The first thing that any home buyer wishes is to ensure that the property is in good order.

A pre-purchase inspection is an integral part of buying a new home. We will inspect the building and surrounding property; we will then provide an extensive report on our findings.

Our report will include any major or minor defaults found, including pictures, which will put the buyer in a more informed position before committing to the purchase.

It’s a small investment for peace of mind, buy with confidence, get a building inspection.

Speak with Craig now, on 0477 700 101

Craig Foster, Owner/Inspector

Pre-Purchase Building Inspection in Adelaide

Buying a property is always a stressful experience. Even if you have considerable experience with multiple property sales, the stress doesn’t get any lighter. You might be building a family home, maybe making a smart property investment, or perhaps something else entirely; whatever the case, doing your homework and being prepared will make a big difference when it comes to finding the right buyer at the right price. You can call on our building inspectors in Adelaide to help you inspect your property before you sell it, that way you will if everything is up to code, or if there’s something you need to address, either way, there will be no surprises. Our building inspectors can help you understand our range of building and house inspections that ensure if you are up to code.


If you are buying a new property, you will need to ensure that it meets all building codes. Just because an inspection report has been provided to you, does not mean you have to trust it as-is. You have every right to conduct your inspection before making any purchase. For that purpose, a pre-purchase inspection can go a long way in saving you money. With our team’s building inspection, you will know exactly what you’re getting into, as our team is trained in detecting faults that would escape the untrained eye. A home is often the largest purchase someone ever makes, it is logical that you would want to get ahead of any problems.


If you are selling a house, then you need to ensure that nobody makes mountains out of molehills for your property and that it is sold to your satisfaction. Buyers might bring in their inspectors, but at least you will have a thorough report that will already have apprised you to your situation and both parties will be on the same page.
Our building inspectors are local to Adelaide and fully up to date with all building codes. This way, we can help you create a thorough and comprehensive inspection report for your building. Our trained inspectors are licensed and certified in carrying out building inspections following local, provincial, and federal codes and regulations – not only do we provide a thorough inspection and a comprehensive report, but we also give you practical advice pertaining to your situation and how you can resolve any issues that pop up during the inspection.

What you get when you hire a pre-purchase inspector in Adelaide

Our qualified building inspectors are trained in delivering our focused building inspections. We want to make you aware of any potential dangers, damages, or shortcomings of your property so you can address them in time. Instead of spending a fortune on buying the property and later finding out the problems, you can make objective decisions about your real estate before any financial commitments are made.

Types of Pre-purchase inspections in Adelaide

For our pre-purchase inspection process, we thoroughly inspect the following areas:

Building Interior

    • Ceilings
    • Walls
    • Floors
    • Windows and Window Frames
    • Doors and Door Frames
    • Plastering
    • Painting
    • Piers
    • lintels
    • Bathrooms, En-suites, Kitchen, Laundry, WC
    • Stairs
    • Balustrades and Handrails
    • Toilets
    • Bath
    • sower recess
    • Basins
    • Taps
    • Cabinets
    • Tiling
    • Windows
    • Detached Laundry
    • Plumbing Fixtures and Fittings
    • Hot Water Units
    • Skylights
    • Vents and Flues
    • Insulation
    • Downlight safety
    • Subfloor supports
    • Ventilation

Building Exterior

    • The exterior of the building
    • Exterior walls including Cladding
    • Doors
    • Benchtops
    • Pergolas
    • Decking
    • Patios
    • Rising Damp
    • Moisture in wet areas
    • Roof space framing structures
    • Roof coverings
    • Gutters
    • Flashings
    • Balconies
    • Fencing
    • Retaining walls
    • Within 30m of the house and the boundaries of the site
    • Valleys
    • Eaves
    • Fascias and Barges
    • Downpipes
    • Sarking
    • Drainage
    • Paths
    • Driveways and water drainage
    • Garages
    • Sheds

Suffice to say that the areas of inspection cover all the areas that are both safe and accessible.

