Census Building Consultants offer comprehensive building inspection reports to assist when making your decision to either purchase or investing in a property.

Our assessors thoroughly inspect the property to ensure that any defects are identified, potential concerns are noted for future reference, including the exterior of the building, roof, sub-floor levels, as well as the internal areas.

Reports are provided within 14 business days of the site attendance and can be used for VCAT Hearings, Expert Evidence, or simply to identify defects that have not been addressed by your Builder within the permissible defects period.

Brief Summary Overview of Inspection Types

Pre Purchase Reports

A formal inspection report reflecting the condition of the property. It identifies any significant building defects or potential problems such as rising damp, movement in walls (cracking, safety hazards or a faulty roof etc).

Pre Auction / Sale

An independent building report can eliminate any surprises prior to purchasing a property, allowing you to be fully aware of any potential concerns with the property such as building movement, obvious defects in wet areas and balconies. It is also an opportunity to have any warranty rectification works inspected to ensure that you are not inheriting a pre-existing problem.

Warranty Insurance Claim (Incomplete / Defect)

When a claim has been made under the original builder’s Domestic Warranty Insurance Policy. Domestic Warranty Insurance provides 6 years for structural defects and 2 years for non-structural defects from the date of Certificate of Occupancy or Notice of Completion has been issued (last day builder was on site).

New Building Stages

Stage inspections during the construction period can provide an extra level of comfort, and allows any issues to be addressed at the time rather than at a later stage to avoid disputes.

  • Foundation Stage — Immediately before the slab is poured
  • Frame Stage — When the frame is complete prior to the internal wall linings being installed
  • Lock-Up Stage — When the external doors, windows and roof has been installed
  • Pre-Painting Stage — At the completion of construction including the carpentry, prior to the painting
  • Handover Stage — At the conclusion of the build and CFO (Certificate of Occupancy) has been issued
  • Warranty Inspection Stage — Twelve (12) weeks defects inspection and again at six (6) years for structual


A report on the condition of a property at a given point in time. The report records existing damage, and the state of any particular aspects of the property that are likely to be affected by planned construction work, excavation or demolition.

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