When looking for the services of qualified building inspector Housesafe recommends the following:
- Ask if they HouseSafe accredited? Ask this question. Housesafe Accredited means they have had the appropriate training with housesafe.
- Ask the inspector to supply a copy of their current PI insurance (Certificate of Currency for Professional Indemnity.) This way you know both YOU and the inspector are covered in the event that something is not shown in the report.
- Check the background of the inspector; most States don’t require the inspector to have a builder’s licence or background.
A Pre-Purchase Inspector does not need to hold a Builder’s License. However a Building Inspector should!
- Ask for a recent copy of the inspector’s report to see how much detail has been noted.
- Here is our directory of qualified inspectors that we recommend.
- Do an internet search on the building inspector to check any negative feedback and also positive feedback.
- The cost of a standard Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Report will depend on ability. As a guidance only, the fee should be between $400 and $1,000 depending on the inspector’s experience and the size of the property. You get what you pay for so take this into consideration.
- If a building inspector can’t provide you with any of the above information then keep searching for someone who can.
- Ask for references.