Questions to Ask When Hiring a Building Inspector

If you’ve never hired a building inspector before, chances are you don’t really know what you should be looking for. Fortunately, we’ve got a list of questions that you should be asking yourself during the process that will help you separate the great inspectors from the chaff. Without further ado, here are the questions you should be asking when looking to hire a building inspector:

Is this person qualified and licensed to work as a building inspector?
When talking to a potential inspector, make sure you ask them how long they’ve been working in the industry and how much experience they have. Most building inspectors are licensed builders who have a good grasp of proper home construction. Every licensed builder should be registered and have a licensed number. You should be able to check the registration details on their license to make sure everything is in order. It’s also a good idea to look for surveyor and architect qualifications if they have experience in those fields.

Does this person have the skills that I’m looking for?
There are several types of building inspections. If you’re looking for someone to do a pest inspection, you’re going to need someone who is a professional in pest tracking. A pre-purchase inspector, on the other hand, has to be an expert in home construction. It’s important for you to make sure that the person you hire is an expert in the type of inspection that you need.

What are the extents of their inspection services?
A proper building inspection can take time. Most inspections take under two hours. However, large buildings and those with complicated issues may take some time. There are some general things that every pre-purchase building inspector should cover. Here are a few of them:


  • Wall cracks
  • Stains from mold or water leaks
  • Cavity dampness
  • Plumbing issues such as poor drainage and poor water pressure
  • Functional windows
  • Rusty framework
  • Electrical risks
  • Pest infestations
  • Roof integrity
  • Structural integrity of yard and external structures


There are definitely some other things that may be required depending on the building that is being inspected. There may be times when you need specialized inspectors as well. An in-depth pest analysis, for instance, requires a separate pest inspection.


Does this person offer follow-up services?
Some building inspection services don’t offer follow-up services or charge extra fees to discuss the results of the inspection. Make sure you look for an inspector who includes all their services in one charge so you know exactly what you’re paying.

Will this person allow you to be present during the inspection?
The potential buyer of the building should be allowed to be present during an inspection. This gives them the assurance of knowing everything that is being discovered during an inspection. That being said, the buyer needs to know when to ask questions and when to step back. A home inspection requires quite a bit of concentration and stepping back is important so that the building inspector can go over all the little details and make no mistakes.

Inner West Property Inspections specialises in building inspections in Sydney, get in touch today to see how we can help.

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