As per the Australian Standards for pre-purchase building inspections we must report on Major Defects and a general impression regarding the extent of minor defects. We also must inspect for any major defect that is an urgent and serious safety hazard. Mr. Inspector has supplied a list and examples below of the types of defects we look for and report on.

Your building inspections report will include Structural Defects, Major Defects, Minor Defects & Maintenance Issues and Major Defects that are an urgent and Serious Safety Hazard.

There are many defects that Mr Inspector searches for in a home inspection. There are over 1000 potential defects we could potentially list in your report, but one would hope that wasn’t the case.

Apart from listing defects and supplying photographs, the object of getting us to carry out your home inspection is to provide advice to you regarding the condition of the property and to form an opinion of the general condition of the property in comparison to a home that is of similar age and construction that has been well maintained over the period of its life.

After 11 years of experience in the house inspection industry we can guarantee you that every house will have defects. Houses like cars get old, some are poorly maintained and some are pretty good overall.

Mr Inspector doesn’t just send you a house inspection report listing all these defects for you to try and work out. I wouldn’t pay for that. We tell you what type of defects they are, where they are located and what’s required to fix them. All our house inspection reports are about 60 to 70 pages and include photographs of the defects with labels and arrows to help you out.

Best of all, Mr Inspector is available all hours of the night until you understand your building inspection report. We do this for your benefit and ours because we would rather you fully understand it on the same day when it is fresh in our mind rather that calling us the next day when we are under a house.

IMPORTANT: Mr Inspector wants you to totally understand the significance of the defects we find. A home can have major defects that are cheap to fix as well as minor defects that are expensive. By having an understanding of what is expensive to rectify, you know what you’re getting into, know what it is all going to cost to fix and then you can decide which way you want to go or alternatively how much you are willing to spend to buy the property.


In Australia, a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection should be carried out as per Australian Standards (Inspection of Buildings – Part 1: Pre-purchase Inspections – Residential Buildings (AS 4349.1 – 2007).

This Standard is quite a large and overwhelming document that provides Building Inspectors with the basic criteria for the inspection and the inspection report. It tells us what to inspect on and also what we shouldn’t include in our house inspections. In basic terms we inspect all visible areas within our area of expertise, telling you what type of defects are present, where the house inspection defects are located and what you need to do to rectify them.

Most Building Inspectors are insured in the event something may go wrong, some are not. If a building inspector did not satisfy the requirements of this Standard his/her insurance company would likely not support them in the event of a claim by a client.

Mr Inspector is fully insured and carries out his inspections in accordance with AS 4349.1 2007.

House Inspections – Safety Defects

Mr Inspector is a qualified building inspector service and has been conducting pre-purchase building inspections Melbourne wide since 2004.  We aim to assist home buyers and home owners to identify and rectify major defects, structural defects and safety hazards.

The photograph above was taken during a recent house inspection in Melbourne and shows a gap between balustrade on an upper balcony of a recently built home.  The photograph shows that the gap between two balustrade posts is 140 mm. which is defective and a safety hazard. Gaps between balustrades, posts and the like can not exceed 125 mm.  This is considered the average size of an infants head and thus we don't want children crawling through these gaps and falling. This regulation applies to any landing, stairs, balcony and the like that is 1 meter from the ground.  This includes internal areas as well. The above finding is a safety hazard and must be rectified by the builder to avoid potential injury or death. The importance of engaging a qualified and knowledgeable building inspector is paramount before you buy a home, as indicated above.  Unfortunately not all builders know about every single building requirement and these defects can go unnoticed until it is too late. If you have any questions about house inspections around Melbourne do not hesitate to call and I will be able to assist.  

Building Inspection Sandringham

Mr Inspector is a qualified Building Inspector in Melbourne having completed a Diploma in Building Surveying and been operating since 2004.

The above photograph was taken at a building inspection in Sandringham and shows poor workmanship regarding a plumbing penetration.  This has the potential to cause further brick cracking up the wall unless adequately sealed and grouted. Having your potential home inspected thoroughly before you buy will place you in a position where you can negotiate and also ascertain all the potential costs of any rectification works required.  This defect is a relatively cheap and easy fix.

Building Inspection Mt Waverly

Mr Inspector is a qualified Building Inspector in Melbourne having completed a Diploma in Building Surveying and been operating since 2004.

