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getting a Building Inspection in Brisbane – Everything you need to know

If you’re in the process of buying or selling a property in Brisbane, understanding the ins and outs of a building inspection in Brisbane is crucial. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll cover everything from costs to logistics, ensuring you have the knowledge needed to make informed decisions about your building inspector for your property purchase.

What is a Building Inspection?

A building inspection involves a thorough evaluation of a property, encompassing an examination of its structural integrity, identification of defects, assessment of hidden moisture issues, scrutiny of potential problematic areas, identification of timber pest activity, damage or risk factors, and more. It serves as a quality control measure, ensuring that prospective buyers gain a comprehensive and detailed understanding of the property’s condition before making a purchase decision.

It also helps you to understand what might be involved in any future improvements to the property, if that is your plan.  Issues with footings, asbestos, water leaks and so many other things can come as a surprise if you haven’t done your due diligence at the beginning.

Property TypeOur PricingMarket Avg
Pre-Sale/AuctionPre-PurchaseEither Type
Granny Flat/Studio Apt$395$395$425
1-2 Bedroom Unit$395$420$540
3+ Bedroom Unit or Townhouse$420$495$550
Medium Size Home (3 bed)$420$540$580
Large Size Home (4 bed)$420$540$600
Extra Large Home (5+ bed)$495$595$650
Duplex$495$750$830

HOW MUCH DOES A BUILDING INSPECTION COST IN BRISBANE?

 One of the first questions after securing a property under contract on every homeowner’s mind is the associated costs of a conveyancer & a building & pest inspection in Brisbane. 

While prices may vary, the average cost for a building inspection in Brisbane typically ranges from $450 to $850. However, it’s essential to recognize that this investment can save you from potential financial headaches down the line. 

A thorough inspection can uncover hidden issues, allowing you to negotiate repairs or adjustments to the property’s price.

Who Pays For a Building Inspection in QLD?

The responsibility for covering the cost of a building inspection in Queensland often falls on the buyer.  In some cases, sellers may choose to arrange and pay for an inspection upfront to enhance the property’s marketability.  This report cannot be relied upon by the prospective buyer for their due diligence unless the Building & Pest Report has been transferred into their name.  This can often be done at a cost lower than having another company complete redo the building inspection.

 While this may seem like an additional expense, it is a critical step in protecting your investment. A comprehensive inspection report can reveal any structural or maintenance issues, giving you the necessary leverage during negotiations.

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Is a Building & Pest Inspection Compulsory In QLD?

While a building inspection is not legally mandatory in Queensland, it is highly recommended and widely practiced. 

A building and pest inspection serves as a safeguard for both buyers and sellers. Buyers gain a clear understanding of the property’s condition, helping them make informed decisions, while sellers can proactively address issues to enhance the property’s appeal. 

Considering the subtropical climate of Brisbane, where pests can pose significant challenges, opting for a combined building and pest inspection is a prudent choice.

What Does a Building Inspector Check?

A building inspector’s role is to conduct a thorough examination of the property. This includes assessing the structural integrity, identifying potential hazards, checking for any signs of pest infestation, and ensuring an safety hazards are identified. 

By engaging the services of a qualified building inspector, you ensure a comprehensive evaluation of the property’s overall condition to help you make an informed decision and buy with confidence.

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Should I attend my Building Inspection?

A lot of Building Inspection companies around Brisbane will tell you that it is not necessary for you to attend the scheduled Building & Pest Inspection.  At ASBIR we prefer to do things differently.  We understand that receiving a Building & Pest report can sometimes feel overwhelming, in order to provide you peace of mind, we invite all clients to attend the building inspection at the scheduled time. 

It is important to give the building inspector the space and time he needs to complete the inspection without getting distracted and missing anything.  After the inspection they will happily discuss their findings, point out any areas of concern and give you suggestions for management or rectification.  When you get the formal report the following day, it will not longer feel overwhelming because you will have a better understanding of the findings.

How Do I Get a Building Inspection?

Getting a building inspection in Brisbane is a straightforward process. Engage a licensed and experienced building inspector like ASBIR and discuss the property you are looking to purchase or sell.  

The ASBIR team will call the agent on your behalf to schedule a convenient time to visit the property, conduct a thorough examination, and provide you with a detailed report outlining their findings the following business day.

Should I attend my Building Inspection?

A lot of Building Inspection companies around Brisbane will tell you that it is not necessary for you to attend the scheduled Building & Pest Inspection.  At ASBIR we prefer to do things differently.  We understand that receiving a Building & Pest report can sometimes feel overwhelming, in order to provide you peace of mind, we invite all clients to attend the building inspection at the scheduled time. 

It is important to give the building inspector the space and time he needs to complete the inspection without getting distracted and missing anything.  After the inspection they will happily discuss their findings, point out any areas of concern and give you suggestions for management or rectification.  When you get the formal report the following day, it will not longer feel overwhelming because you will have a better understanding of the findings.

A person handing over a set of keys while holding a small model of a family home.

When Should I Get a Building Inspection?

Timing is crucial when it comes to building inspections. It is advisable to call your building inspector as soon as you begin the process of negotiating a property purchase.  

This will allow you to know how long to specify as your due diligence period for the Building & Pest clause.  Doing so will also help you to schedule the inspection far enough in advance to ensure you are able to attend the inspection, should you desire.

Building Inspections When Buying a House

When buying a house, a building inspection is a key step in the due diligence process. It provides buyers with a comprehensive understanding of the property’s condition, enabling them to make informed decisions and negotiate terms based on the inspector’s findings.

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Building Inspections When Selling a House

While sellers are not typically required to conduct a building inspection, proactively arranging one can offer several advantages. A pre-sale inspection allows sellers to identify and address potential issues in advance, making the property more attractive to prospective buyers and potentially streamlining the selling process.

Contact Us Today for More Information 

You have questions about building inspection information, and ASBIR is ready to provide you with the answers. Contact us today with any enquiries related to asbestos or property inspections. We can be reach on 1300 553 007, or by email at info@asbir.com.au. We look forward to working with you.

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