What is Inspected?


Want to know what is inspected?

For those customers who want to know more about specific types of inspections, please refer to the relevant section below.

Existing Buildings – Building and Pest Inspections

When a Building and/or Pest inspection is called for people often don’t know what the inspection entails.  To carry out a building inspection and or a pest inspection the inspector must be suitably qualified and appropriately licensed under Queensland State Law.

Building and pest inspections are often sought by people wanting a condition inspection carried out their own property, or a property being purchased either for personal use or for investment.

At “Building Inspections Services Queensland” we highly recommended that people have their properties inspected from time to time to confirm actual property condition, identifying defects and underlying potential defects, which may have the potential to cause further deterioration of your property and increased repair costs.  Pre-purchase inspections are recommended for all property purchases and should never be compromised.  A small amount to pay for reassurance on the property condition provided in a professionally written report that is targeted for your attention.

Inspection report when issued can be very useful in gaining detailed knowledge about the property you own or are about to purchase and can offer great benefit in purchase price negotiations.

A typical Building Inspection will tell you about any significant building defects or problems such as: rising damp, foundation movement, structural cracking, spalling of masonry, structural damage, deformation, structural timber pest damage, significant fretting of mortar, corrosion of primary structural elements, significant surface drainage issues, significant material decay, roofing material, roof structure, roof plumbing, spouting, flashings, defective or bridged damp-proof courses, inadequate subfloor ventilation, tree roots, problem gardens and planting arrangements, untradesman-like work, substandard work, sub-standards building material, and more..

A typical Pest Inspection will tell you evidence of the presents of timber pest, and the type of timber pest present, e.g. Termites, Borers, Fungi, the species (genus) of the timber pest present, the general severity of the timber pest damage, evidence of inactive timber pests, evidence of the presents of treatment for timber pests, conditions that are conducive to timber pests, e.g. wood-to-soil contact, excessive moist conditions, poor ventilation, areas of structures susceptible to timber pests, damage caused by timber pests, location of termite nests found.  The inspection is carried out by an expert licensed inspector and has at his disposal a variety of tools, including tappers, moisture meters, thermal imaging camera, Termatrac detector radar, and more… 

Note: A building inspection report is different to a ‘pest inspection report’. While a building inspection report identifies any visual damage that may have been caused by termites, it usually won't include the existence of termites or other timber destroying pests; as these are found in the timber pest report.

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Special Purpose Inspections

A special purpose inspection is a building type inspection, other than a standard type building inspection, where a customer may enquire about the structural adequacy or condition of a particular component of a building, and may include: timber deck structures, patio structures, balcony structures, verandah structures, or balustrades, handrails, stairs, beams, walls, flooring, tiles, moisture, storm damage, leaks, support stumps, columns, corrosion, fungal decay, roof structures, fence, retaining walls, etc…

Timber decks exposed to weather should be inspected regularly.  How often decks and similar structures should be inspected depends upon the condition of the members that make up the deck, which can only be established by an inspection.  Older decks should be inspected at least once every two years, or as recommended by your licensed building inspector.  

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Construction – Handover Inspection

A typical hand-over inspection (appropriate terminology is Pre-handover Inspection) requires the inspector to check and inspect the building and applied finishes for standard of workmanship, compliance with industry acceptable standards, and building standards.

For peace of mind, a Handover Inspections is strongly recommended and imperative for ensuring that the building about to be handed over to you meets industry standards and expectations.

At “Building Inspection Services Queensland” a typical inspection will tell you about building and finishing deficiencies, defects, and issues of non-compliance.  Inspections focus on all finished aspects of the building and immediate surroundings, including: the site condition and finishes surrounding the building, surface drainage, retaining walls, fences, pathways, driveways, damp proof courses and adjacent finished ground and or pavement levels, termite protection barriers, ventilation, external wall finishes, eaves soffit sheeting, expansion joints, roofing, roof plumbing, flashings, window and doors, external and internal finishes, including paint work, balconies, balustrades, standard of joinery works, fittings and fixtures, plumbing and drainage, white goods, tiling, expansion joints in tiled floors, insulation, smoke alarms, presents of electrical safety switches, landscaping, and more….

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Construction - Footing Inspection

A typical Footing Inspection requires the inspector to inspect footing preparation prior to pouring of concrete. Footings are the lower structural building element which rest directly on the foundation material and once poured is basically inaccessible.  It is imperative that footing preparations are carried are diligently and fully compliant with engineers plans and specification. Serious errors in footings can cause a disastrous outcome, which sometimes may not come to light until years later.

