Brisbane Building Inspectors

Safeguard Inspections is a building inspector in Manly West, Brisbane. We also service surrounding suburbs in Brisbane. We are experienced and well-regarded building inspectors in Brisbane. A family-owned and operated business, we are locals who are familiar with Brisbane and Bayside properties and the issues they face.  We won’t leave a stone unturned; thoroughness is a crucial part of our service.

Our inspection services include:

Residential Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspections

Dilapidation Reports

Drone Aerial Inspections.

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The Brisbane Building Inspector You Need on Your Team

We cannot emphasise enough how important it is to have a pre-purchase building inspection before you agree to buy a property. We’ve heard many horror stories about people who winged it by not engaging building inspectors. They expected to save a dollar or two but instead, they faced thousands of dollars in repairs.

As residential building and pest inspectors, our Brisbane building inspections are visual assessments of properties to identify any issues, hazards or defects within the property. We compile these observations into a building inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection.

Our pre-purchase building inspections come as stand-alone building or pest inspections, or, a combined building and pest inspection are also available. Our pest inspections use the latest thermal imaging, moisture sensing and drone technology to identify new and existing damage from pest infestations, water leaks or electricals.

Building Inspector in Brisbane and Surrounding Suburbs

We understand that the property you’re about to buy is going to be one of the most important purchases you make in your lifetime and that the last thing you need is for your plans to be delayed by unnecessary red tape and hidden problems. When you are buying a property, time is money!

We’re here to help you make an informed decision about your property purchase, not scare you away from making it. We provide a comprehensive inspection report within 24 hours of completing the inspection, along with transparency and stand out communication.

As a private building inspector with an emphasis on being independent, we work towards your interests when conducting pre purchase building inspections. We enjoy conducting building and pest inspections in Wynnum and surrounds, it’s our local area and we love putting our local knowledge to good use. We also conduct building and pest inspections Brisbane Southside as well as other Brisbane suburbs within a 25km radius, including Moreton Bay.

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Some of the Suburbs We Service




Camp Hill






Manly West

Mount Gravatt


South Brisbane


Wynnum West

Please give us a call to see if we service your area, we’d love to have a chat to discuss your needs. Read on for a more detailed overview of our services.

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pre purchase building inspection being carried out by Ben with a moisture meter

Why we are FIVE STAR rated building inspectors

We are prompt – we give timely reports within 24 hours

QBCC licence number 15115074

Insured to provide peace of mind

We are experienced – 25+ years in the building industry

Communication is key. Our reports are written in a language you can understand with supporting photographs. Ben is more than happy to talk through reports.

We conduct thermal imaging inspections using the latest thermal imaging and moisture sensing technology

Use of drone technology to inspect hard to reach places.

Five-Star Rated Building Inspectors Brisbane

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What’s included in our Brisbane building inspections?

When we carry out house inspections on Brisbane properties, we check everywhere. This includes the interior and exterior of the house, unit or townhouses, the exterior, the roof space, the external roof (conditions apply) underneath the floor (including the subfloor) and even detached structures like fences, retaining walls, sheds and pergolas. We will not inspect any area where we cannot gain access.

The main focus of the inspection are structural issues and whether or not the property meets the Building Codes and Standards of Australia. We will also make a note on the report how difficult we think the issue will be to repair so you can make your decision.

As building inspectors, our job is to advise you on what we find. This advice may be on non-structural critical repairs as well as the information you will need to get quotes from tradespeople. These quotes will help you decide whether you need to renegotiate your offer be it a pre-purchase inspection or perhaps withdraw your interest altogether. For practical completion inspections, the report is an independent view of the work; this will assist you in having the job done according to your contract with the builder.

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Structural issues are a key focus but not the only ones during an inspection. We inspect the property for safety concerns, too. Things like damaged electrical wires, asbestos and poorly maintained stumps are just a few defects we look out for.

