Building Inspection Defects Brisbane

Residential Building Inspection Defects Brisbane

Arranging a residential building inspection defects report in Brisbane with the skilled experts at A1 Building and Pest Consultancy is one of the best steps you can take before purchasing a property. A thorough inspection from a trained eye can help to identify major defects or issues with a property in advance of you pursuing its purchase.

Learn essential information and make an informed choice regarding your dream home with the help of A1 Building and Pest Consultancy.

Are Building Inspections, Pest Inspections And Defects Inspections The Same Thing? 

A building inspection checking for structural defects is different from a pest inspection, however, they are services that are often paired together. When considering buying a home that is older and has already been lived in, it is highly recommended to have a detailed inspection done.

Known as a pre purchase building inspection, these inspections involve a thorough review of the structural aspects of a property and look for the presence of any pests such as termites.

The inspection report that accompanies a pre-purchase inspection will outline any areas of concern that a potential owner should be aware of. This may include leaks, water damage, termite damage, information regarding current infestations, structural integrity and more.

By combining the benefits of pest inspection reports and a building report, you gain a clear, unbiased report regarding the condition of the property.

A timber pest inspection consists of a more thorough look at a property to identify in-depth, signs of pests or conditions which are more likely to lead to an infestation or timber damage. These include not just termites but fungal decay, wood rot, carpenter ants and borers. 

A standard building and pest inspection does not always include this additional detail in the pest and building inspection report.  

A new build handover inspection differs greatly from a pre-purchase pest and building inspection. Handover inspections are focused on assessing the workmanship of a new build and whether contractual specifics have been met during the building project.

An inspector undertaking a handover inspection will check for structural defective building work, that the property has been built following all relevant codes and that it meets required Australian standards.

Handover inspections do not check for damage from pests or damage in general as they are new properties that have not yet been occupied. They will note any damage that has occurred during the construction process or if things are not completed properly, allowing the owner to have these resolved in advance of making their final payment.

Gain advanced insights into potential issues a property may have or has had in the past

Negotiate a better price for a property by leveraging the required repair costs against the requested sale price.

Seek out professional advice on how any issues could impact the property in the future and outline what the risks are should you proceed.

Why Organise A Pest and Building Defects Inspection In Brisbane?

Building and pest inspections that highlight defects are critical to protecting your interests as a buyer. Failure to organise a pest and building defects inspection in Brisbane could see you end up with a nightmare property that is riddled with issues.

Our technical expertise and unbiased reporting aim to empower buyers, enabling them to make the best decision based on their circumstances.

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What If Problems Are Found?

Should our comprehensive report expose issues with a property, you can then decide whether to pursue buying it. With the knowledge contained in the report, you may be able to negotiate a lower price to accommodate any necessary repairs.

Defective building work, major or minor defects, pest infestations and more can all cost thousands upon thousands to rectify. This is why it is so essential to ensure you have the full picture of the condition of a property before buying it. 

How Long Does An Inspection Take?

Generally, an inspection will take between one to two hours to complete. This timeline can vary, however, depending on the size of the property to be assessed. The time involved will also differ depending on how clean a home is and how accessible all key inspection sites are.

To facilitate an accurate and efficient building and pest inspection in Brisbane we recommend clearing away clutter or furniture that obstructs doorways and cupboards. We also request that gardens and grass be trimmed away from the sides of the property where possible so all areas can be thoroughly inspected.

What We Don’t Offer

  • Swimming pools.
  • Air conditioning functionality and compressors.
  • Whether there are working smoke alarms.
  • Taps or plumbing for function, leaks, rust or damage.
  • Gas fittings.

Should during the course of our building inspections in Brisbane we notice an area of concern we don’t usually report on, we may still mention it in passing. Anything that is non-structural however, is not legally required to be inspected or noted. This is why you should always carry out a visual inspection of your own and thoroughly check the areas noted above also.


Specific requests such as pool safety inspections can be carried out as part of our building inspection process when required.

