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Frequently asked questions:
What is covered in a pre purchase building inspection Gawler and Barossa valley?

In our building inspections we inspect the property for all major and minor defects. We inspect property subfloor, interior, exterior, roof void, roof and gutters, bathrooms, kitchens and laundry, the site of the property upto 30 metres of the boundary.

Why choose Gawler building inspections?

We are licensed builders with many years of knowledge and experience in the building industry. We have public liabilty and professional indeminty insurance to give you peace of mind. We have had many years in the building industry and we know what we are looking when it comes to building inspections in Gawler and Barossa Valley region, for our building inspections come with a very comprehensive report which would be one of the best in the Gawler, Barossa valley and Angle vale region. Our reports come with many pictures of defects and advice of rectifications and which trades to engage for repair and you can always call us with any questions.

When should I arrange a building inspections Gawler and Barossa valley?

You should contact Gawler building inspections as soon as you begin in the negotiating process try to book in your building inspection before the cooling off period ends we are very flexible and will try our best to book you in as soon as possible to assure that you have no stress and giving you enough time to make a decision.

When will I receive my building report?

Your report will be emailed to you the same day of the inspection all our building reports are sent in a PDF format and can be opened on any device or computer. We make sure our reports are sent out as soon as possible to give the client peace of mind.

What will a Timber pest report include?

It will include any timber pest activity in the building or the site, our qualified pest inspectors have all the newest technology to help with tracking and finding any pest activity. It will include any previous termite attacks or damage to the property. It will give any current or previous treatment that the property and site has have, along with any recommendations the pest inspector may have, our pest inspector can be contacted at any time with any further questions.

Can I be present at the building inspection Gawler and Barossa Valley?

Yes that is perfectly fine that you are present on inspection, ofcourse you will have to get the green light from the realtor or real estate agent but we like to talk to our clients face to face to discuss any of our findings of major and minor defects, if you can not attend we will give you a call once the pre purchase inspection is done to discuss any defects over the phone and any possible advice and recommendations that we can give to you. We at Gawler building inspections know that buying a house is a big investment and want to help you in the buying process.

What if i’m having trouble understanding the report from Gawler building inspections?

Our reports are very comprehensive and easy to read. But if you may be having any trouble reading or understanding our reports we will be happy to go over it with you over the phone, or organise a time to meet face to face so we can talk about your report and we can explain what problems or issues you may have. We are always available to answer any questions you may have, think of Gawler building inspections as a good friend of yours just not a building inspection company operating in Gawler and Barossa valley region.

How long will the building inspection take?

Our building inspections reports normally take around 1-2 hours depending on the condition of the property. After the completion of our building inspection we will show you around the property showing you all our findings and any present defects that we have found and think is a issue.

How can I pay for my building inspection Gawler and Barossa valley region?

We accept cash and bank transfer.

When do I need to pay for my building inspection Gawler and Barossa valley region?

We require payment for the building inspection the same day the building inspection is completed on our invoices we have the invoices set as payment upon reciept. Once we recieve payment for the building inspection we will email you the report straight away.


We often get asked do i need a building and pest inspection or can i just get a building inspection? The short answer is at Gawler building inspections we recommend you get both building and pest inspection done. The reason being the building inspector is not a professional in pest and pest control. Termites are often hidden and it is best to get a expert who is experienced in pest inspections and specializes in pest control to assess the home you are purchasing. In Gawler and the Barossa valley region there is lots of termite damage done to homes, and if undetected this will cost you thousands of dollars on repairs. So for a small fee you will have a expert in pest inspections come and thoroughly inspect the property and give you advice on termite prevention's and installation. At Gawler building inspections our pest inspectors are active pest controllers and have great knowledge and understanding in how termites and pests operate and where they are hidden as they work in the industry everyday.

Does the property i am purchasing have Asbestos?

To know 100% if the property you are purchasing has asbestos samples will have to be taken and sent off to a laboratory for testing. Up until the mid 1980s, Australia had one of the highest rates of asbestos use per person in the world and asbestos can cause life threatening illness and removal always has to be undertaken by a specialist. Asbestos used to be considered as a very useful mineral due to it's flexibility, durability, affordability and can insulate from heat and also from electricity. Because of these reason, it was often used in the construction of homes and building throughout Gawler and Barossa valley regions. Asbestos once a dust form is very dangerous so due diligence and safety equipment is needed when working with the material.

No regulations in South Australia!

