Building Inspection

How to Avoid Common Building Inspection Mistakes

Whether you are buying or selling a property, a building inspection is a crucial step for ensuring the safety and dependability of a building. However, many individuals make common mistakes during building inspections that can lead to costly repairs, legal issues, or safety hazards. Today in this post, I will explore the most common building inspection mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them, ensuring a smooth and successful inspection process.

1. Skipping the Inspection Altogether

The most common mistake when inspecting a building is skipping the inspection completely. In a hurry or budget constraints made us this mistake. It may be hectic at the beginning, but it is fruitful. So, try to inspect thoroughly, without skipping any step regardless of the property’s age, condition, or perceived value.

2. Not Hiring a Qualified Inspector

Another common mistake is hiring an unqualified or inexperienced inspector. Ensure that you hire a qualified and reputable building inspector who has the necessary certifications, licenses, and experience to conduct a thorough inspection. When searching for the inspector, make sure you have read what the previous clients said about his or her service.

3. Not Attending the Inspection

Don’t depend on the inspector solely. On the day of the inspection, try to attend personally to inspect from your point of view. If you have any questions or doubts, ask the inspector about it. It also gives you an opportunity to address any concerns or issues with the inspector directly.

4. Focusing Solely on Price

If you think a highly paid inspector can inspect the property perfectly, then you might be wrong. Always prioritise quality and expertise over price alone. Investing in a qualified and thorough inspection can save you money in the long run by identifying potential issues early and preventing costly repairs or legal disputes.

5. Ignoring Red Flags

During the inspection, pay close attention to any red flags or warning signs that may indicate underlying issues with the property. Common red flags include water damage, cracks in the foundation, mold or mildew growth, electrical problems, and structural deficiencies. Ignoring these warning signs can lead to significant problems later on.

6. Overlooking Maintenance Issues

Don’t overlook minor maintenance issues identified during the inspection, as they can become more significant problems over time. Address issues such as leaky faucets, damaged roof shingles, peeling paint, or malfunctioning HVAC systems promptly to prevent further damage and ensure the longevity of the property.

7. Not Reviewing the Inspection Report Thoroughly

After the inspection, carefully review the inspection report provided by the inspector. Take the time to understand the findings, recommendations, and any areas of concern identified during the inspection. If you have questions or need clarification on any aspect of the report, don’t hesitate to reach out to the inspector for further explanation.

8. Neglecting to Obtain Estimates for Repairs

If the inspection reveals any significant issues or repairs that need to be addressed, don’t neglect to obtain estimates for the cost of repairs. Having a clear understanding of the potential costs involved will help you make informed decisions about the property and negotiate effectively with the seller.

9. Skipping Additional Inspections

In some cases, a standard building inspection may not be sufficient to uncover all potential issues with the property. Consider scheduling additional inspections, such as termite inspections, mold inspections, or structural engineering assessments, if warranted by the findings of the initial inspection or specific concerns about the property.

10. Rushing Through the Process

Finally, avoid rushing through the inspection process or making urgent decisions about the property. Take the time to thoroughly evaluate the property, review inspection reports, and consider all relevant factors before making a final decision. Rushing through the process can lead to overlooking critical issues or making uninformed decisions that may have long-term consequences.


Building inspections are a critical step in the process of buying or selling a property and ensuring the safety and integrity of a building. By avoiding common building inspection mistakes such as skipping the inspection, hiring an unqualified inspector, ignoring red flags, or rushing through the process, you can protect yourself from unforeseen issues and expenses down the line.

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