Home & Building Inspections, Inspector - How It Works
Home & Building Inspection/Inspections
The term "Home Inspection" is a broad description for services that are otherwise and more specifically called building inspections, pest inspections, pre-purchase inspections, construction inspections and a combination of more specific trade inspections.
The lay mans term home inspection has most likely grown in popularity simply by association with the inspection of a home and most commonly referred to when making a purchase of residential real estate. To use the term home inspection when seeking professional building or pest management advice is technically incorrect.
While the real estate purchaser may commonly refer to getting a “Home Inspection” it is critically important to recognise and use the appropriate term in the act of engaging an inspector and that the specific field of inspection is identified. Many people in the process of buying a home will seek a pre-purchase home inspection but they need to be specific as to whether they are seeking a pest inspection or a building inspection, or both as is often the case. In the case of a house still being constructed the type of inspection required, processes, qualifications and insurances required will alter again.
Building inspections standard - For real estate buyers that are wanting a home inspector of a house that has already been completed, they should ask for a home inspector, inspection and report as per the Australian Standard 4349.1-2007 Inspection of Buildings – Pre-purchase Inspections – Residential buildings.
Differently and separately if the home buyer is seeking a timber pest inspection, they should ask for a qualified inspector, inspection and report as per AS4349.3
These standards are updated and revised from time to time, to obtain more information visit Standards Australia and the appropriate inspection standard for you, go to www.standards.org.au
To view a home inspector advertising on this site please view our state by state directory map here, importantly make sure you seek the appropriately qualified, experienced and insured home inspector for your situation.