Pre Purchase Building Inspections Adelaide

A pre-purchase inspection is the best way to ensure that a house you want to buy doesn’t have any lurking issues that will be expensive to repair. That includes both structural problems and anything in the house that is not up to code- both require fixes, and you want to know about them before you decide to buy. Strongly consider a new home inspection for your peace of mine – the last thing you want is to go through the stress of buying a new home only to find that everything is not as it seemed.

Interior of Building:

The interior of a house is probably the part that concerns homebuyers the most. It’s hard to predict what might be lurking behind the walls and under the floorboards. You can depend on Detail Building Inspectors Adelaide to find each and every flaw in the house before you make a purchase. Here is a list of the places we search in an interior:

  • Ceilings
  • Cornice
  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Sills
  • Doors & Frames
  • Skirtings
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Toilet / WC
  • Ensuite
  • Powder Room
  • Laundry
  • Stairs
  • Balustrades
  • Floor coverings
  • Paint work

Exterior of Building:

It’s just as important to inspect the outside of the building, because that is exposed to the elements. There are all kinds of ways that weaknesses can develop in the exterior of a home without showing any visible damage to the casual eye, so you need an inspector who will examine the exterior and head off any developing problems. Here is what we inspect for home exteriors:

  • Walls
  • Timber cladding
  • Brickwork
  • Hebal
  • Windows
  • Lintels
  • Flashings
  • Ventilation / Weep Holes
  • Damp Proof Course
  • Rising Damp
  • Stairs / Railings
  • Balconies
  • Verandas
  • Patios
  • Decking
  • Balustrades
  • Paint work

Roof Exterior:

The roof in particular is a difficult area of the house, because it is a particularly high-risk area of the exterior, and yet it is also difficult to examine. The average homeowner can look at the interior and exterior without much trouble, but the roof is another story. A roof problem can develop into a leak that causes thousands of dollars of damage. Our inspectors always carefully examine the roof for all of our customers. We look at the following pieces of the roof area:

  • Roof Covering
  • Ridge capping
  • Chimneys
  • Flashings
  • Flues
  • Valleys
  • Guttering
  • Downpies
  • Eaves linings
  • Facia boards
  • Paint work

Roof Cavity:

The roof cavity is a little more accessible than the roof itself, but frequently insulation, HVAC, and other obstacles make keeping up with it difficult. We always inspect the roof cavity as a potential source of leaks and cracks. Problems with the roof cavity can compromise the structural integrity of the home, cost you money through heat leakage, and let in birds or rodents. We inspect:

  • Roof framing
  • Sarking
  • Insulation
  • Service instalation damage

Sub Floor Areas:

When accessable our inspectors always look under the floors, because a surprising amount of damage from unseen stresses can appear there. Dampness and water damage from leaks is a major concern, especially because it can lead to mold. Pests also like to inhabit the space below the floors. In every house, the space under the floor varies in size, so you can never be exactly sure what can fit under there. We inspect under all floors, including:

  • Timber flooring
  • Concrete suspended slabs
  • Stumps
  • Ant cap condition
  • Ventilation
  • Dampness / Drainage
  • Services


There are plenty of areas on the property at large aside from the house itself that need inspection. They have to comply with building codes just as the house does, and for the same reasons: they can collapse without proper safety protocols. They also might host pests that could migrate over to the house if you do not root them out before they get the chance. Our long history in the area is what gives us the experience and skill to inspect all of these various property add-ons in addition to houses. Here is a list of these places that demonstrates how exhaustive our pre purchase house and property inspections are:

  • Garage
  • Shedding
  • Out Buildings
  • Retaining walls over 700mm high
  • Steps
  • Driveways
  • Pathways
  • Fencing
  • Surface Drainage Adequacy
  • Rain water tanks
  • Rain water retention systems
  • Swimming pools