Mr Inspector advises against getting a friend to do your pre-purchase building and pest inspections in Melbourne.

Mr Inspector is qualified and experienced to find defects that have been caused by builders, carpenters, plumbers etc. Defects can be due to neglect, lack of maintenance or building structures that do not comply with the Building Code of Australia or the Building Regulations.

We see persons buying homes turn up to open for inspections with their builder friend and they have about 20 minutes to half an hour to inspect the home – this is nowhere near enough time to carry out a thorough building and pest inspection.

They do not have a torch to look under the home, a ladder to get in the roof, a moisture meter, termatrac meter, thermal imaging camera or timber testers to check for termites.

Most Builders are knowledgeable and see obvious defects but don’t have all the necessary equipment to carry out a timber pest inspection for termites and more importantly they will not be insured for pre-purchase house inspections or pest inspections so if anything goes wrong your friendship and your hip pocket will suffer.