In Melbourne, Building Inspection costs will vary depending on whether the person is actually qualified (need a Degree or Diploma of Building Surveying), the experience of the inspector, the size of the dwelling and whether or not the inspector has indemnity insurance if something is missed. Beware that some may be cheap as they not actual building inspectors and don’t hold any insurance.

BUYERS BEWARE – “My enquiries reveal, unfortunately, that the majority of people doing pre-purchase building inspections in Melbourne are not qualified or insured building inspectors.  Some say that are Certified House inspectors but this is not recognised as a qualified Building Inspector.  To be a qualified building inspector in Victoria you must have completed a degree of diploma in building surveying, as per the Building Act 1993. A so called “certified house inspector” has done an in house course with an inspection company which normally takes 2 days.”  – Peter Alexander – Building Inspector – Director.


MR INSPECTOR TICKS ALL THE BOXES

✓     QUALIFIED – Degree of Diploma in Building Surveying required to be a building inspector.

✓     QUALIFIED – Certificate 3 in Timber Pest Management – Technical

✓     INSURED – Fully insured with indemnity and liability insurance  

✓     EXPERIENCED – 15 years doing inspections. Most are in and out in 2 yrs

✓     WELL KNOWN – used by leading buyers agents/advocates lawyers and conveyancers.

✓     KNOWLEDGEABLE – assisted in building defects list for My Inspection App currently used world wide.

✓     EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE – constant updates, never ending advice and on the phone to 10.30 p.m. 


IMPORTANT ADVICE FROM A FULLY QUALIFIED BUILDING INSPECTOR 

I advise that Under no circumstances agree to or request a verbal inspection – These inspections will not be covered by Insurance as verbal only house inspections are outside the scope of Australian Standard 4349.1 – pre-purchase building inspections.


OUR FEES

NOTE: OUR FEES BELOW INCLUDE GST so the price below is the total fee.
COMBINED BUILDING & TERMITE INSPECTION – MOST POPULAR
You RECEIVE a 90-130 Page inspection report on major defects, minor defects, maintenance issues, safety hazards, termites, borer & timber fungal decay – All emailed on the same day.

1-2 Bedroom dwelling – $550

3-4 Bedroom dwelling – $660

5-6 Bedroom dwelling – $770

7-8 Bedroom dwelling – $880

BUILDING INSPECTION ONLY or a TIMBER PEST INSPECTION ONLY
60-90 page inspection report on major defects, minor defects, maintenance issues and safety hazards – emailed on same day.

1-2 Bedroom dwelling – $440

3-4 Bedroom dwelling – $550

5-6 Bedroom dwelling – $660

7-8 Bedroom dwelling – $770

HANDOVER INSPECTION (PAINT DEFECTS NOT INCLUDED)
2-3 hours required – 60-90 page inspection report on defects as per the Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2015.

1-2 Bedroom dwelling – $660

3-4 Bedroom dwelling – $770

5-6 Bedroom dwelling – $880

7-8 Bedroom dwelling – $990

HANDOVER INSPECTION (PAINT DEFECTS INCLUDED)
2-3 hours required – 60-90 page inspection report on defects as per the Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2015.

1-2 Bedroom dwelling – $770

3-4 Bedroom dwelling – $880

5-6 Bedroom dwelling – $990 

7-8 Bedroom dwelling – $1100

DEFECTS INSPECTIONS FOR OWNERS  

Fees as per pre-purchase inspections above.

ASBESTOS INSPECTION & SAMPLE

From $400.00

NOTE: An additional fee for distances outside CBD will apply – $50 for 30-50 km, $100 for 51 km to 70 km, $200 for 71 km to 100 km, $400 for 101 km to 150 km.

A cancellation Fee of up to $300 may apply if we are not notified within 5 hours of the confirmed Inspection time.

THINGS TO DO AND ASK WHEN LOOKING FOR COMPETENT INSPECTORS
  • Get a sample report form them to start with.  Then you will know what you are paying for.
  • Request a copy of the certificate of insurance – some say they carry their own insurance which means they are not insured
  • Ask the inspector what the Australian Standard section the report complies with – if they don’t know 4349.1 (pre-purchase Building inspection) and 4349.3 (Timber Pest Inspection) you’ve called the wrong place
  • Ask if the inspector does verbal only reports (no report) for a cheaper fee?  If they say yes, remember verbal reports are not covered by insurance if they miss something.
  • What time can I call you after the inspection? Some close at 5 p.m.  We’re available on mobile to 10.30 p.m.
  • Does the report contain labelled photographs of defects?
  • Is the report at least 60 pages in length?
  • Is the report emailed on the same day?

Once you have confirmed the above points, you will know exactly what you are getting for your money and you’ll be covered if anything goes wrong.

Payment Policy

You can pay Mr Inspector by Visa Card, Master Card, cash or Internet Banking.  We can only send you the inspection reports once we have either received payment or confirmation of payment if you are internet banking.