Building Inspection Checklist

When you inspect a new property for your future investment you must be prepared. There are things you can inspect yourself and there are those which require a professional. Either way, there is always something which can be missed. The building inspection checklist (otherwise known as the house inspection checklist) allows to plan your inspection.

Generally, a property inspection checklist refers to the overall house and land status. The building inspection checklist refers only to the house itself. Nevertheless, the property inspection checklist is often (incorrectly???) regarded as the building inspection checklist. In most residential cases these terms are used interchangeably.

Building Inspection Checklist for The First Inspection

When you are evaluating your potential property investment you need 2 inspections. The first one is for the overall impression. This is not a detailed evaluation of the building.

Major External Observations

Here, you are looking at the major aspects of the house, such as:

  • Does the house have enough bedrooms?
  • Does the house have a good location?
  • Does the house have enough bathrooms?
  • Is the condition of the property acceptable?
  • Is there a garage or a carport?

and many other external observations... You may bring your house inspection checklist with you. Also, you will probably have enough time for general considerations, such as:

  • Does the house need renovation?
  • Is there an air-condition?
  • Are the rooms bright?
  • What is the position of the house?
  • Are there solar panels and/or water tank?

Other External Observations

Others observations may include:

  • What is the condition of the fencing?
  • What is the noise level?
  • What are the neighbourhood facilities?

Building Inspection Checklist for The Second Inspection

The purpose of the second inspection is to nail-down the detailed conditions of the properties which passed the first round. Here, your building inspection checklist is the must. You should start with obvious items such as: the property address, name of the agent and the time for inspection.

The next step is to formally acknowledge the property characteristics. The property details are mostly included in the house inspection checklist. This checklist may contain information about: the kitchen, bedrooms, bathroom, dining room, living room, laundry, garage, cupboards, wardrobes and even the appearance of the building. You can still re-iterate the general considerations from the first inspection. Why? Because it could have been a while since you have seen the building for the first time.

Finally, you need the professional inspection. You can be present while the building inspector investigates engineering properties of the house. As a backup you can draw your own property inspection checklist for building inspector. At the end of the day, both of you can collaborate if everything was investigated. The professional building inspection checklist should include:

  • Foundations
  • Structural soundness
  • Cracks in walls
  • Leaks in roof and/or walls
  • Exposed concrete

Further, the property inspection checklist should review:

  • Mildew
  • Rising damp
  • Dry rot
  • Ventilation
  • Roof condition
  • Mortar quality

Specialised Building Inspection Checklist

Building inspectors specialising in: pest inspections, plumbing and electrical wiring will have their own comprehensive checklists. You are not required to cross check these checklists with these contractors. The building inspectors are bound by their license to perform the job according to the relevant standards.