The above photograph depicts excess water ponding at the base of a stump footing which over time can cause extensive settlement in footings and foundations, movement cracking in external and internal walls and floor unevenness. This excess water is technically considered a major structural defects as it has the potential to cause one, albeit it hasn't caused problems at the moment. A plumber would need to be engaged to assess all pipes and drainage around the home to ascertain the cause.

Building Inspection Gardenvale

Mr Inspector is one of a few qualified building inspectors operating around Melbourne and assisting home buyers make an informed decision before they purchase a home.

The above photo was taken during a recent building inspection in Gardenvale, Melbourne and depicts a table leg being used as a stump footing - at least they had it varnished. This shows the importance of having an inspection carried out on a home before you purchase. The original red gum stumps were decayed and easily wobbled.  Re-stumping was required after obtaining a building permit to do so, but instead this owner had old table legs placed beside the decayed stumps. The yellow color in the floor bearer is powder post borer damage.

Termite Inspection Yarraville

Mr Inspector is a qualified building Inspector in Melbourne and conducts pre-purchase building and pest inspections. The above photograph depicts live termites found under a house inspection in Yarraville, Melbourne This was the third inspection we had done for our client and they were...
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Building Inspection Richmond – Shower Leaks

Mr Inspector, a qualified building inspector in Richmond recently conducted a house inspection in Richmond and the above photograph shows excess moisture readings on a lower wall. It is imperative that building inspectors assess moisture levels on lower walls behind bathrooms and showers during all inspections.

The use of moisture meters for a building inspection is not a requirement under the Australian Standards but Mr Inspector believes it is essential to check around wet areas for any leaks.  This includes inspection of the walls adjoining bathrooms. In regard to the above photograph, it was ascertained that a leak had developed through the shower tap spindles and all that was required was to have the tap penetrations siliconed up to prevent water ingress. This defect would never have been detected if a moisture meter was not utilised on the lower walls in the adjoining bedroom and shows the importance of engaging an experienced building inspector who also has the right building inspection equipment and is willing to go outside the requirements of the Australian Standards. If you have any questions please contact Mr Inspector and he will be able to assist with all you inspection needs.

Building Inspection Gardenvale – Findings

Mr Inspector is a qualified building inspector with a diploma of Building Surveying and carries out pre-purchase building inspections Melbourne.

The above photograph was taken during a recent building and pest inspection in Gardenvale, Melbourne and depicts a common rafter that has been cut to accommodate a sky light installation. This is commonly seen and although should not cause any problems it would not be advisable to walk on the roof above.  Additional support for the tile load above should have been installed to comply with Timber framing standards. Worst case scenario here is that the tile weight may cause some sagging and potential leaking. It is a relatively easy and inexpensive fix.

Qualified Building Inspector

Mr Inspector is a qualified building inspector in Melbourne with 12 years experience and carries out building and pest inspections for persons purchasing homes.

The above photograph shows powder post borer to a timber member in the roof frame and was detected during a building inspection in Melbourne. This is often seen in conventional hard wood timber and misdiagnosed by some as Termite damage.  We have often had to go to homes because someone like a cable installer has stated termite damage exists. Powder post borer do minimal damage to timber and once they have consumed the sap wood they normally die. If a around 30% of a timber member has been damaged by borer it is preferable to have it replaced, especially if it is a structural load bearing timber member.

Building Inspection in Thornbury – Minor Defects

Mr Inspector is one of few actually qualified Building Inspectors conducting pre-purchase building and pest inspections in Melbourne and for 12 years has been assisting home buyer make the right decision.

The above photograph was taken by Mr Inspector during a building inspection in Thornbury, Melbourne, and depicts a door bolt that has been inserted the wrong way. This is very minor in the scheme of the inspection but technically something which should be reported in the building inspection report as required by the Australian Standards for pre-purchase building inspections. Some building inspectors will report on this and others won't.  This is not due to incompetence, merely that the Australian Standards state that we do not have to report on each individual minor defect, rather include an overall opinion in regard of minor defects. I recently heard of a building inspection client complaining that a door hinge screw was missing that was not reported on and had been quoted $270 to repair.  A hinge screw cost 10 cents. We include every conceivable minor maintenance type defects within our reports, so basically going over and beyond what is required of us as per the Australian Standards.  We do this because when you are spending so much money on a home these days we think you should know everything that is wrong with it.

Building Inspection in Middle Park – Termites

Mr Inspector is a qualified Building Inspector and also a qualified Timber Pest Inspector who has been conducting detailed building inspections for over 12 years in the Melbourne area. The above photographs shows a mud lead going up a stump which was found during...
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