Did you know that in South Australia there is no regulations to become a building inspector? Yes that is right even you can become a building inspector. At Gawler building inspections we think this is disgusting due to the fact that you may have a ex-warehouse worker with no licence, no qualifications, no building experience at all inspecting the property of your dreams, your biggest asset! If you are looking to purchase a property in the Gawler and Barossa valley region get in touch with us, our building inspectors and pest inspectors hold builders licences and pest control licences and hold many years of experience in the building and pest industry.

Real estate agents vs customer referral

Customer referrals - Here at Gawler building inspections most of our work comes from referrals we do not work with real estate agents and our reports are not biased check out our testimonials on google.

Fantastic reputation - We’re among Gawler and Barossa valley's most reputable building inspectors and our building inspection reports speak for themselves.

Impartial advice - We are completely independent from real estate agents and are on our customers side. We know Gawler and Barossa valley region, being born and bred in the Northern suburbs of South Australia our building inspector has a strong connection to the North and loves helping home buyers purchase properties in there area he respects and knows to well, wherever you buy in Gawler and the Barossa valley, we are familiar with the potential defects found within the property

Fully accredited - company Our company director and our main building inspector is professionally accredited and insured in South Australia and is a Licensed Builder and qualified building inspector

Fully compliant - All our building Inspections comply with and exceed Australian Standard 4349.1. (2007 Inspection of Buildings Part 1: Pre-Purchase Inspections; Residential Buildings). We follow a strict Code of practice assuring everything in the home you are purchasing applies to the Australia standard.

Constant support - Gawler building inspections completes non biased reports and are reinforced with FREE ongoing phone support after the report is given and whenever our customers have any questions.

Building inspectors obligation

The obligation for the building inspector is to make sure the property you are purchasing from the real estate agent is in good condition with no hidden defects. During a Pre purchase inspection the building inspector will take a thorough look of the property, checking the roof void, roof exterior, interiors, exteriors, site, subfloors ( if applicable ), bathrooms and kitchens for any hidden major or minor defects. The building inspector will comply a report with all his findings which will include pictures and send it through to your email, the inspector is with you every step of the way during the buying process. The building inspector will make sure the house you are buying is in good condition so you do not buy a nightmare. The inspector has many tools to help him conduct his inspection which will him detect any leaks in bathrooms and any moisture within the building materials. Building inspectors are your friend and work with you, to help you buy the right property and to save you money.

Why Gawler building inspections loves the Northern suburbs

The northern suburbs of South Australia hold so much character and life, the people down north are so down to earth and we love helping our clients buy their dream property. The town of Gawler has so much history and is such a amazing suburb to live in, so close to Barossa valley which in our opinion has the best vineyards and wineries in the world and one of South Australias most prominent tourist attractions. Just on the other side of Gawler is Craigmore which is a up and coming suburbs and very affordable, there is lots of development happening in the Northern suburbs with 1000's of houses being built in Penfield. Blakeview has had many new homes built already with a new shopping centre and beautiful parks, Blakeview is really a lovely place to live. Next to be developed will be Davoren park and Smithfield. All the properties in Davoren park and Smithfield are still very affordable for the average Australian giving them a lovely home, area and lifestyle. Elizabeth is not far from Craigmore, Blakeview and Gawler, this is said to be Adelaide's next CBD. Buying in Elizabeth now could be a good investment option if Elizabeth really does expand as Adelaide second CBD the house prices in Elizabeth will not stay the same as they are now. Elizabeth has great shopping centres, recreation centres, parks and things to do for the kids. Gawler building inspections love doing building inspections in the North we love seeing the constant development to our area. Gawler building inspections can not wait to see the Northern suburbs in years to become, exciting times ahead.

Dilapidation reports and inspections

At Gawler building inspections we offer our clients dilapidation reportsThis building report is carried out on neighboring properties to home owners who have a scheduled demolition next door, we will come into your property and take pictures and measurements of any cracks prior to the commencement of the earthworks. The inspection will report any existing damage to the neighboring properties, inc. any existing cracks to external walls, damage to concrete, paving, fences and trees. We believe you should protect your biggest asset and have everything documented down on paper for peace of mind, demolition work can cause extensive damage to homes and cause cracking to structural walls so make sure you have this documented down before any earthwork commences.  

Commercial building inspections

If you are purchasing a commercial property in Gawler, Barossa valley or Adelaide we can assist you with a commercial building inspection. Our building inspectors are highly trained in residential and commercial properties, our commercial building inspection service is first class and will include a premium report on completion outlining all major and minor defects found within the building . When purchasing and investing commercial buildings you do not have time to fix building defects, after all time is money. At Gawler building inspections we have completed many commercial building inspections and our building inspectors will help you from buying a bad business decision, which may potentially ruin your business. Contact us to help you buy with confidence. 