Most importantly, a building inspector cannot make guarantees about the structural soundness of a property. Their role is to detect and alert you to defects that may or might be related to any structural movement or instability and advise accordingly.

  • That any toilets are operational and without fault.
  • The hot water system for signs of rust or leaks.
  • For the presence of asbestos.
  • Zoning regulations
  • Appliances.

What Does A Pest Inspector Do?

Similar to a building inspection report, a pest inspector reviews timber floors, walls, window and door frames, doors, cabinets, crawl spaces, roof frames, eaves, and foundations. Rather than looking for structural concerns, they are expertly trained to spot evidence of pest infestations or termite damage.


Even the most well-hidden termite activity can often be discovered through our pest inspections Brisbane. In addition to a visual inspection, our experienced inspectors may also use advanced technology such as Termatrac motion detectors which can find live termites inside wall and floor cavities, moisture meters, and/or a thermal imaging device.

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What Are Inspectors Looking For?

During pest inspections and building inspections, your inspector is focused on reviewing key areas of the home for signs of damage or pests. Subfloor areas, roof voids, bathrooms, kitchens, cupboards, skirting and door frames will all be checked for signs of structural or pest related damage. This may include checking any fences shared with neighbouring and adjoining properties.

Our Building Inspectors will check:

  • Foundations
  • Retaining walls
  • Whether all doors and windows can be opened
  • That all built-in cabinets open and close properly
  • If there are any active water leaks
  • Safety hazards such as staircases, flooring (slip hazards) and balustrades
  • For signs of rising damp and mould
  • That floors, walls and ceilings are safe and level – any warps, bulges or sagging will be noted
  • Exterior walls, marking any cracking or subsidence
  • The safety and age of the circuitry and whether there is a safety switch installed
  • The roof frame, roofing, guttering, and drainpipes for damage or signs of leaks
  • Whether there are smoke alarms (visual inspection only)
  • Beneath the property ensuring there is adequate ventilation and drainage

Building Inspections For Defects In Brisbane Do Not Include

  • The hot water system age and whether there are signs of rust or leaks
  • Air conditioning units or compressors for functionality
  • Working smoke alarms
  • Swimming pools (pool safety inspections can be carried out upon request)
  • Gas fittings
  • Plumbing
  • The presence of drug residues
  • Toilets to ensure they are operational
  • The presence of asbestos
  • Appliances
  • Taps and under sink plumbing for leaks, rust, or damage
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During home inspections, the age of the home is taken into account and its final scoring will be made in consideration of this

No guarantees about the structural stability of a property can be made during a pest and building defects inspection in Brisbane. A building inspector will simply assess and report their findings.

Our Pest Inspections Brisbane Involve Checking For

  • broken or damaged items and holes in timber
  • droppings, track marks and pest-related odours
  • rodent or possum activity
  • live insect activity such as flying termites or discarded wings
  • nests both inside and outside the property
  • the presence of dead pests such as cockroaches inside cupboards

To facilitate the most detailed report possible, our pest inspectors may also employ the use of a moisture meter, and/or a thermal sensor/imaging device or a Boroscope camera.

Through our reporting and pest inspection recommendations, you can determine whether your Brisbane property is considered safe to inhabit or needs remedial works carried out.

Detailed investigation

Our review includes details of whether there is a current termite management system in place or whether there are any telltale signs related to current or old termite damage. Where required, we may prescribe invasive investigation to the areas in question through the use of specialised Boroscope cameras.


Our combined Brisbane building pest inspection services are incredibly detailed. We work hard to pick up signs other inspectors may miss, ensuring your Brisbane property purchase is made with full disclosure of any pest-related risks.

Are Pest Inspections And Termite Inspections The Same Thing?

No, termite inspections are specifically for the purpose of checking for and identifying termite activity.

