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Defects and Liability Report

Our defects and liability report ensures the builder is liable for any defects uncovered. The builder is liable to remediate defects (at no cost to the client) uncovered during an inspection.

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What We Inspect

DLI or Defect Liability Inspection

  • Workmanship follows Building Code of Australia and Australian Standards
  •  Roof Cover.
    • Ridge cap,
    • Valleys,
    • Flashing,
    • Gutters,
    • Down pipes,
    • Soakwells,
    • Connections,
    • Gables,
    • Eaves.
  • External Walls
    • Brickwork,
    • Render,
    • Cladding,
    • Lintels,
    • External windows and flyscreens,
    • External taps.
  • Outside areas.
    • External stairs,
    • External balconies,
    • External balustrades,
    • Garages,
    • Carports,
    • Patio,
    • Verandah,
    • Pergola,
    • Alfresco,
    • Pools,
    • Sheds,
    • Paving,
    • Driveway,
    • Crossover,
    • Verge,
    • Fences.


  • Underfloor Structure
  • Flooring
  • Roof space.
    • Internal roof cover,
    • Frame,
    • Insulation,
    • Sarking,
    • Party walls,
    • Venting to external
  •  Individual Room (Room by Room) Inspections.
    • Quality of finish,
    • Ceiling and cornice,
    • Walls and skirting,
    • Windows frames and hardware,
    • Doors and  hardware,
    • Finishes,
    • Cabinets,
    • Closets,
    • Electrical,
    • Tiling,
    • Water/drainage,
    • Exposed brick,
    • Render,
    • Plaster,
    • Paint,
    • Cladding,  
    • Floor cover
  • Open and shut all doors and windows
  • Open and shut all cabinet doors and drawers
  • Drainage to basins and basin overflows and WCs
  • Make sure HWS heats, run hot and cold water to all points, check water flow

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a defects and liability inspection report?

The defects and liability inspection report will capture maintenance issues which once sent to you, can then be sent to the builder.

Our defects and liability report ensures the builder is liable for any defects uncovered. The builder is liable to remediate defects (at no cost to the client) uncovered during an inspection provided they are notified within a 4 month period of a Practical Completion Inspection (PCI).

These defects and liability inspection reports save you a huge amount of money and headache in the long-term because they force builders to remediate defects during the build. This puts pressure on the builder to deliver a product fit for a paying and deserving customer.

Without these defects and liability inspection reports, you will most definitely be left with a house build with hidden problems that could cost a fortune to resolve in the future.

Do you perform same-day inspections?

Yes. Our entire business model is focused on getting you the highest quality, detiled building and pest inspection reports within 24 hours. That’s the WA Building Inspection difference.

How much does a defects and liability inspection report cost?

Defects and Liability Inspection report costs $395 Including GST.

Remember, we have a price beat guarantee!

What do you include in the report?

We document our finding, defects and commentary in plain-english. Our construction progress inspections also include comprehensive and full photo reports.

How long do is the builder liable to remediate defects?

The builder is liable to remediate defects (at no cost to the client) uncovered during an inspection provided they are notified within a 4 month period of a Practical Completion Inspection (PCI).

Generally, a defects and liability report follows on from a PCI inspection but if a PCI is not done with an inspector, it does not mean a Defects and Liability report cannot be produced and relied on.

Should 4 months not be enough time, often an extension can be applied for, provided all parties are in agreement.

The defects liability period applies from ‘practical completion’ which means brought to the stage where the home building work is completed except for any omissions or defects which do not prevent the home building work from being reasonably capable of being used for its intended purpose.

Most home owners don’t know and are often purposely not advised that the onus is on them to contact the builder in writing within the 4 months (or an agreed to time frame) so often this milestone goes past and the inspection never gets done – It is unfortunate if this happens so keep an eye on the time, as 4 months flies by when you are moving in.

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Independent Practical Completion Inspection (PCI)

Practical Completion Inspection also known as (PCI) or handover inspection is an inspection of the building work done on your new home just prior to you taking possession of your property from the builder.

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Construction Progress Inspection

By completing inspections during each stage of construction, issues and defects can be identified and resolved before it becomes too late and potentially costly. 67 Defects and Liability Report

Dilapidation and Comparison Report

Dilapidation reports capture the visible structural condition of a property prior to nearby or neighbouring renovation works, construction or excavation being carried out.

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Salvatore GagliotiSalvatore Gaglioti
20:33 22 Apr 22
I received at all times detailed and professional service from Russell and Bill.My report was very comprehensive.I personally would use WA building inspections again.Very thoughtful and easy to correspond with.Ta.
Te Ate WalkerTe Ate Walker
02:29 04 Apr 22
Russell from WA building inspectors was an absolute legend. very thorough and helped identify a few issues with the property. Very friendly and easy to talk to with a ton of Knowledge and advice as well. The detailed Report was available to next day. highly Recommend Russell
10:47 11 Jan 22
Russell provided us with a very detailed report when reinspecting some roof work at a property we were buying. He explained everything very thoroughly and has a great knowledge of the building industry. We were in a very difficult situation and Russell went above and beyond to help us. I highly recommend Russell and will only use WA Building Inspections in the future.
Tina FordeTina Forde
08:10 11 Dec 21
With only a limited time gap, and several other companies unable to meet the terms of contract, I tried WA Building Inspections. From the moment I could book online within 24hrs, to the very professional and prompt service from Russell, it has been a very simple process. We received a comprehensive 27 page report for a combined building and Pest report, for a awesome cost. I couldn't recommend Russell and his services more highly. Thank you so much for making this so easy for me.

Our Customers

“What I loved most was when Russell said “no such thing as a basic building inspection” he said “it’s comprehensive because it MUST be comprehensive” – His report was littered with maintenance items and pointed out some major safety issues with the house that we have certainly missed, we eventually purchased the home and the items rectified at the seller expense – 5 Stars Russ – Well done”
Lilly – Burns Beach, Perth

“Russell did an extremely detailed building and pest inspection on a property in Hillman we were looking to buy, the report highlighted some major defects and led to us being able to pull out of the contract, I used Russell again on another property and the report was just as detailed, he settled our concerns and we ended up buying the home, Russell has since been able to assist us with council approvals for upcoming renovations, costings and trades, he has demonstrated over and over that he will go the extra mile, we are not just a number, that he is with us for the long run. I could not recommend him enough.”
Mathew – Hillman, Perth

“Service far beyond just the report, working with the agent, the tenants who were in the home, collecting keys, dropping them off, the 45 minute consultation once the report was done and for no extra cost – money well spent, I felt satisfied I used an inspector as detailed as WA Building inspections.”
Sarah – Nedlands, Perth

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