checking its structural integrity and any damp issues. Likewise, stage inspections are usually needed during a construction to make sure that any contractor performing work is adhering to building permits and other mandatory legislation.