Our inspectors are meticulous and thorough, nothing gets past them. Our highly qualified inspectors will come to your location and conduct a complete comprehensive inspection that can be either visual or minimally invasive to ensure that your property is fully up to code. We also have access to the latest tools and technology used to help make inspections more reliable and quicker. That way you get a full result that is complete to your satisfaction. The onsite inspection will help ensure that your property is up to code from the fences to the wiring.

Our inspection report will feature a comprehensive assessment of your property that will identify any major issues, defects, or causes for an alarm to help you form an opinion on the general condition of the property. Our qualified inspectors in Adelaide can also walk you through any inspection issues. If you require it, we can even give you an in-depth report with the necessary photography to highlight key issues.

Our inspectors in Adelaide want to simplify your pre-purchase experience by offering you a transparent, up-to-date accounting of the condition your property is in before a sale is made.

Interior of Building:

The interior details of a house can often be overlooked by a buyer, whether it be because its recently been renovated, painted or is presented furnished that may detract from any issues. Smart Choice Building & Pest Inspections has the experience and eye for detail to find potential defects.

Here is a list of interior areas we inspect:

  • Ceilings
  • Cornice
  • Walls
  • Windows
  • Sills
  • Doors & Frames
  • Kitchen
  • Bathroom
  • Toilet / WC
  • Ensuite
  • Powder Room
  • Laundry
  • Stairs
  • Balustrades
  • Floor coverings
  • Paint work

Exterior of Building:

The exterior of a building can potentially be the most vulnerable as it is open to the elements, its crucial it is thoroughly inspected by a professional building inspector who can identify areas of concern before major issues develop.

Here is a list of exterior areas we inspect:

  • Walls
  • Timer Cladding
  • Brickwork
  • Hebal
  • Windows
  • Lintels
  • Flashings
  • Ventilation / Weep Holes
  • Damp Proof Course
  • Rising Damp
  • Stairs / Railings
  • Balconies
  • Verandas
  • Patios
  • Decking
  • Balustrades
  • Paint work

Roof Exterior:

The roof is often an area that home buyers are concerned about most as the view they have from the ground at an open inspection leaves them missing the detail. We have the right equipment to safely access and carefully inspect the roof area. If poorly maintained a minor roof defect can become a large and costly problem to fix.

Here is a list of the roof areas we inspect:

  • Roof Covering
  • Ridge capping
  • Chimneys
  • Flashings
  • Flues
  • Valleys
  • Guttering
  • Downpipes
  • Eaves linings
  • Facia boards
  • Paint work

Roof Cavity:

The roof cavity is often a small and dark space, one that is difficult for a home buyer to inspect themselves. We make it easy for the buyer by inspecting the structural integrity of the roof and completing a comprehensive report stating the condition, if it has been well maintained and if it has water or pest damage.

  • Roof Framing
  • Sarking
  • Insulation
  • Service instalation damage

Sub Floor Areas:

The sub floor is often an area that is out of sight, therefore out of mind for buyers. When accessible we will always inspect the sub floor, foundations and footings. It is also an area that is vulnerable to water and pest damage that may go unnoticed due to difficult access, we will ensure this is fully investigated.

Here is a list of areas we inspect:

  • Timber flooring
  • Concrete suspended slabs
  • Stumps
  • Bearers
  • Joists
  • Ant cap condition
  • Ventilation
  • Dampness / Drainage
  • Services


Often when buying a house, the focus is solely on the building itself however the property is just as important. We will inspect from boundary to boundary and report on any issues found. It is an area commonly revamped by home handymen and may not comply to building codes. The area may also be host to unwelcome pests that could find their way into your home if not treated.

Here is a list of areas we inspect:

  • Garage
  • Shedding
  • Out Buildings
  • Retaining walls
  • Steps
  • Driveways
  • Pathways
  • Fencing
  • Surface Drainage Adequacy
  • Rain water tanks
  • Rain water retention systems
  • Swimming pools

There’s a lot to think about, and a lot that you can’t immediately see. So book a pre-purchase inspection today for some peace of mind.