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Providing Pre-Purchase Inspections in Adelaide

You’ve found your potential new home or investment property. It’s both exciting and a little overwhelming!

Before you proceed to settlement, a Pre-Purchase Inspection is essential. We provide Pre-Purchase Inspections in Adelaide and Adelaide Metropolitan areas.

Imagine this; You finally have your new home. You move in but suddenly find that things are not as you expected. You find there is a plumbing issue or a leak from the roof… or worse, major structural issues.

A Pre-purchase inspection will provide you with the peace of mind that you’ll know the true condition of your prospective new home before your cooling off period. This will allow you to be able to make an informed decision, negotiate the right price, know what to expect once you move in and what to plan for in the years to come.

If your prospective new home does have issues that need to be remedied, our detailed Pre-Purchase Inspection will allow you to source quotes for repairs and negotiate this to happen prior to settlement.

Our Building Inspector has over 40 years experience in the Adelaide building industry and is able to provide you with a thorough report on the condition of your potential new home. Contact us today to discuss your building inspection needs.

Did you know: Buildings must conform to the Building Codes and Standards of Australia. Which means that, if you purchase a home that does not conform to these standards, you will be responsible for the cost of bringing the building up to code.

What does a Pre-Purchase Inspection cover?

South Building Inspections will provide you with a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection report that will explain in plain English the condition of the home’s structure and major systems.

Following Australian Standards (AS 4349.1) we specifically inspect (but not limited to):

Interior of the Building

  • Ceilings
  • Wall floors
  • Windows
  • Doors and frames
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom / Ensuite
  • W/C
  • Laundry
  • Stairs
  • Damp problems

Exterior of the Building

  • Walls
  • Lintals
  • Cladding
  • Doors and frames
  • Windows
  • Chimneys
  • Stairs
  • Balconies / Balustrades
  • Verandahs / Patios
  • Decks
  • Suspended concrete floors


  • Up to 30m from house, within property boundaries
  • Car space
  • Garden
  • Sheds
  • Fences / retaining walls
  • Paths / steps
  • Driveway
  • Swimming Pool
  • Gas / Electrical connections

Roof Space

  • Roof coverings
  • Framing
  • Sarking
  • Party walls
  • Insulation

Roof Exterior

  • Roof tiles
  • Tin sheeting
  • Flashings
  • Gables
  • Skylights
  • Vents
  • flues
  • Guttering / downpipes
  • Eaves / fascia

Sub-floor Space

  • Timber floors
  • Supports
  • Floors
  • Ventilation
  • Drainage
  • Damp

During and after the pre-purchase building inspection process, our friendly building inspector will be happy to answer any questions or queries you may have regarding the process or your home.

Every Pre-Purchase Inspection Report includes

  • A comprehensive 20-40 page report
  • 24 hr turn-around time
  • Same day inspections available
  • Fully licensed and insured inspector

Backed by multiple licenses and over 40 years experience in the building industry, you can rest assured South Building Inspections will always be there to give you the right information, the first time.

Common Pre-Purchase Inspection Questions

How much do Pre-Purchase Inspections cost?

A Pre-Purchase Inspection price is dictated by the number of bedrooms and storeys of the house. Please contact us for a quote.

How long does an inspection take?

Depending on the property, a Pre-Purchase Inspection will typically take around 2 hours. While many operators may be much faster, South Building Inspections will be performing a comprehensive inspection, utilising industry tools to give you the most accurate information.

If the length of time is a concern, please speak to our inspector, and we will attempt to structure the inspection duration to suit constraints without compromising on quality.

What is the turn-around time for a report?

Reports are performed and delivered within 24 hours.

Will photos be provided with the report?

All reports include multiple photos of the property, areas of concern and points of interest to give you the most easy to read and comprehensive report possible.

Purchase with confidence. Call us today 0488 195 510