For peace of mind, a Footing Inspection prior to pouring concrete is strongly recommended.  At “Building Inspection Services Queensland” a typical Footing Inspection will tell you about deficiencies, defects, and items of non-conformances, including issues relating to:  site cut, excavation, footing dimensions, steel reinforcement dimension and placement, reinforcement supports, clearances and footing penetrations by service pipes, water proofing membranes when applicable, and more.  All reinforcement should also be secured and tied at lap and/or splice joints as per design drawings.  Note: Concreting contractors should place concrete carefully as not to displace reinforcement or cause concrete segregation.  All concrete should be of specified mix, consistency, and compacted when poured, in accordance with engineer’s recommendations.

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Construction – Slab Inspection

A typical Floor Slab Inspection requires the inspector to inspect floor slab preparation prior to pouring of concrete.  Floor slabs also are part of the lower structural building elements which often gain support from footings and foundation materials and are often integrated with footings as one composite unit.  It is imperative that floor slab preparations are carried are diligently and fully compliant with engineers plans and specification. Serious errors in floor slabs can cause a disastrous outcome, which sometimes may not come to light until years later.

For peace of mind, a Slab Inspection prior to pouring concrete is strongly recommended.  At “Building Inspection Services Queensland” a typical Slab Inspection will tell you about deficiencies, defects, and issues of non-conformances, including: excavation, fill and compaction, sand bedding, moisture membranes, steel reinforcement dimension and placement, support, clearances and slab penetrations by service pipes and termite protection barrier provisions.  All reinforcement should also be secured and tied at lap and/or splice joints.  Note: Concreting contractors should place concrete carefully as not to displace reinforcement or cause concrete segregation.  All concrete should be of specified mix, consistency, and compacted when poured, in accordance with engineer’s recommendations.

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Construction – Frame Inspection

A typical Frame Inspection requires the inspector to inspect the structural frame work of the building for standard of workmanship, and compliance.  

For peace of mind, a Frame Inspection is strongly recommended and imperative for ensuring that the building frame structure is sound and meets design requirements.

At “Building Inspection Services Queensland” a typical inspection will tell you about deficiencies, defects, and issues relating to non-conformances.  Inspections focus is on structural material compliance, stress grades, wind braces, lintel and lintel supports, point loads, horizontal wind beams, load transfer connections to roof and/or floor diaphragm, dimension, tie-down, ceiling height, framing secure and straight.

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Construction – Lock-up Inspection

Lock-up inspections are sometimes called for when the project is performing less than satisfactory, and standard of work is questioned.   For a well performing builder a lock-up inspection may not be necessary, whereas a poorly performing builder a lock-up inspection may be recommended.

A typical lock-up inspection is generally carried out once the builder has completed the following enclosure stages: Fascia boards, roof guttering, roof covering, roof flashings, external wall cladding including brickwork, external windows & doors, plumbing rough-in, wiring.  Note: pointing of roof tiles or scribing of metal roof capping and screws may not necessarily be completed.  The lock-up inspection would provide the inspector with an opportunity to sight and inspect wall cavities, brick ties, wall flashings, window and external door flashings, prior to internal wall covering.

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Construction – Fixing Stage

Fixing stage inspections are sometimes called for when the project is performing less than satisfactory, and standard of work is questioned.   For a well performing builder a fixing stage inspection may not be necessary, whereas a poorly performing builder a fixing stage inspection may be recommended.

A typical fixing stage inspection is generally carried out once the builder has reached pre-painting stage, which includes: wet area seal, internal linings, cornices, jambs, architraves, skirtings, doors, locks, tiling, built-in cupboards, shelving, cabinets, basins, vanity units, throughs, sink, soffit linings, plumbing ready for final fitting, drainage connections, electrical ready for final fittings, external wall finishes, landscaping.  Note: Provided the building is lockable the garage door/s does not necessarily have to be installed at this stage.

The fixing stage inspection would provide the inspector with an opportunity to sight and assess the standard of finishes prior to application of paint.

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Construction – Practical Completion Stage (PCI)

Practical completion stage is reached when the building under construction is basically ready for hand-over, including: Full electrical fit-out, full plumbing fit-out, all tiling fully completed, shower screen fitted, final fitting and fixtures installed (towel rails, TP holders, doors stoppers, catches, etc), ceiling insulation, internal paint work, appliances and white goods, pergola’s, fences, external concrete or pavements, rain water tank, finishing of retaining wall/s, landscaping, site drainage, letter box, external paintwork, carpets, blinds, all items connected and operational.  Only after this stage has been reached is the building ready for a hand-over inspection.

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