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.

Building Inspection Chelsea – Plumbing Defect

Mr inspector is a qualified building inspector in Chelsea, Melbourne helping home buyers with detailed independent house inspection reports on dwellings they are wishing to purchase.

The above photographs was taken by Mr Inspector during a recent building inspection in Chelsea and depicts a down pipe that has not been adequately connected to storm water. This  has the potential to cause footings and foundation differential settlement (cracking in walls) and is also very attractive to termites. This is considered a major defect as per the definition in the Australian standards for pre-purchase building and pest inspections.  It may be quite easy to rectify is storm pipes in along the side of the home but if they don't thus can be an expensive fix to run storm pipes.


Mr inspector is a qualified building inspector in Melbourne assisting home buyers with detailed defects reports on dwellings they are wishing to purchase. The above photograph depicts termite damage to a kitchen bench top that was covered by the owner of the home during...
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Building Inspections Bentleigh – Leaks

Mr Inspector is a qualified building and pest inspection service conducting professional and independent building and pest inspections in Bentleigh.

The above photographs was taken during a recent building inspection in Bentleigh and depicts a leaking chimney. Upon closer inspection it was ascertained that the chimney capping had dislodged.  This is considered a major defect due to the fact that further deterioration may occur to the property due to the leak. Although considered a major defect, it is quite easy and cheap to repair. It is important to obtain a qualified building inspector (Diploma of Building Surveying) to assess your potential home prior to purchase so that defects like the one above are rectified as soon as possible.  Depending on your contract you may even be able to discuss repairs by the owner prior to purchase. If you are in the market of purchasing a home in Melbourne we strongly recommend a a thorough and exhaustive building and pest inspection so that you can make an informed decision prior to purchase.

Building Inspections Prahran

Mr Inspector is a qualified building inspector with a diploma in building surveying and has been carrying out pre-purchase building inspections for over 12 years. The above photographs depicts live termites found during a pre-purchase building inspection in Prahran this week. Although not found...
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Building Inspection Results – Prahran

The above photograph was taken by Mr Inspector, a qualified and independent Building Inspector in Melbourne during a building inspection and depicts powder post borer damage to a floor joist.

The photographs was taken during a recent building inspection in Prahran Melbourne and our client was concerned that the damage was termite damage.  This is a common error that people make, including builders.  There is a large difference between borer and termites and what they actually do to timber. Powder Post borer attack the sapwood in hardwood timber and this can include roof frame and floor frame. The sap wood in the timber normally is within the timber when milled and powder post borer eat it and then die.  They leave a fine powdery dust behind, hence the name powder post borer.  Most of the time the timber member that has been attacked does not need to be replaced. During a lot of our Building Inspections in Melbourne, we come across borer damage, especially older homes constructed from hardwood. Newer homes using pine framing do not experience powder post borer problems. I will endeavour to include other borer articles soon, as some pine flooring can be attacked by borer and this also has people worrying that it is termite damage. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Mr Inspector.      

Building Inspection Brunswick – Stumping Defect

The above photograph was taken by Mr Inspector, a qualified building inspector and depicts a non compliant stump footing found at a building inspection in Brunswick.

This stump footing has not been adequately footed in the ground, rather it has been placed onto a timber off cut.  Stumps carry load and are required to be footed as per a geotech or engineers computations. This is considered a structural defect although it is rather easy and cheaply rectifed if it is only one stump as in the case above. It is important that your building inspector is qualified having completed a degree in Building Surveying and equally important that they access the sub floor to inspect a homes footings.

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.