Building & Engineering Solutions

Principal:  Jeffrey Hills - Engineer/Master Builder

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faq

Find answers to frequently asked questions

New South Wales and Queensland's first choice for property inspections

With an enormous amount of experience in the building inspections industry and an extensive client base reaching across New South Wales and Queensland, we are known for our expertise in the field. Below, we have published some of our most frequently asked questions and their answers for your convenience. If you’d like to know more, simply give our team a call today.

Do you have any affiliations with Real Estate’s or Solicitors?

 JHA is an independent company that works exclusively for you.

Where are you located?

Our head office is located in Burleigh Heads on the Gold Coast.  We have inspectors who reside across Queensland and New South Wales.

Would the building inspector or engineer tell us whether or not to purchase a property?

Our inspectors are simply there to report on the condition of the property as viewed. The final decision is up to you.

Does the Building and Pest report include a cost of repairs or renovation works?

Unfortunately this is not noted in the report. However, as our inspectors have many years’ experience within the building industry; they’ll be able to give you a rough verbal estimate of cost for such works. One of the key benefits of attending your inspection is the advice you can gain from our knowledgeable staff.

Are Jeffrey Hills & Associates covered by insurance?

Jeffrey Hills & Associates are fully insured with QBE Insurance.

Can I attend the inspection?

We encourage our clients to attend the inspection, as this is how you can gain the most from the process. We also fully encourage clients to ask any questions they may have regarding the property.

Does a building inspection include the roof and roof cavity of the home?  
What else is included in our building inspection?

In some cases we can inspect the roof and the roof cavity for problems such as broken or cracked tiles and termite activity.  However, workplace health and safety guidelines determine height restrictions for our investigation of roofs.

What equipment is used during your building inspection?

Besides looking for visible evidence of termite infestation, our inspectors use an approved Tramex moisture meter on the internal walls of the dwelling. If a high moisture reading is detected, this could mean there are active termites, or possibly water penetration problems within the wall cavity.

What about Thermal Imaging?

Our inspectors have the latest Thermal Imaging cameras that can detect anomalies such as hot and cold spots caused by termites, water leaks in surfaces that we scan.

If a further investigation is recommended by the inspector, an invasive inspection is available. This involves drilling a small hole, about the size of the end of a pencil, into the wall where the high moisture reading was obtained. An instrument called a borescope is then inserted into the wall cavity, which shows us what may be causing the readings.

Is the Building and Pest done by two separate inspectors?

Our staff are fully trained and qualified as both building and pest inspectors, giving them an extremely detailed insight into both areas.

How long does a inspection take?

Each property is different; it depends on whether you are having an inspection from an engineer or a building inspector.  If you give us a call, we can determine the size of the property and give you an idea of the time that it may take.

To find out more about our building inspections, call us today on 07 5576 2144 .

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