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10 Tips when buying your new home before saying yes !

Why should a customer hire you over another service provider?

We pride ourselves in good old fashioned personal customer service & very competitive prices. We are a family business who offers professional, quality service and we pride ourselves on the referrals we constantly get and have many very satisfied customers. Comprehensive, simple easy to read reports.

What experience, skills, qualifications or training do you have to make you the right person for the job?

John Hamersveld is a qualified Carpenter and Joiner and a trained skills assessor. He has 10 years’ experience as a Building Surveyor in Local Government so has a good knowledge of local council’s bylaws etc. WE have also been operating as an independent building inspection company for over 13 years with Builtright Building Inspections Pty Ltd and offer 100% customer satisfaction.

Is there a particular aspect of your trade or industry that you specialise in?

We are the pre-purchase specialists and offer a complete range of Building inspection services to home buyers, homeowners, and real estate agents. Our reports are clearly written, in simple straight forward everyday language you can understand. They are a fully comprehensive and include photos.

How do you normally charge for your service and what makes your pricing competitive?

Our prices are a one stop all-inclusive quote starting from $375. You provide us with the description of the house and location to be inspected and we will guarantee an all-inclusive one complete low price with no hidden tricks or add on costs.

What do you like most about your job?

I have been in the building industry for 35 years and I love every part of it. I am a qualified trade skills assessor as well, so I love to ensure quality workmanship. I use all my knowledge both hands on building experience and technical knowledge to check your house thoroughly, which is why I am so passionate about building inspections.

What questions should a customer ask to hire the right service professional?

It is important to do your homework when evaluating home inspectors. Be sure to visit their website and also give them a call to talk about your needs. Ask about what services they provide and how much experience they have in the building industry. It is up to the client to do their research and find the building inspector that suits your needs.

Why should you choose Builtright Building Inspections over another Company?

We pride ourselves in good old fashioned personal customer service and very competitive prices. We are a family business who offers professional, quality service and we get many referrals and repeat business from very satisfied previous customers. We are registered bronze members of the HIA (Housing Industry Association) and have been for 16 years.

What are the typical things that you need to know before you can provide a quote to a customer?

Please provide as much info as possible. We need to know the size of the house single or double storey?. How many bathrooms/bedrooms/toilets. Any out buildings included patio's, pergola's, sheds, attachments. The age and type of structure eg. double brick and tile or weatherboard or tin etc.

Are you an insured business and do you guarantee your work?

Yes we do have public liability insurance and we give an absolute satisfaction guarantee on all our reports. They are all prepared and conducted in accordance with the Australian standard for inspections AS 4349.1

What questions do customers commonly ask and how would you answer them?

Some ideas if you want to check yourself and save money

Outside walls

  • Carefully inspect the walls to ensure that they are straight. In timber houses, sagging weatherboards could mean timber stumps have rotted, or concrete stumps or brick piers have subsided.
  • Check for rotten weatherboards, windows, doors and verandah posts.
  • Thoroughly check the condition of the mortar between the bricks.
  • Where houses are brick clad to the ground, make sure there are plenty of sub-floor ventilators beneath floors.
  • Look for buckled, badly fitted or water stained eaves.

On the roof

  • Look for a distorted roof line.
  • Look for broken roof tiles and loose ridge and valley tiles.
  • Check that corrugated iron sheets are in good condition and well-fixed down.
  • Ensure that valley and eaves guttering are free from holes and rust. Even small holes can create large leaks.
  • Make sure that flues and chimneys are structurally safe and the flashings around them are secure.

Under timber floors

  • Look under the floor for props or bricks holding up the floor instead of stumps, piers or dwarf walls
  • With timber stumps, look for stumps with the heaviest water stain.
  • Inspect timber framing and floors generally for rot, mould and evidence of borers.
  • Check to see that the earth is not excessively wet.
  • Checked by an expert.

In the roof space

  • Look for sagging roof framing, cracked or broken tiles, rusty iron roofing and leaking ridges or valleys.
  • Note whether or not the ceiling has been insulated.
  • Look for compliance with the relevant statutory requirements

Concrete floors

  • Although the underside of the concrete floors cannot be inspected check if there is any exposed perimeter to ensure that the plastic waterproofing membrane is not exposed.

Timber floors

  • At regular intervals, jump lightly on the floor to detect any rotten floorboards, borer infestation or looseness in the floor framing.
  • Check to see if the floors are level, or there are gaps between floor and skirting. If stumps or piers are sinking, floors will always fall away from fireplaces or brick walls.


  • Check that walls are straight and true.
  • Cracks and general movement and be particularly wary of freshly painted or wallpapered areas.
  • Inspect brick walls for signs of dampness.
  • Tap solid brick walls for a hollow sound or a change in tone.
  • Look for cracks beside chimneys and look for doorways and windows that aren’t square, or are jamming.

Concrete floors

  • Look for signs of dampness, such as lifting or buckling floor tiles and rotten carpet.


  • Ensure that ceilings are straight and true, and look for cracks or signs of movement at the cornices.
  • Check for water stains and mould growth which could indicate excessive condensation or roof leaks.

Windows and ventilators

  • Make sure that windows can be opened and check for broken window panes.
  • Check for excessive condensation and mould growth on windows and walls

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