How to tell if you’ve found a quality building and pest inspector

Are you looking to buy a new or established property? You’ll likely be looking to get a building and pest inspection done as part of your due diligence. And at All Suburbs Building and Inspection Reports (ASBIR) we look after the full range of building and pest inspections that should beconducted before you buy a home.

But while we know our services are exemplary, how do you know for yourself? You might have heard horror stories about people buying a home and getting a pest inspection only to find that the inspector missed something critical, or you might be looking online and feel a bit overwhelmed at all the options.

If you are considering how to choose a building and pest inspector, here are some of our top things to look for so you know you’re getting quality.

They are qualified

A building inspector first and foremost needs to be qualified in what they do. This means that they are qualified builders, or architects or surveyors who are also qualified to perform building inspections. In addition to being qualified in their trade, they will also have insurance which is sufficient to protect their work. By working with a company who has professional indemnity insurance, you will have peace of mind knowing that your building inspection is backed up by an insurance policy.

With ASBIR, you will have the ability to get a range of building and pest inspections prior to purchasing a property. The kinds of inspections you can perform with ASBIR include:

  • Handover inspections
  • Building stage inspections
  • Building & Pest Inspections
  • Maintenance inspections
  • Annual Termite Inspections
  • Commercial building inspections
  • Dilapidation reports

It is important to find out a few things about your building and pest inspector prior to engaging their services, information like:

  • What their background is and how long they have been working as building and pest inspectors
  • What kinds of tools are used on-site to perform their investigations
  • What geographical areas they cover (at ASBIR we cover the Sunshine and Gold Coasts and across Brisbane, including North Lakes, Redcliffe and Strathpine)
  • How long an inspection takes
  • What kind of report is delivered at the end of their process

They have specific knowledge

A good building inspection company has the capacity to perform a range of inspections, but they will also have specific knowledge about different types of buildings and some of the common (and less common) issues and problems associated with certain builds. A local building inspector is likely to know about types of buildings common to their area, as well as ground conditions and common weather-related issues. As an example, some areas are prone to flooding, while other areas are more susceptible to termites. You will benefit from the local knowledge given by a local building and pest inspector.

They can give you plenty of information over the phone

If a company really knows its industry and understands the ins and outs of a particular area they will likely be able to provide you with a quote over the phone. You can usually ask a good building and pest inspector how much a particular report or repair will cost, and if damage to a property is considered structural or non-structural.

They provide photographs and evidence as part of their report

When you get your report at the end of the inspection, a great inspection company is going to give you plenty of evidence of exactly what they have found. A great company will do this to give you confidence in the end result. At ASBIR we use things like thermal imaging cameras, moisture meters, borescopes and produce a 3D report which accurately reports on the condition of your property. We will also take the extra step of telling you what you will need to do to rectify any defects and can sometimes provide you with rough estimates of costs.

Looking for a quality building and pest inspection company?

At ASBIR, we are here to make buying your next property a simple process. We take care of all manner of reports and can deliver the peace of mind you need to go ahead with the contract.

So, if you need a building and pest inspection in North Lakes, Redcliffe, Strathpine or any other suburbs in and around Brisbane, The Moreton Bay area or The Sunshine Coast turn to ASBIR. Find out more about our services here or call us with any questions that you may have on (07) 5432 3392.


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