Servicing Port Stephens,
Maitland, Newcastle & surrounding areas

BUILDING INSPECTIONS AND CONSULTANCY – NEWCASTLE

We are a premium building and pest inspection company located in the Newcastle region. When you need a reliable inspector to ensure that the home or commercial property you are considering purchasing is in sound condition and not affected by any nasty or hazardous elements, contact the experienced team of building consultants at Smaart Building to get the job done right.

We are perfectly situated to inspect buildings in Nelson Bay, Maitland, Newcastle, and surrounding areas in NSW.

FULLY QUALIFIED, AND NO SUBCONTRACTING

Unlike other companies we have only one inspector. We do NOT contract out to other organisations. We do NOT employ a separate inspector for each individual report. The person you book to write the report is the owner of this business. Steve has a multi-­‐disciplined background with over 30 years experience in both residential and commercial construction and inspections.

  • Fully Licensed Builder/Building Consultant
  • Qualifications in Timber Pest Inspection, reporting and management.
  • Master Builders Association Member
  • Fully Insured – Professional Indemnity and Public Liability

Steve will give you appropriate and practical advice on any defects noted, and will be able to put you in touch with appropriate tradespeople to make necessary repairs. He will be happy to talk with you by phone or in person to discuss any identified defects arising for inspections.

Member No. 3023041

Member No. 10093

Certificate No. 4240-01

Certificate No. BPB XXXX

EQUIPMENT & TOOLS USED

When creating his reports, Steve has, as standard equipment, a variety of tools including high quality thermal imaging cameras, electronic impedance moisture testing equipment, borescope video camera, super bright 225 lumen touches and an array of small hand tools. Most inspection companies charge a premium for thermal imaging reports. At Smaart Building, we include it in our already competitive standard rates. The most important equipment Steve uses is his vast knowledge and experience. He has a keen eye for detail, observation, and curiosity.

GET IN CONTACT

If you would like to arrange for our comprehensive building inspection service to be conducted at a property you are thinking of purchasing, feel free to give us a call on 0418 412 341 and we arrange an appointment time that works best for you.

TYPES OF INSPECTIONS

  • Pre PURCHASE Building
  • Pre SALE Recommendations
  • Timber Pest
  • Pre PURCHASE Combined Building/Timber Pest
  • Pre SALE Combined Building/Timber Pest
  • NSW Pool/Spa Compliance Certification
  • Strata Building Inspections
  • Construction Dispute Recommendations
  • Owner Builder Recommendations
  • Investment Property Maintenance
  • Home Owner Maintenance
  • Building Quotation Interpretation

BOOK AN INSPECTION

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Payment method by EFT or Direct Deposit, details will be emailed to you once your booking is confirmed

WHAT CLIENTS SAY?

“ The Pre-purchase Report from Smaart Building Consultancy gave us the confidence to submit our offer. Thanks Steve :)
Trish L
” We were first time owner builders and didn’t realise what we were getting ourselves into.
Thank you Steve for your guidance. It would have been a night mare without you.”
James K
“ Steve has a vast knowledge of the building industry. The advice he gave us was invaluable.”
Robert M

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Yes, of course! You are always welcome to be at the inspection. However, experience has taught us that the best way to communicate with our clients is after they have read their written report. This makes sure that all the relevant information is communicated to you fully before you make any decisions in relation to the property. Please do not make any decisions based solely on what the inspector says to you during, or at the end of the inspection.

It is important that your inspector is not distracted from concentrating during the inspection process so please do not obstruct or interrupt him during the inspection. Also for safety reasons you should keep children and pets away from the inspector while he is working.

Your inspector has been instructed to encourage you to read the report and then to contact the ABIS office if you have any questions rather than to have a verbal report by the inspector at the end of the inspection.

Specifically, we want to ensure that we communicate important issues to in a way that you fully understand. We want to avoid the situation where you make a poor decision because you think a minor defect is worse than it is or vice versa. As there is a lot of information contained in the report that it is not practical for the inspector to cover verbally on site, we ask that you be patient and save your questions until after you have read the report. However, if you are on site and a major and serious defect is identified, the inspector will certainly talk to you about it on site.

We will endeavour to “go the extra mile” to explain any aspects of your report with you should you require it. Your full understanding of your report is important to us

A Building and or Pest Inspection is a visual inspection of the accessible areas of the property being inspected. An inspection prior to purchasing or selling a home is beneficial to avoid unpleasant surprises that may cost thousands of dollars to correct.

Typically a professional Building and or Pest Inspection include examination of the sub-floor, roof-cavity, exterior areas of the property, internal areas of the property. Specific examination is done for termite damage, rising damp, magnesite, cracking etc.

Depending on the occupancy status of the house.  24 hours notice needs to be given to tenants.

A pre purchase house inspection takes approximately 1 to 2 hours, depending on the size of the house and land.

Once we have inspected the house we begin preparing the inspection report, which will be sent to you via email within 24 hours of the inspection.

No property is perfect. If your inspector identifies defects, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the property, only that you will know in advance what to expect

No. The examination of the property is a professional inspection of its current condition. It’s not an appraisal, which judges market value, nor a council inspection, which verifies compliance to local government legislation. Your inspector will not pass or fail a property, but describe its physical condition and indicate what may need replacement or fixing.

Most buyers find it difficult to remain completely objective and this may lead to poor judgment. It’s always advisable to obtain an impartial third-party opinion by an independent expert.

We inspect as much of the roof as we safely can. However, as you can appreciate, we must be guided by Workplace Health & Safety laws and good practice. So there may be situations where your inspector will not be able to safely get onto the roof.

For example, the roof may:

•                    not be safe to access via a ladder

•                    be damaged by being walked on

•                    be too steep or slippery

•                    be fragile and not support the inspector’s weight

•                    present an electrical hazard

Should your inspector not be able to get onto the roof they can often partially inspect it from a ladder or from the ground. The method and limitations of roof inspection will be clearly communicated to you in your report.

We understand you’re concerned about the state of the property’s roof and will make best endeavours to safely inspect it. If access is restricted, your inspector can also identify some roof problems from the roof void if accessible.

In some cases, your inspector will have sufficient concerns about the conditions in the roof to recommend a further inspection using a cherry picker or other specialist safety equipment. Rest assured that this is not done as a matter of course due to the significant additional cost involved.

If you have any concerns about this aspect of your inspection please discuss them with us.

Your inspection is a record of observable conditions at a particular point in time and not a guarantee, warranty or insurance policy. Some problems can only be discovered by living in a property.

No property is perfect and if your inspector identifies defects, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t purchase the property, only that you will know ahead of time what to expect.

No. Your inspectors’ goal is to report fairly on the property’s condition. Ultimately, the decision is yours.