Building Inspections

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Phil conducts a thorough inspection of all accessible areas of the building, in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.1 – 2007, looking for defects, problems or potential problems that exist within the building. For pre-purchase reports it is a good reference for later repairs and maintenance and covers areas not normally inspected by the purchaser such as the roof space and sub-floor areas (if access panels are provided). Any significant defects are noted in the summary and recommendations on rectification are included in the report. This report gives the purchaser detailed knowledge of the condition of the building structure.

Building Special Purpose Inspections

We can provide professional advice on defects or problems that exist within a building structure. Problems such as rising damp, timber decay, movement of structural timbers, cracked masonry and cracked floor tiles, in most cases, need not be expensive to rectify. The removal of organochlorides as a termite barrier in 1995 has seen an enormous increase in termite related property damage. Most chemicals presently available only carry a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty. Our termite specialists can recommend the most efficient and economical way to protect your property from termite and borer attack.

Buying a new home that is completed?

Our reports provide extensive information on the type of construction and it’s adequacy. Various Australian Standards may be referenced if required. Special emphasis is put on the inspection of the roof framing timbers and fixings, waterproofing of wet areas, tiling and imperfections and defects that should be rectified prior to your taking possession of the property. Our report also provides relevant information for the new home owner. One obvious area is the changes to termite systems to concrete floors brought about by the banning of organochloride termiticides in 1995. This ban brought about substantial changes to slab design and set new requirements for external paving and landscaping.

Thermal Imaging Camera

We are equipped with the latest Thermal Imaging Cameras.  BPI has been continually aiming to provide Thermal Imaging in day to day inspections and we now carry out a thermal scan during all Pre-Purchase Inspections. A thermal camera is only an inspection tool and like all tools there are limitations and advantages.  A thermal camera will not expose all defects and/or termite workings, but it gives enormous advantages which, when combined with other inspection techniques and inspection tools, will provide a broader, more comprehensive assessment of the condition of the inspected buildings. Thermal imaging assists in detecting many items that may be of concern that are concealed by wall linings- these include termite damage or termite sub-nests, moisture damage and many other hidden items.  Although the thermal imaging camera may have indicated a possible problem further investigation is always needed to determine the possible causes of the area of concern. Thermal imaging when used with the expertise gained from years of termite, inspection and building experience by the Consultant, together with other advanced technology tools, will provide valuable information that cannot be gained in any other manner. Therefore it is essential that a property be scanned with a thermal imaging camera.

We at BPI endeavour to provide our clients with the most advanced technology available while maintaining a competitive price structure for the services we provide.