Building Inspections Perth & Cost Effective Pre Purchase Structural Inspection Reports

Structural Engineer Inspection Reports in Perth and the South West of Western Australia

A structural engineer inspection involves the visual assessment of accessible areas of a building to determine the structural adequacy of an existing structure and to identify major defects to the building or structure. We specialise in residential & commercial buildings, structural construction, inspections, diagnosis & repair, foundation damage, leaning, buckling, cracks in homes & walls, bowing and cracking, chimney inspections & safety concerns, causes and cures for rot, mould, & termites in buildings, sinkholes at building sites, stair and rail fall & trip hazards, & also special inspection methods for modular homes. The cost for an average inspection is several hundred dollars but the value in the information provided can far exceed the initial cost. 

Cost effective pre purchase structural building inspection reports for Perth and the South West

A pre-purchase structural building inspection and report for residential buildings is conducted in accordance with the Australian Standard AS4349.1-2007. The inspection is visual in nature and does not involve destructive testing or dismantling. The cost of the inspection is minimal compared to the value it can provide to home buyers. The structural building inspection report is a written account of the property’s condition. It will include any significant building defects or problems such as rising damp, movement in the walls (cracking), safety hazards or a structural concerns in the roof space. It is usually carried out before settlement so that the buyer can identify problems which, if left unchecked, could prove costly to repair. In addition to a building inspection report, we are able to also provide certified structural engineering advice on how to rectify structural defects throughout.  For more information refer to our ultimate guide to pre-purchase structural building inspections for the Perth homebuyer.

When it comes to pre-purchase structural and pest inspections, our key service advantages include: 

  • each structural inspection is performed by a Chartered Professional Engineer; 

  • we are able to provide competent advice to remediate structural defects;

  • we can assess and certify unauthorised structures such as patios, sheds, retaining walls, home extensions and other residential ancillary structures; 

  • each pre-purchase timber pest inspection is performed by a qualified inspector;

  • we use the latest technology which includes moisture meters and thermal imaging cameras;

  • site data is efficiently collected onsite using custom made software, allowing reports to be automatically generated to ensure accuracy and a quick result.

Concrete panel and post retaining wall inspections and structural engineering design

Concrete panel and post-style retaining walls are very poplar in the Perth Area and there several local manufacturers. Before construct, a structural engineer must confirm the suitability and design of retaining walls. If installed incorrectly it is common to see visible leaning which may indicate a serviceability failure or even early structural failure. Our structural engineers can assist with cost effective inspections and provide a report detailing the causes which are causing issues and possible solutions.

Dilapidation inspections

The purpose of a dilapidation building inspection provides an accurate record of the condition of the existing surrounding buildings and structures. This building inspection is particularity useful if construction activities will be undertaken on the adjacent properties.  

Forensic engineering & building inspection

This type of inspection involves failure analysis and the evaluation of structural issues with the purpose to ascertain the cause of the failure and determine options to remediate.

Pre purchase new building inspection

For newly built homes a building inspection report is complete at various stages and in particular at practical completion. The report details the main issues which you will need to get the builder/developer to fix up the certificates we recommend you ask for to verify the quality of the building work the little irritating things you need to be told about such as badly scratched glass, cracked tiles, sloppy workmanship. 

Cracking in house walls & floor structural engineering inspection Perth

If you are concerned about cracks in a house we can conduct a structural inspection to determine the cause of the cracking. There are many reasons that can result in cracking. The structural inspection will focus on the source of cracking.  Cracking in walls in a residential house can often depend on the soil conditions. Walls in a house may crack for various reasons and we can advise if the cracks are structural or non-structural as well as advice on house to rectify the cracks. The main aim of the structural engineering inspection is to assess the particular situation and provide specific guidance on repairs. 

Roof inspection -  attic conversion or removal of load bearing walls

If you decide to create additional storage space in your roof, we can conduct an inspection of the roof frame and advise how the existing structure can be modified. This usually involves a more detailed analysis of the overall building. A structural roof inspection is a critical check if load bearing walls are to be removed. This inspection will determine the best approach to ensure that the structural adequacy is not compromised. 

Site inspection and compaction testing using PSP

Before constructing a new structures such as a retaining wall, swimming pool, shed or pouring a slab or a foundation, achieving adequate compaction is very important. We can inspect the site preparation and verify the compaction with a Perth Sand Penetrometer (PSP) and issue a compaction test certificate. Compaction testing will be undertaken in accordance with AS1289 and we can issue the certificate on site if compaction readings are adequate.

Structural inspection and certification for unauthorised structure (for retrospective approval)

If a particular structure such as a patio, retaining wall or shed has been constructed without the necessary approval from your Perth Local Authority, we can inspect and determine the structural integrity of the structure and provide you with certified engineering documentation so that approval is granted by the Local Authority. If it is determined that remedial work is needed our experienced professional structural engineers can provide advice so that Local Authority requirements are satisfied. 

Retaining wall structural inspection report Perth Metro

If you have an existing retaining wall and you are planning alterations, extensions, new structures or you have concerns regarding the structural adequacy of the retaining wall we can undertake a structural inspection. We have extensive expertise in the design and failure analysis for all types of retaining wall including limestone retaining walls, concrete panel and post retaining walls, brick retaining walls and concrete cantilever retaining walls. Check out our blog article on Perth retaining wall inspection, design guidance, structural engineering details & construction.

Pre purchase timber pest inspection and report

The cost of a termite inspection in Perth is very small when compared to the significant damage that termites and other timber pests can produce. Therefore a termite inspection in accordance with AS4349.3 is very important if you are purchasing a home. We can assist with a pre purchase timber pest inspection report to ensure that the property is not infested by termites or other timber pests. All inspections are undertaken by a qualified inspector with pest control operator’s licence and registered in Western Australia. 

Other engineering inspections

Our building inspection Perth services include residential and commercial properties. Our experience span across various construction systems such as timber and steel framed houses, precast concrete, and modular timber framed houses. Some of the typical defects that we find include foundation cracks, retaining wall defects & failures, undermining issues during construction, cracks due to shrinkage or reactive soils. If you require a structural engineer inspection in Perth or the South West with requirements not described above, please contract us

Why choose RBC for your pre purchase structural building inspection in Perth?

  • Our structural inspections are conducted by a professional civil engineer

  • Professional indemnity insurance

  • Clear pre-purchase building inspection agreement listing inspection exclusions

  • Full inspection of safely accessible roof space

  • Full crawl of roof interior and subfloor (if applicable).

  • Time on site 2 to 3 hours

  • Report turnaround within 24 hours

  • Moisture meter as standard equipment

  • Thermal imaging available

  • Urgent service and attendance available

  • Members of the Institute of Engineers Australia

  • Ability to assist with future engineering details, approvals, renovations, Q&A and troubleshooting

  • Booking online via our website 24 hours 7 days 

  • site data is efficiently collected onsite using custom made software, allowing reports to be automatically generated using our in-house technology to ensure accuracy and a quick result

  • Independent building inspector for Perth and the South West who can assist home buyers and property owners with renovation advice, home inspection services, building inspections in Perth and the South West, structural engineer advice and cost effective structural pre-purchase home inspections.

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