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In general buyers should arrange the following inspections prior to purchasing an existing home: 

  1.  A building inspection: in order to check for structural problems.
  2. A pest inspection: in order to ensure the house is free of termites and pests.

There are a number of precautionary steps that you can take to ensure that you are getting value for money when choosing an inspector:

  • Check with the Builders’ Registration Board to confirm their registration number;
  • Contact the Master Builders Association for members who are Building Inspectors. You can use Master Builders’ free Find a Consultant service to find an inspector;
    Obtain a list of previous clients and obtain their feedback; and
  • Confirm an agreed price before agreeing to an inspection.

When choosing an inspector, don’t forget to check their experience and credentials before engaging with them. One of the reasons is that there is no registration requirement to become a building inspector in Western Australia.

4 responses to “Building Inspections: Existing Homes”

  1. Sandy Sparks says:

    I wish to obtain all information relating to your free ‘Find a Consultant’ service as we are seeking a building inspection on a property we recently placed an offer on.

    Thank you
    Kind regards
    Sandy Sparks

    • mbawa says:

      Hi Sandy,

      We have an online referral program, ‘FIND A MEMBER’, where we list details of residential builders; commercial builders; subcontractors; suppliers and consultants that are members of our association. Please visit the following link: to access our referral program. If you are seeking a builder; please choose ‘RESIDENTIAL BUILDER’ as the member type, then select the region you are located and the type of service you are looking for.

      Kind regards,
      Master Builders Association of WA

  2. This is some great information, and I appreciate your suggestion to have a building inspection done before purchasing a house. My husband and I have decided that we want to move into our first house, so we’re trying to figure out the best way to go about that. We’ll definitely make sure to have a building inspection done on any home we’re considering to check for structural problems. Thanks for the great post!

  3. David says:

    Thanks. Great info. Always best to get these inspections performed.