BUILD – Always Sign a Contract – Engage a Contract Builder

It happens more than you'd think...Believing that they can save some money on GST or home warranty insurance, people try to do business through the back door by not signing a contract (ie. engaging a contract builder) - we even get people asking us "how much for cash?" The reality can be pretty … [Read more...]

INSPECT – Case Study of a Building Inspection in Coolangatta

Just recently, we completed a building inspection in Coolangatta on a commercial property that was, in essence, 5 sheds within a concrete block building. Our client was overseas and basically requested we attend the inspection just to confirm that the property was standing and at that address.  He'd … [Read more...]

INSPECT – Building Inspection Secrets Revealed

We have a building inspection process. And its followed every single time we do an inspection. Which might not sound like a "Company Secret Revealed" at first, but if you know what that process is, then realise the importance of following it every single building inspection, it's the … [Read more...]

INSPECT – How Do I Read A Pre-Purchase Report??

When reading a pre-purchase report, it can be easy to get caught up in the minor issues within the building inspection findings. Don't! MINOR issues can also be read as MAINTENANCE and all houses have that. It's the big stuff that you want to focus on.  Below, I've set out a key for you to help … [Read more...]

Pre-Auction Inspections – Marketing Tool or Waste of Time?

There's no doubt there's controversy surrounding the pre-auction inspection - you don't have to Google far to find healthy debate on the blogosphere about their overall merit. If the seller gets one done, there's a perceived potential for corruption between inspector and seller. And if it's … [Read more...]

INSPECT Use Your Building Inspector

This doesn't apply to all building inspectors, but we are special: We believe you get better value when you come along to your building inspection.  While you're there, ask us questions about your new property. Some people have big plans and know what they want immediately, but in case you're not … [Read more...]

BUILD Up Your Portfolio, Property Investor!!

If you're a property investor you have responsibilities! Some (would-be property investors) might say too many responsibilities, but lets face it, if you've got enough capital to own 2 homes, you should have enough cash flow to maintain 2 properties. All Property Managers would agree. It's … [Read more...]

INSPECT Before You Sell…Pre-Sale Inspections

A pre-sale inspection sets you up for success! Before you go to sell a property, you do a lot of different things in preparation: you declutter your house and maybe tidy things up, you get a few different agents in to give you an idea of price and how they plan to market the home, you talk to your … [Read more...]

MAINTENANCE Building Inspectors Inside! Part 3

Once you've gone around outside of your property the natural thing to do is go on in. The main things we building inspectors look for inside the property are MOISTURE and MOVEMENT related. MOVEMENT: Movement is common to most buildings - you hear people call it "settling" and it happens over time … [Read more...]

MAINTENANCE Building Inspection Specialists Checklist Pt 2

Onwards and upwards (or should we say outwards?) Now that you've had a look around your property and make sure there's nothing amiss with the site, move on to the house exterior. This bit is important, building inspection specialists would agree, because your homes' #1 enemy is the … [Read more...]