Considerations when choosing a Building Inspector

31st August 2023

Posted in: Articles


Two questions we hear all too often: “Aren’t Building Inspection Reports all pretty much the same” and  “shouldn’t I just get the inspector offering the lowest price?” This article provides considerations when choosing a Building Inspector.

The answer to both questions is definitely not! Some building inspectors are true professionals and a home buyer’s best friend. These inspectors will protect you from making an expensive mistake by uncovering hidden building faults, which can help you negotiate a lower purchase price. Many inexperienced so-called inspectors do not have these skills and produce reports which are close to useless.

Here are the ‘must have’s’ when choosing a Building Inspector:

  • Check they have all the right Registered Building Inspector qualifications as required by State.
  • Make sure they have extensive practical experience.
  • Request an example of their report and check if it is written in clear, unambiguous language with a large number of photos and make sure that it’s easy to understand
  • Make sure the bulk of this example report deals specifically with the property and is not otherwise full of standardised clauses and legal disclaimer wording
  • Ask if the inspector will meet with you after the inspection for a private discussion about the property

Some golden Rules:

  • Do not choose an unregistered Building Inspector with a low price as their report will most likely be a waste of time and money.
  • Always choose a Registered Builder when you want Building Condition advice and choose an Architect when you want design advice.

If you take on board these considerations when choosing a building inspector you can have some assurance of a quality report.


Why you should use Gold Coast Building Inspections?

  • Report back in 24 hours / same day
  • Backed by an Australia wide brand
  • 1 Inspector does both building and pest
  • We are totally Independent
  • Pre-purchase and existing home inspections
  • Fully licensed, Qualified & Insured
  • Reports are delivered by E-mail same day as inspection or can be printed and posted by the next day
  • Latest Thermal imagery  camera
  • Reports are thorough and easy to read
  • Outstanding Service
  • Thorough Inspections
  • Clear concise reports
  • Professional advice
  • The offer of realistic and more importantly cost effective options to fix any problems found during an inspection

ou can also visit for licencing information for inspectors.

Feel free to contact us to chat about gold coast building reports!  We’re happy to help.

Call Jed Rogers now 0448118063 or contact us to book your building and pest inspection with Gold Coast Building Inspections.

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