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House and Home Inspections Canberra and NSW
Country homes are a specialty
We service all ACT and surrounding New South Wales: Murrembateman, Yass, Goulburn, Cooma, Queanbeyan, Googong, Gundaroo, Tarago, Bungendore, Jindabyne, Berndale, Waga Waga, Cootamundra, Young, plus the coastal areas around Bateman’s Bay.
We are the closest to the local ACT areas of Casey, Amaroo, Nicholls, Crace, Gungahlin, Bonner, Amaroo, Franklin, Harrison and Throsby.
In New South Wales we are usually asked to do Practical Completion Inspections in the estate of Googong, and for any new homes outside of the Canberra Area.
We also do Practical Completion Inspections all over the ACT territory.
Out in the country regions of New South Wales, we get asked to inspect for buyers in all regions beyond the ACT borders and we are usually asked to provide a Building Inspection and a Timber Pest Inspection package for $567 inc GST, plus travel costs (which are low).
Our inspections are many
See Inspection Types for more details. We do the standard ACT Building Inspection, Timber Pest (termite) Inspection, and the Energy Efficiency Rating Inspection, and ACT Compliance report, all for $897 inc GST.
We do the traditional Pre-purchase Inspection, which is sometimes referred to as a Building inspection or a Structural Inspection for $427 inc GST. For large homes, and homes outside of Canberra, there is more detail on our pricing on this link here.
We can also mediate between the home builder and the buyer if needed.
We do a standard Practical Completion Inspection on newly built homes for $427, including GST.
The Building Inspection
The Building Inspection is the traditional inspection of checking the structural elements and the whole of the building. Mainly this is looking for any significant defect that prevents livability. In a new house and an old house the inspection is gauged to the age of the house. An older home would not have the same standards that are applied to a new home. You apply the standards that are expected for the age of the property. Nevertheless, a significant defect is the same for any age home. With our reports come a checklist so you can see what we are inspecting against. You will also see that we apply our inspection to the roof, walls, footings, floors, structural members and so on.
In addition to the structural report, we cover everything else in the home, other than the cosmetics. This will include the stove, hotplate, hot water system, lights and GPOs, taps, basins, toilets and the like. We are not licensed plumbers or electricians, but we can inspect to determine if these items work as we would if the builder. Should you need a professional electrician, for example, tell us and we will engage one for you at an additional expense. But such is not normally expected.
What standard will we want or expect? One client asked us one time to do the inspection per the Golden Rule. We have been applying that ever since. This means that if we were the vendor, and if we were the buyer, how would we like the inspection to be conducted and reported? We also believe that a good inspection, which is conducted professionally, will enable a good end sale. If you were the seller, or if you were the buyer, you would both like to walk down the street a few months after the sale, and be happy that you met, and be happy that you both conducted the sale. That is what we wish for you as your inspector.
Termite and Timber Pest Inspections
These inspections are conducted along with the Building Inspection. We are trained to look for all signs of termite and timber pest activity. We will also let you know if we find borer, fungi or other timber pests. Furthermore, we will also alert you to conducive conditions that can encourage timber pests. This might include loose timber lying around, moisture in places that attract termites, and so on.
Energy Efficiency Ratings (EER)
The EER is mandatory for all houses, townhouses, and home units. This is an inspection that is followed up with a report which gives so many stars between 0 and 6, and also assigns a point value to the home, with regards its energy efficiency. This system then allows the buyer to gauge every house with regards his expected heating/cooling bill and energy consumption. The EER works on a computerized algorithm. The energy-rater puts in the measurements of the house, its window types and sizes, insulation, floor coverings, window curtain treatments, shadows, obstructions and so on. The computer algorithm gives the rating figures at the end.
In addition to the rating result, the report will also have a list of what can be done to improve the energy rating of the home, and what that improvement will bring in point value to your specific dwelling. Once the EER is done it must be sent to ACTPLA with the right fee. The cost of this is in your inspection fee.
The Compliance Report is a report on what is approved to be built there, from the government reports, and what is actually there. Often there is a difference. And if there is a difference we will advise you on how best to rectify the situation, should you wish to.
The Conveyancing Package is a set of plans sent to the inspector by ACTPLA (ACT Planning Authority). The inspector first requests the plans and pays for them. ACTPLA then gather them together and send them out to the inspector. He then assuages what is on the inspecting property, compared to what is on the plans. He then writes a brief report on this, which is the Compliance Report. He also uses these plans to assist in working out the home’s Energy Efficiency Rating.
Simply, we are registered builders, who provide advice to help you sell your home. In Canberra, by law, you need the full Vendor Pre-Purchase Inspection before you can sell. If you are building from interstate, or overseas, you will need house construction inspections, especially at the practical completion stage.
Our prices are low and fair
We give good service. We are not expensive and we are professional. We know buildings.