What’s involved in a home inspection?

What’s involved in a home inspection?

Most of the time we never get to meet our clients face to face and only a small handful are ever able to come along to the home inspections we organise.

So there is often a bit of mystery around what exactly we do during a home inspection.

How long will the home inspection take?

One of the most common questions we are asked is how long an inspection will take, most usually by the agents and vendors!

We always allow an hour although some inspections take less and some inspections take a lot more time to complete.  Obviously a studio apartment compared to a McMansion will take less time!

We will ask questions about the size of the property and it’s age to help.  We can determine the physical size and the likely construction method from this information which assists us to accurately allocate time for the inspection.

Other factors which affect the duration of the inspection include the degree of access and how many limitations are present.


Which areas of the home do you inspect?

Basically everywhere that is:

  • Safe
  • Accessible
  • Un-Obstructed

This is most likely to include:

  • Roof Exterior
  • Roof Interior (Roof Void or Roof Space)
  • Interior
  • Exterior
  • Subfloor
  • Outbuildings
  • The Site

Each inspector will make a safety assessment before entering or accessing areas and we generally need some minimum dimensions for access points and crawl spaces but we will endeavour to get into each area to complete a full inspection.

We tend to do the interior areas first and that leaves agents, homeowner’s or tenants free to lock up and leave as they may prefer.

What should I know before you start?

Our inspections are frequently limited by factors that consumers need to be aware of.

Any areas that we can’t get access to are excluded from the inspection.  We will always let you know when this happens.

We can’t interfere with the existing owners or tenant’s property and possessions, we can’t move furniture and rugs and we can’t create access points or do things like lift carpet, pull wall linings or roof tiles off.

As a consequence there will always be some degree of limitation to our inspection.

If there are any inaccessible areas we will always suggest that you have a further inspection once the vendor / tenant or agent provides access.  This usually occurs in the form of a room where we are denied access to or a locked shed or outbuilding.

In our reports we provide you with an overall or summary risk rating of undetected defects.

It’s our assessment of the risk of undetected defects based on the number of inaccessible areas and the presence of obstructions.


What’s different about Jim’s Inspection Procedures?

Well, unlike the many stand-alone inspectors out there, we have to account to someone and his name is Jim.

We have contracts in place with the Jim’s Group and to be part of the Jim’s family you need to play by Jim’s rules.

This means we document a thorough inspection procedure and ensure everyone is trained to that standard.

If our Building Inspectors don’t stick to this high standard there are provisions in our contract to deal with it.

It’s Reliability, Guaranteed.


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