Frequently Asked Questions
Why should I choose SPI Property Inspections to carry out my inspection?
All of our inspectors have the essential skills and knowledge to carry out your inspection – they know how buildings go together and how they can fall apart! They are happy to explain their findings and answer your questions so you can make an informed decision about your purchase or construction project.
We have also developed our own, custom-built inspection report application that can be completed on-site, via an iPad. This application has been developed by our house inspectors themselves – not something purchased off-the-shelf – so you can be assured that it incorporates all the essential elements needed for a thorough inspection.
What are your credentials/experience?
We are professionals in the building industry, which means we have actual on-site experience. Collectively, our team of property inspectors has over 150 years of building experience in building construction, renovations and extensions, and to date we have carried out over 7,000 building inspections.
What geographic areas do you cover?
We cover a wide range of locations from metropolitan Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula, to Northern Victoria, North-East Victoria, Geelong, Ballarat and Central Victoria.
How quickly can you organise my inspection?
The SPI team will endeavour to meet your requirements in organising the inspection appointment. We will contact your sales agent, on your behalf, to arrange a time that suits all parties. Our inspector will then contact you to confirm the date and time of the inspection.
How long does a house inspection take?
Approximately 1-2 hours, depending on the size and condition of the house.
What is covered in a Pre-Purchase/Pre-Sale House Inspection?
Our report covers about 250 items on the house, including structural elements both inside and out, the wet areas, water pressure, hot water service, roof and gutters, insulation, etc. We also check for safety switches and smoke detectors. Refer also to our Terms & Conditions which outline what we do and do not cover.
Can I meet my inspector on-site?
Yes, you are welcome to meet the inspector on-site near the end of the inspection, i.e. about 45-60 minutes after the inspection appointment time.
How do I get my report?
If you are available to meet on site, our inspector can go through the report verbally, immediately after the inspection and clarify each point raised. If you are not able to meet on site, our inspector will phone you after the inspection and go through the report verbally. In both situations, the inspector will then email you a copy of the report.
How do you pay?
For pre-paid inspections, we accept Visa and MasterCard. We don’t charge fees for credit card transactions. For invoiced inspections, you can pay with Visa, MasterCard, or by direct deposit into our bank account.
Do we provide advice on renovations, extensions, removing walls etc?
We recommend that clients get advice from a structural engineer first before any work proceeds.
What do you do about building certification?
You will need to engage a Building Surveyor to issue a building permit and final Occupancy Permit.