Pest and Building Inspections FAQs

With these Hawkeye Pest and Building Inspections FAQs, we make the process of booking your inspection easier!

Are Hawk Eye building reports compliant with Australian Standards?
What type of buildings does Hawk Eye inspect?
What type of buildings does Hawk Eye not inspect?
What areas of a building does Hawk Eye look at?
What type of things does Hawk Eye look for when inspecting a house?
Does the report have photos of damage?
How long will it take for you to do the inspection?
Can I ring you and talk to you about the inspection report?
Can you email or fax the report to me?
How do I get the report?
How do I pay for the report?
Are you qualified to do these inspections?
Do you have Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance?
What are your trading hours?
Can I attend the inspection?
How do I order a report?
What jurisdiction do you work in?
What are your Terms of Inspection?
Are Hawk Eye building reports compliant with Australian Standards?

Yes all Pre Purchase Building Inspections Comply with Current Australian Standards 4349.1 2007

What type of buildings does Hawk Eye inspect?
  • Free standing houses
  • Semi detached houses
  • Terrace style houses
  • home units or flats
  • Company, strata and community title units
  • Villas
  • Town houses and cluster homes
What type of buildings does Hawk Eye not inspect?

Multi storey concrete buildings (3 storeys and more).

What areas of a building does Hawk Eye look at?

The areas inspected and reported in a pre purchase inspection are; all accessible areas to the interior, exterior, sub floor, roof void, out building, garage, granny flats and garden areas.

What type of things does Hawk Eye look for when inspecting a house?

Please be aware that the structures listed below are examples only. Buildings are constructed in many different ways so some reports will only cover the areas applicable. Eg. Cottages built on a concrete slab will not have sub floor timbers mentioned in the report.

Ceilings
Sagging plaster board sheets, nails popping, defective lining, cracking from movement, dampness and water damage, plaster board not fixed adequately and minor damage from impact or other.

Walls
Bulging, nails popping, bent studs, defective lining, dampness and water damage, significant distortion and drummy plaster, plaster board not fixed adequately and minor damage from impact or other.

Floors and floor coverings
Springy floor, floors not level, borer damage in floors, wood rot or water damage floors, but jointed flooring or any other defect.

Concrete floors
Large cracks in floors, deviations, defects on finishes, slab edge exposure compliance, incorrect placement of reinforcement, incorrect placement of concrete.

Windows
For example on a timber windows Hawk Eye would take note of putty, sash operation, broken glass, sash fittings and hardware, water staining ,wood rot termite damage, corrosion and workmanship, flashings. Or in an aluminium window Hawk Eye would inspect the glazing seals, sash operations, broken glass, water staining corrosion and workmanship.

Joinery
Doors, architraves, skirtings and closets. Binding doors, defective door hardware, corroded or rusted fittings, damaged doors, badly fitted doors, unprofessionally fixed architraves and skirtings, loose skirtings and architraves water damaged or other damage to skirtings or architraves bowed timbers,  general workmanship.

Kitchen
Bench tops: Lifting or delamination of laminate, water damage to bench tops, burn damage to bench tops, unprofessional finishes to bench tops. Kitchen cupboards: water damage to cupboards, door and drawer operation, hardware operation, plumbing and drainage, water hammer, water pressure,  damage to components, loose or drummy tiles, broken or cracked tiles, grout and sealant, workmanship in general.

Bathroom / ensuite/ WC
Grade of floor, floor waste, shower recess, broken glass,leaking plumbing, water pressure, water hammer, loose or drummy tiles, cracked or broken tiles, water proofing effectiveness, over flow, broken or cracked pan, cistern operation, vanity condition and wash basin, ventilation, general workmanship.

Laundry
Grade of floor, floor waste, Laundry tub, broken glass,leaking plumbing, water pressure, water hammer, loose or drummy tiles, cracked or broken tiles, water proofing effectiveness, over flow, joinery  condition, ventilation, general workmanship.

Stairs
Stringer, handrails, balusters, newel posts, treads, risers, winders, spandrels and general workmanship.

Roof void
Roofing timbers, method of construction (eg. Trusses or conventional), insulation, sarking, party walls, integrity of assembly, general workmanship, other defects.

Sub floor
Bearers and joists, piers, stumps,  timber framing, dampness and damp damage, ventilation, drainage, leaking plumbing, debri, ant caps, termite preventatives, general workmanship.

Exterior
Brick work, mortar, cladding, visible flashings, weep holes, joint sealants, protective coatings (paint), facias, gutters, down pipes, roof covering, pitch of roof is acceptable, chimney flashings, window flashings, steel lintels, concrete lintels, drainage problems, attachments (eg. pergolas and decks free standing and attached), windows, ant caps, eave linings, garden areas (eg. Retaining walls, dispersion pits, natural ground level and possible drainage problems).

Does the report have photos of damage?

Yes all Hawk Eye reports have digital images of damage and other items of interest.

How long will it take for you to do the inspection?

The average inspection takes 1.5 to 2.5 hours on site if not too many problems are found. In the event that there are many defects it can take longer.

Can I ring you and talk to you about the inspection report?

Please feel free to ring and discuss any issues you have or if you need further clarification on any part of the report. I am passionate about great customer service and all my clients are important.

Can you email or fax the report to me?

Yes. Email is our preferred option.

Unfortunately we are no longer faxing reports… hey it’s a new century!

How do I get the report?

All reports are emailed, a hard copy can be sent to your address or it can be picked up from my office.

How do I pay for the report?

Hawk Eye accepts cash, cheque, money order or direct deposit.

Are you qualified to do these inspections?

Yes.

Hawk Eye’s Building Consultant license number is BC 1120.

Our Builders Licence Number is 91810C.

Pest management technician license number is PMT 15-003650-003.

Please feel free to check these license number on the department of fair trading website.

Do you have Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance?

Yes. A certificate of currency can be faxed to you upon request.

What are your trading hours?

Hawk Eye can be contacted from 7am to 7pm 6 days a week and 10am to 7pm on Sundays.

Can I attend the inspection?

You are welcome to attend the inspection if it is ok with the vendor. However it is advisable not to ask the consultant questions during the inspection as this can disrupt the flow and line of thought and normal procedure to ensure nothing is missed.

How do I order a report?

Click on the ‘Order an Inspection’ button where ever you see it this website.

What jurisdiction do you work in?

Hawkeye Pest and Building Inspections love to work in the following areas;

  • Central Coast
  • Lake Macquarie
  • Newcastle
  • Port Stephens
  • Hunter Valley

We already work for many solicitors, conveyancers, real estate agents and private clients in these regions and are able to service these regions with minimal notice.

What are your Terms of Inspection?

Our Terms of Inspection can be read on our Terms of Inspection Agreement PDF file located here.

Noel Seabrook
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