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.

Minor Defects

Mr Inspector, a qualified building inspector in Melbourne carries out pre-purchase building and pest inspections Melbourne wide.  The above photo depicts what is a minor defect that is required under the Australian Standards fro building inspections to be included in all house inspection reports.

Some building inspectors may class this as a major defect due to a leak possible causing further deterioration to the dwelling e.g. the vanity.  Technically it probably is but such as easy fix that we believe this is a minor/maintenance defect. All taps, traps, plumbing and toilets are checked by Mr Inspector during his house inspections as required by the Australian Standards for pre-purchase building insepctions.  

Building Inspection in Elwood – Major Cracking

The above photograph was taken by Mr Inspector, a qualified building inspector in Melbourne, during a recent inspection in Elwood, Melbourne.  The photo shows large excessive cracking and movement in the external masonry wall.  Three other areas had the same cracking.

The end result was a quote in excess of $45,000 to rectify the footings settlements alone.  After that the walls would require to be re-built, the home needed re-stumping and the rear sun room slab had basically cracked in half. Unfortunately for our client who resided interstate, they purchased the home subject to no  conditions and outside the cooling off period as they were unaware of the standard house buying process.  The client arrived from interstate and saw the cracking and engaged us to assess. This is an expensive reminder that you must do your due diligence before buying a home, including engaging a solicitor or conveyancer to go over the contract of sale and to have the home assessed for building defects and termites.

Building and Pest Inspection in Sandringham

The above Photograph was taken by Mr Inspector, a qualified building and pest inspector, during a building inspection in Sandringham. The inspection photograph depicts the lower section of a bathroom  door architrave with live termites attacking the timber. Look closely and you can see...
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Building Inspection in Brighton

Mr inspector is a qualified building inspector in Melbourne assisting home buys with detailed defects reports on dwellings they are wishing to purchase.

The above photograph was taken by Mr Inspector, a qualified building inspector in Melbourne, during a recent inspection in Brighton, Melbourne. It depicts excessive dampness under a home and upon assessing the sub floor plumbing during the building inspection it was discovered that a storm water pipe connection running to a tank bladder was leaking and no overflow was connected to the tank. Considered a major defect in the building inspection world, although easily rectified.  The problem is that the excess water around footings and foundations can cause some structural movement in masonry walls depending on how long this has been occurring. This shows the importance of obtaining a thorough building inspection by a qualified building inspector in Melbourne before  buying.  A competent building inspector will access the sub floor as this is where most major issues are located or where the cause of a lot of issues start.

House Inspections Melbourne – Wall Cracking

Mr Inspector, a qualified building and pest inspector in Melbourne conducts pre-purchase inspections around Melbourne assisting home owners and purchasers make the right decision. Recently Mr Inspector was lucky enough to be engaged by a property developer to travel to New York and assess an apartment block he was considering investing in.  The above photograph shows some large patched areas and unevenness in the external mason walls. The wall would need extensive works carried out to straighten and stabilise. A structural engineer would need to be engaged to assess and offer rectification methods.

Building and Pest Inspection in Brunswick

Mr Inspector is a qualified Building and Pest inspector operating around Melbourne since 2004. The above photograph shows old termite damage to floor timber found at a house inspection in Brunswick.  The timber channelling is a good indicator of termites but you won’t see...
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House Inspections in Melbourne – Wall Cracking

During our house inspections in Melbourne, we frequently comes across patched wall cracks either internally or externally and the difficultly lies in whether or not these cracks are dormant or live. Apart from the normal house inspection process, further enquires need to be made with tenants or vendors to ascertain when the cracks appeared, when they were patched and if they have been opening up over time.  FurtheraAssessment of the footings, foundation, drainage, trees, plumbing etc. is required.  This enables a more accurate assessment and solution. The above photograph was taken by Mr Inspector, a qualified building inspector in Melbourne after being engaged by a property developer to assess a number of dwellings in Soho, New York in December, 2014. The photograph depicts a masonry wall that has experienced some significant settlement and unevenness.   Extensive patching has taken place.  After consultation with a structural engineer the wall needed to be re-built at quite a large expense.

Thermal Inspections

Mr Inspector, a qualified building inspector (Diploma Building Surveying) in Melbourne, took the above photograph using a thermal imaging camera during one of his Building Inspections in Melbourne.  It depicts dampness in a ceiling lining (dark color) which once invstigated revealed that the shower recess had a pipe leak behind the tiles which was leaking into the ceiling below.  This was undetectable without the thermal imaging camera. Mr Inspector's qualified and experienced building inspectors in Melbourne conduct expert home inspections to make home owners or buyers be aware of any problems a home may have that require repair.  Knowing what problems need immediate repair can save an unsuspecting home buyer money in future repairs or assist to negotiate the price of a home. "The focus of any house inspection in Melbourne should be to find everything wrong with the property that will cost our clients money", says Peter Alexander, a qualified building inspector and pest inspector and also the director of Mr Inspector.  "Having been in the building inspection industry for over 11 years you get to see a lot of house issues, but it is also a focus of ours to put the findings into perspective. Some major defects can be expensive to rectify, some quite cheap and it is my strong belief that a client should not walk away from every home due to defect presence. Conversely, there are some homes that I would walk away from and i have no qualms telling my clients that."

House Inspection St Kilda – Timber Rot

Mr Inspector carries out comprehensive building and pest inspections Melbourne wide with a focus on locating structural defects, major defects, safety hazards and maintenance defects requiring repair or replacement and current or past termite infestation and damage. The above photograph was taken by mr inspectors qualified building inspector during a building inspection in St Kilda and depicts timber fungal decay (rot) in a window frame.  Ultimately, any timber decay or rot should be replaced rather than patched as depicted above. We often see window frames that have just been patched and the timber becomes spongy if not all the rot has been removed or replaced. This will will worsen over time and cause further decay of the frame, whereby total replacement is recommended.  Technically, this would be considered a major defect, however this is easily rectifiable by a qualified carpenter. If you need any assistance when purchasing a home in Melbourne, please feel free to call mr Inspector and he will be able to assist.

Building Inspection in Melbourne – Safety Defects

The above photograph was taken by Mr Inspector, a qualified building inspector in Melbourne (Diploma Building Surveying) who assists home buyers and owners with extremely detailed defects inspection reports, for use either before they purchase a home or for those preparing to sell their homes.

Part of a pre-purchase building inspection in Melbourne involves inspecting the home for Safety Hazards and reporting on each individual hazard and recommending rectification methods. The photograph above was taken during a building inspection in Elwood and depicts a chimney that has been blocked.  This is OK if you know it is blocked but for the unsuspecting home buyers who comes in a lights a fire it could cause excess smoke damage internally or the cover to ignite and cause an external fire. Some homes have had the chimney's removed from the ceiling upward but left the fireplace intact - this is a extreme hazard if one does not know about it.  Lighting a fire in this circumstances could easily cause a roof fire and we have seen many fire damaged roof frames during our building inspections in Melbourne. If you require advice or assistance from a qualified house inspector in Melbourne, please call us and we will be able to assist.
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