House and Homes
We service all Perth and surrounding regions. It does not matter if these are relatively new homes or Northbridge cottages, we will inspect them all.
There are different kinds of inspections
See our Inspection Types page for more details. However, we specialize in the traditional Pre-purchase Inspection, which is sometimes referred to as a Building inspection or a Structural Inspection. We also undertake construction staged inspections, noting the progress of homes as they are built. This can be many stages and is useful if you are not in Perth while the work is happening. We do commercial inspections as well. We can also mediate between home builder and buyer when there are upsets. Also, we do Termite (timber pest) Inspections.
This inspection is simply for the home buyer who wants to know below they buy what is really there. Inspectors are used to being able to see clues that an untrained eye cannot. That is the real difference. The inspector is looking for what is there that should not be, or what is not there that should be. A person working in the construction industry can see things an untrained eye will miss. That is all.
As the inspector gets along doing his inspection, turning on and off taps, checking light switches, he might see something that looks a bit odd, out of character. He will then take a closer look at it. An example might be simply checking under the kitchen sink for leaks, and as he does that he notices one of the screws holding the door seem to be covered with dirt. That should not be there. So he then he scrapes the dirt and sees there is no screw there at all. Then he closely investigates all the other screws on the door to find out why there was a missing screw. He then checks all doors very thoroughly. His findings of this micro-scrutiny then go into his report.
Another example might be that he sees a verandah post that is partially buried in the ground. That is wrong as it allows termites to access the post without being seen. So now he checks the integrity of this post very carefully, and the other posts near it. He taps the timber, pushes the sides firmly. He looks are the light reflecting off the post, looking for ripples that might indicate that under the paint it has been eaten away. In other words, his investigation skills become heightened when he sees something that is not meant to be there. If nothing else he reports about the post, that is meant to be elevated above the ground, with the steel stirrups exposed so that termites can only get to it with mud tubes that are easily seen from outside.
A good inspector will also be able to give you the contacts of people who can do remedial work, and he will guide you to a good solution. A good inspector will not try to kill your sale by showing how good he is. If he finds something he will simply make you aware of it, and how to fix it, and so on.
The Special Inspection is when there is usually a fall out between what was expected by the client and what was expected by the building contractor. In this case, the inspector is called upon to inspect and give a report on what is there, knowing that the report may end up being used as evidence in a court of law.
Some special inspections may be as small as the contractor putting in the wrong tiles and for others, it might be massive roof leaks. Often there are two sides to these inspections and the inspector does have to follow what is ethical and nominate in the report what is the real problem. But at the same time, he should ease the line between the two parties so they can get down to resolving their problems and finish the building project.
The special inspection can also be anything one can imagine. It can be about trees, and not about buildings. It can be about when something happened. It can be about almost anything that is needed.
Special inspections can sometimes become expert witness testimony as well. It is not uncommon for a building inspector to be giving testimony in court or a tribunal.
Commercial inspections can be almost any size and can be almost any type of building. Most are relatively small, such as shops, small factories and so on. These are easy. Some are bigger, such as shopping malls, multi-storey buildings and so on. Offices will fall into this category as we.
We have also done inspections for damage from roadworks, demolition and so on. Then there are the dilapidation reports for properties next o new large buildings being built next door. We have done them all. Just ask us.
To give a price for these on the internet would be unfair. We would need to have your information sent to us and we can give a quote based on what you supply us. Photos are good to have.
Our prices are fair
We are not expensive, and we give good professional service. Have a look at our prices page. For example, our standard Building Inspection is $397. That is standard and a very fair price.
You can also call us and discuss what you have in mind with regards price as well. So just contact us. And if you have a story, we have time to hear it. If there is something that is not understood, it is because we were not able to get it across to you correctly. So please call us about it.