Building Warranty Inspection Report


Book your warranty Inspection to meet the 12 month non-structural building defects warranty period

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The excitement that comes with building a new home can turn into disappointment when your later identify defects.
It is common place for natural building materials as a home settles over time, where a drying frame may warp causing minor hairline cracking in an attached wall and ceiling sheeting and cornices. Similarly, slab settlement may cause minor cracking in tiles. Our builders are familiar with what's minor and to be expected and can explain our findings to you in context so you'll be less alarmed.
At APBI we can help you ensure you are protected by completing a Building Warranty Inspection. Our building inspector will conduct the inspection with the same focus upon detail, using detailed checklists to produce a comprehensive report. This allows us to specifically look for any changes which have occurred in the interim, and helps to identify defects so you can have the building contractor to rectify the defective building work if:

  • structural defective building work is within 6 years and 3 months of the building work being completed;
  • non-structural defective building work is within 12 months of the building work being completed.

You must lodge a formal complaint with your local State regulatory authority as soon as possible, but no later than within 12 months of becoming aware of the defects. This does not extend to manufacturers' product warranties such as white goods. It is imperative to schedule your APBI Warranty Inspection as a follow-up 11 months after your Building Handover Inspection to meet the 12 month non-structural building defects warranty period.


According to Rectification of Building Work: "Defective building work means building work that is faulty or unsatisfactory" which:

  • does not comply with the Building Act 1975, Building Code of Australia or an applicable Australian Standard;
  • involves the use of a manufactured product where that product has been used, constructed or installed in a way that does not comply with the product manufacturer's instructions".

And in particular, "Non-structural defective building work means defective building work (other than structural defective building work or residential construction work causing subsidence) that is faulty or unsatisfactory" because:

  • it doesn't meet a reasonable standard of construction or finish expected of a competent holder of a contractor's licence of the relevant class;
  • it has caused a settling in the period defect in a new building such that the building work that does not perform at a standard reasonably expected of work carried out by a competent holder of a contractor's licence of the relevant class".




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Building, Pest and New Home Inspections | Inspector locations

Australian Property & Building Inspections have established offices across Australia to enable our organisation to service local individual building inspection

needs as well as the needs of larger corporate clients.  


Each office is well appointed and support our National Call Centre located at Level 14, 330 Collins Street, Melbourne.


Our office facilities, located across each capital city and mojor reisdential hubs provide convenient locations for all of our clients to meet

with our building inspectors and administration team to discuss any point of an inspection or property.















General Questions
Yes, our inspectors are available 7 days a week.
Your presence is certainly welcome but not essential. Our inspector will need access to the property which can be arranged via the Real Estate Agent or Vendor.
Depending on the property itself, we allow an hour for the inspection and up to another hour for reporting and documentation.
Some home inspections take less or more time depending on the degree of accessibility and depending on the number of defects found.
We then prepare the report and liaise with the client on the findings.
The report is available within 24 hours of inspection and often sooner. Payment must be received prior to a report being emailed or posted.
24 hours notice must be provided to cancel a booked property inspection.
Yes, APBI holds both Professional Indemnity Insurance and Public Liability Insurance.
Yes you can pay using your credit card via our online secure payment gateway, calling our friendly team or at the time of inspection with your building inspector.
Yes, APBI has BPAY facility. You will receive an invoice which will include the BPAY Biller Code and Reference Number required to make payment via your financial institution.
24 hours notice must be provided to cancel a booked property inspection. Once the property inspection has been completed payment must be made prior to a report being emailed or posted. No refunds will be available once an inspection has occurred.
Any requests for a refund must be made in writing to our accounts department:
  • Email:
  • Post: Accounts Department, Level 14, 330 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000