What to expect during a Building Inspection in Perth
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Are you looking to buy a new or existing house in Perth? As you already know, it is essential that you conduct a building inspection before making the final decision. This building inspection can provide you with valuable insights into the condition of the property and any underlying issues that may require attention. Lets explore what you can expect during a building inspection in Perth, from the initial booking to the final report.



Buying a property is a significant investment, but I guess I didn’t need to tell you that. You’re considering spending 30 years worth of income on these bricks and mortar. A building inspection is an important step to ensure that the property is worth the investment. In Perth, building inspections are conducted by licensed and experienced professionals who use specialised equipment and techniques to inspect the property thoroughly.


Booking Your Inspection

The first step in the building inspection process is to book an inspection. This can be done by contacting a licensed building inspector or through a reputable inspection company such as WA Building Inspections Perth. It is essential to choose an inspector or company that is licensed and experienced in conducting building inspections in Perth. If you get lucky, your inspector will be a registered and experienced builder to boot. This uper level of inspector can give you far more detailed insight into the construction of the property and any defects because they actually build houses. WA Building Inspections Perth are one of only a few building inspections companies who’s inspectors are ALL registered builders.


Inspection Scope

The scope of the inspection will depend on the type of property being inspected. the inspection type you ordred and the inspection company’s policies. Let’s say you ordered a comprehensive building and pest inspection from WA Building Inspections, this inspection will cover a detailed pest inspection of the internal and external property where we  dont just look for the presence of pests and other things such as mould, but we also look for the tell-tale signs gthat pests have previously existed here, or are likely to show up in the future due to the conditions of the space. For example, a damp unventilated laundry is a perfect breeding ground for mould. FOr the building inspection itself, the structural elements of the property, including the foundation, walls, roof, and floors are inspected (pro-tip: make sure your inspector actually gets in the roof space to inspect the roof internally because most don’t – we always do). The inspector will also inspect the plumbing, electrical, and heating systems as well as any visible insulation and ventilation.


Inspection Process

During the inspection, the inspector will conduct a visual examination of the property’s interior and exterior. They will also use specialised equipment such as moisture meters, thermal imaging cameras and borescopes to identify any issues that may not be visible to the naked eye.


Common Issues

The building inspector will look for common issues such as cracks in the walls or foundation, water damage, mold & pest infestations (or previous signs of infestations such as cockroach damage and feces). They will also inspect the electrical and plumbing systems for any signs of wear and tear, corrosion, or leaks.



After the inspection, the inspector will provide a comprehensive report detailing their findings. The report will include a summary of the property’s condition, any issues identified during the inspection, and recommendations for repairs or further investigations. The report will also include photographs and diagrams to illustrate any issues.


Benefits of a Building Inspection

A building inspection can provide numerous benefits for property buyers. It can help identify any issues that may require attention before purchasing the property which can save you money in the long run. A building inspection can also provide peace of mind, knowing that the property has been thoroughly inspected by a professional. In our experience, the best buiding inspection reports can also be used as a bargaining chip to negotiate the sale price after the building inspection based on the defects uncovered in the report.


The Final Say

In our experience, it’s a no-brainer. Hire the best building inspection company that you can find in Perth. This is a must-do step when buying a property in Perth. It can provide valuable insights into the condition of the property and any underlying issues that may require attention and could even reduce the sale price of the house you’re looking at buying. By booking a building inspection with a licensed and experienced professional, and hopefully one that uses registered builders you can make an informed decision about your investment.


  1. How long does a building inspection take? A building inspection can take between 2-4 hours, depending on the size of the property and the inspection scope.

  2. Can I attend the inspection? Yes, you can attend the inspection, and it is recommended to do so. This will allow you to ask any questions and discuss any concerns with the inspector.

  3. Can the inspector provide cost estimates for repairs? No, the inspector cannot provide cost estimates for repairs. However, they can provide recommendations for further investigations and repairs.

  4. How much does a building inspection cost? The cost of a building inspection will depend on the size and type of property being inspected. However, the cost typically ranges between $300-$500.

  5. How soon can I receive the inspection report? You can typically receive the inspection report within 24-48 hours after the inspection is completed.