Timber pest inspections are carried out as part of a building pest inspection and go into detail regarding the presence of any pests rather than just termites. This means that any signs of rats, fleas, cockroaches, bed bugs, spiders, possums, ants and more will all be noted at the time of inspection.

Australian Standards such as AS 4349.3 outline the standard of practice for a timber pest inspection and what is expected to be reviewed during the inspection. At A1 Building and Pest Consultancy, we adhere to these standards at all times.

How Do I Prepare For A Brisbane Building And Pest Inspection?

To enable building inspections in Brisbane to be carried out in a timely and efficient manner, all doors, cabinets and access points should be readily accessible.

Taking steps to prepare your home for our attendance allows for more effective and detailed reporting whereby areas of concern can be easily identified and addressed. The time required to carry out an inspection will be greatly influenced by how accessible the areas to be inspected are.

Should a necessary area not be accessible due to clutter or an overgrown garden, this could lead to the report being incomplete. In some instances, we may be unable to accommodate the reporting at all if we deem vital areas for inspection inaccessible. Therefore, to allow us to make the best possible assessment of a property we ask that you prepare accordingly.

Indoors this will mean removing any clutter or furniture that impedes access. Outdoors, trees and shrubs should be trimmed and grass mowed.

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What To Expect During The Inspection

Our Brisbane building and pest inspectors are licensed and fully trained to carry out expert pre-purchase inspections. Our team are polite, respectful and committed to carrying out inspections as quickly and quietly as possible to minimise disruption to property owners.

The inspection will begin with a walkthrough of the property both inside and out followed by a more detailed inspection carried out via the below process:

  1. Structural defects will be noted and recorded first.
  2. Wet Areas assessments are carried out second, including bathrooms, kitchen and laundry, checking for any signs of leaks.
  3. A thorough check for concealed termite damage or active termites, including roof voids, under floors, within cupboards and other known sites where pests frequent
  4. Inspection of roofs, checking for leaking roofs including flashing and penetration points failure.
  5. Retaining wall conditions.

During our time at a property, we request that someone remain on-site, this ensures the safety of our staff and yourself while also ensuring we can gain access to any locked areas on the property.

You can expect an inspection to last between one to two hours. The exact duration of the inspection will vary dependent on the size of the property and ease of access.

How Long Do Pest And Building Inspection Defects Reports In Brisbane Take?

The physical inspection of a property will vary depending on the size of the area to be inspected, however, as a general rule, you can expect us to be on-site for between one to two hours.

We request that the interior and exterior of the home be as tidy and free of clutter as possible to make it easy for us to access inspection points. This will also help to speed up the inspection process.

Following our inspections, we aim to have your report available within 48 hours, or sooner if the report is urgent. We are available for appointments both by phone and in person at a minimum of 15 minutes to further discuss our findings.


How Much Does A Building And Pest Inspection In Brisbane Cost?

At A1 Building and Pest Consultancy, we have priced our building and pest inspections in Brisbane at a rate that is both affordable and commensurate with our experience and skill level. While prices will need to be tailored for some properties due to size.

Our indicative pricing is as follows:

1 bedroom apartment
up to 80sqm –

From $350

2 bedroom apartment
up to 120sqm –

From $420

3 bedroom house/apartment

From $440

4 bedroom house/apartment

From $460

5 bedroom house/apartment

From $500

To have an accurate, obligation free quote provided, please contact our friendly team who will be happy to assist.

Why Choose Us For Your Building Inspections Defects Report In Brisbane

At A1 Building and Pest Consultancy, we are committed to providing a thorough inspection of your property, using our unmatched technical expertise and skill to deliver unbiased, reliable reporting. Our Brisbane building inspectors have significant experience in the building industry and have a background in structural and architectural engineering.

When you book a pre-purchase building and pest inspection with our team you are assured of fully licensed, insured and qualified inspectors that meet all Australian Standards. For building inspection defects reports and pest inspections handled by the best in Brisbane, contact A1 Building and Pest Consultancy today on 0401 018 030