UNLICENSED building inspectors 

Did you know that in South Australia the building inspection industry is unregulated. That is right, building inspectors do not have to hold any qualifications in South Australia to be building inspectors. This is scary and we wish SA will tighten up the laws and regulations which other Australian states have done. It is not acceptable to have ( unlicensed builders with no building experience ) inspecting properties of hard working South Aussies. So we urge you to ask the building inspection company before commencing for their qualifications and license details to assure you are not hiring a building inspector without a builders license. 

What a building and pest inspection will include

When organizing a building and pest inspection to be undertaken, it is crucial that the inspection be undertaken by a independent inspection company, and not a card handed out by a real estate company. A unbiased report is crucial to the new home owner as it will reflect any major and minor defects found with the property they intend on purchasing and will not hide any Major issues, which unfortunately in some situations a agents building inspector will deliberately not add in the building inspection report. Everything from the exterior of the property to the interior will be looked at and it is then up to the prospective buyer to make a decision on whether the defects found are fixable and if the property is worth purchasing.

Everything from leaking taps to rising damp and windows that don’t open with ease will be noted. Structural defects, any termite activity or previous damage will be reported on during the building inspection. The report once completed will include many pages of valuable information and pictures to help you understand the property you are purchasing. The building inspection report will all include minor defects which may include, doors out of square, nail popping on the ceilings, cornice separation or eave deterioration. The more you know and learn about the property the easier it will be for you to make the right decision before the cooling off period or prior to auction.

Our pest inspector is highly trained in searching for any timber pests such as fungal decay, borers or termites. When engaging with our services, you can be confident that all areas of the home will be inspected including: Sub floor, roof void, bathrooms, kitchens and laundries. Our pest inspector will give you advice on ways to control conducive environments and any treatments that are necessary.

Understanding the cost of a building and pest inspection

When buying a home just remember that this will be the most expensive investment you make, this is a life changing purchase and if bought with hidden defects could ruin you and your families life especially when you have not budgeted for the costs included for repairs. A building and pest inspections only cost $500.00 this is small change when comparing it to the 100's of thousands of dollars it cost to buy a home. A building inspection is there to save the home purchaser from buying a house with any structural defects or termite activity, think of it as a insurance policy. Most homes are dressed for sale so the vendor can get top dollar for the property they are selling. Most people only notice the beautiful house that has been nicely dressed but below the surface can be a horror story, with structural defects in roof voids, roof exterior, bathrooms and sub-floors this usually can not be seen by the untrained eye. It is highly recommended that all purchasers have a building inspection done the cost is small compared to the sale price, even just for peace of mind.

How to choose a building inspection company in Gawler, Barossa valley and Adelaide

First step in finding the right building inspection company is to engage one that has no advantage of giving biased reports or a inspector recommended by a agent. A independent company will not tell you things the agent wants you to hear, they will give you the 100% truth and outline any Major or minor defects found with the property. Gawler building inspections is the most trusted company in Gawler, Barossa and Elizabeth and our name in pre-purchase inspections has a fantastic reputation that we always try to upkeep. Not only are we experienced and reliable we will offer you advice and recommendations after the building inspection has been completed even when you have moved into your property we are happy to answer any questions you have free of charge. We are all about our customers and helping them achieve the best result

Gawler building inspections will organise everything with you from consulting the agent for the best available time to inspect the property to having the building report to your email within 24 hours of the inspection being undertaken. If you can not attend that is no problem, we will give you a call after the inspection is complete and go over any Major defects found in the property before we even start the report so you know the condition of the property as soon as possible.

It is a great idea to organise a building inspection prior to placing a bid at auction. This is a great way to save yourself problems after purchase and to save significant costs on any unseen defects found with the property. We give all our clients detailed building inspection reports the report is easy to read and will contain photographs for reference of any defects found with the property.

2019 property market

So everyone must be wondering what does the South Australian property market have in store for us this year. With other major cities losing value the South australian market is holding strong. There is still many available houses on The housing prices in the Elizabeth area are still very affordable and Gawler and surrounding suburbs are always growing and expanding, as building inspectors we notice the impact in the property market when houses are not selling to when they are selling like hot cakes. We noticed that in Gawler, Smithfield, Davoren park and Elizabeth they are selling like hot cakes. We have had a very busy start to the year which was unexpected. We have started the year off doing a lot of inspections in Craigmore and Evanston. The housing in these areas are a bargain and i would be definitely be investing in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide. My tip this year for 2019 is good growth in the North and Southern suburbs, no movement in the east and west and the Adelaide hills to grow slightly. South Australia is a affordable city and we have not felt the growth that the other cities received, here in SA our house prices are steady and gain steady growth and therefore we will not feel the impact of the other states. The north has so much potential and development which has already started like Blakes crossing, Penfield, Andrews farm, Munno para, Evanston and many more. Watch the north grow to be hot real estate over the next few years.

Pre-sale building inspections

A pre-sale inspection helps you and the prospective buyer have a easy and quick sale. You can hand a independent building inspection report straight to the purchaser and show them the major and minor issues with the property before they purchase the home, this makes it easy to negotiate a price with the purchaser and they will know they are dealing with a vendor with integrity and honesty. When the purchaser knows what they are exactly buying it makes it a quicker sale and easier sale without any complications. 

Building & Property inspections in Elizabeth and surrounding suburbs

If you are looking to invest in the Northern suburbs, there are a number of great locations where you can find a affordable property with a large house and block for you and your family. Here is a list below of our recommendations where to buy in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide:

  • Craigmore is a large suburb north of Adelaide, South Australia. It is in the City of Playford local government area, just east of Elizabeth and south of Gawler
  • Munno Para is a northern suburb of Adelaide and is a up and coming area which has many new developments and subdivisions. Munno para is forever expanding and growing
  • Elizabeth is an outer northern suburb of Adelaide. It is located in the Playford council and Elizabeth is in between Gawler and Adelaide. The city of Elizabeth has seen much growth over the years with many major commercial buildings being built, Adelaide united soccer club being relocated their and many new restraunts and homes being built. Elizabeth is the next and upcoming Second CBD of South Australia. Watch Elizabeth and surrounding areas expand and grow large in the next few years. This is a great location to invest and buy now.
  • Blakeview is a northern suburb of Adelaide, South Australia. It is located in the City of Playford. Blakeview is predominantly a residential suburb, but also has two commercial areas and two education areas.
  • Smithfield has Main North Road as its eastern boundary, with service stations, the historic Smithfield Hotel and several other businesses and private residences. Anderson Walk is the southern boundary of the original village, which was arranged in a grid with Augusta Square in the centre. West of the older residential area is an industrial zone along the railway line, with Smithfield railway station on the south side of Anderson Walk. Munno Para Shopping City is on the south side of Smith Creek.
  • Andrews Farm lies north of Elizabeth It is bounded by the Northern Expressway, Curtis Road, Stebonheath Road and Petherton Road. It was originally rectangular in shape, with the western boundary Macdonald Park being Andrews Road. Andrews Farm was extended to the Northern Expressway in 2011 to prevent suburbs being divided by the new freeway.
  • Hillbank is a residential in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, South Australia. It contains such features as Jo Gapper Regional Park, Hillbank Childcare Centre, Elizabeth Pistol Club and an On The Run petrol station. Hillbank has alot of new homes but has old homes also. Hillbank is known as the prestige area of Elizabeth and has some amazing homes.
  • Davoren Park is a suburb at the northern extent of the Adelaide metropolitan area, South Australia in the City of Playford. The suburb was formed as part of a merger between Elizabeth Field and the northern part of Elizabeth West on 11 November 1993. Davoren Park is up and coming area after having a bad name for so many years, people have realised it's potential with such large blocks and not being far from the city and the city of Elizabeth. The prices are affordable and you can make positive income renting out a property in Davoren park. If you are looking to buy to live or invest definitely check out Davoren park you will pick up a bargain.


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Areas serviced include:

Altona, Angaston, Angle vale, Lewiston, Gawler, Gawler west, Two wells, lewiston, Buchfelde, Wilaston, Roseworthy, Elizabeth, Munno para, Craigmore, Barossa Goldfields, Bethany, Black Hill, Cambrai, Cockatoo Valley, Daveyston, Ebenezer, Flaxman Valley, Freeling, Gomersal, Greenock, Keyneton, Kongolia, Krondorf, Light Pass, Lyndoch, Marananga, Moculta, Moppa, Mount Crawford, Mount Mckenzie, Nain, Nuriootpa, Penrice, Pewsey Vale, Rosedale, Rowland Flat, Sandy Creek, Sedan, Seppeltsfield, Stockwell, Stone Well, Tanunda, Towitta, Vine Vale, Williamstown, Elizabeth downs, Elizabeth north, Elizabeth south, Elizabeth west, Elizabeth centre, Elizabeth east, Elizabeth vale, Salisbury north, Salisbury south, Salisbury east, Salisbury heights, Salisbury park, Smithfield plains, Smithfield, Blakeview, Davoren park, Penfield

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