Lastly, we check for pests. Yes, we are the thick-skinned troopers that often feel our way through dark spaces, prepared for whatever may jump out – possums, rats, toads, snakes, termites, bugs….But it’s all for you, our customer. We do use more than just our hands though; we’re fully equipped with thermal imaging cameras and moisture meters because we certainly don’t knock down any walls!

To summarise, a pre-purchase building and pest inspection cover the following:

Interior and exterior

Roof space

Underfloor space

Roof exterior

Fencing and retaining walls


Structural issues

Necessary repairs

Safety issues


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Dilapidation Reports Brisbane

The name is not as it sounds; this is not an inspection for derelict homes! So what is a dilapidation report and when would you get one?

A dilapidation report is reporting on the condition of a property at a particular point in time. It includes notes, photos, measurements, and diagrams to draw an accurate picture of the condition. It outlines the areas of a property that are likely to be affected by nearby development works.

A good example of where you may need to arrange for a dilapidation report is when you are performing construction, excavation or demolition work on your property. To protect yourself legally, you might want to get a dilapidation report done on your neighbour’s property before and after the work in the case of a potential claim that the work has damaged their property.

Other times a dilapidation report is needed is when development works are being carried out near your property and the authorities involved need reports outlining the state of the properties before, during and after the works are completed. They aren’t always required to do this so if you believe your property may be at risk, it’s a good idea to speak to a building inspector to arrange your own dilapidation reports

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Thermal imaging inspections Brisbane

In a nutshell, thermal imaging is a photograph that is taken using light/heat signatures. It’s of great benefit during Brisbane house inspections because it can be used to detect heat variations or the transfer of heat on different surfaces like floors, walls and ceilings. These things would usually be hidden to the naked eye.

The images that it produces can help us to identify water leaks, possible termite activity or damage without cutting into the surface.

However, contrary to popular belief, thermal imaging cameras cannot see through walls. Yes, they can detect surface temperatures, but again, these temperatures can vary depending on building materials, the use of insulation or heat transfer.

How we use thermal imaging for inspections

Water leaks – Areas where water has leaked into surrounding structures appear colder on a thermal imaging camera

Termite Nests – termites (or white ants) love water and generate heat. An inspection with a thermal imaging camera can detect this where the naked eye cannot.

Electrical Issues – the thermal imaging camera highlights hotspots or overloading within circuits in a building.

Insulation issues – areas, where thermal insulation are misplaced or missing, are easily identified with a thermal imaging camera.

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Get a bird’s eye view With Our Drone Building Inspections

DJI Mavic Air 2 drone used on Brisbane building inspections

Why book a residential drone building inspection?

Not all roofs are well-maintained and not all have safe access. So what’s the best way to check them? It’s with a drone. Drone building inspections are beneficial because they:

  • Identify defects that would otherwise go unseen.
  • Prevent unsafe, unprotected roof inspections on foot.
  • Save home buyers money by detecting defects before they happen.
  • Help buyers make educated decisions about purchasing a property for investment or sale.

You wouldn’t buy a car without a test drive.

We have identified the need to add drone building inspections to our list of services because we want to cover all bases for our customers, leaving no stone unturned. This innovative technology provides a comprehensive and user-friendly building inspection that would otherwise be impossible without access to the roof.

Inspect your roof with safety in mind

We are Brisbane building inspectors that inspect your roof without risk—from the ground or a drone! Safety is crucial, and with a drone, we can provide a safer way to identify roof defects that would otherwise go unseen by an inspector on foot. Find out more about how you can protect your investments and make educated decisions today.

Uncover the unseen

Our DJI Mavic Air 2 drone provides high-quality imagery by zooming in on specific areas of a building and roof during a building inspection, therefore, this high-quality imagery allows us to see defects on an otherwise inaccessible roof.  A drone roof inspection in Brisbane means you’re making an informed purchase decision, and you’re ensuring your investment is safe, particularly for the next Brisbane storm.

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Which drone do we use?

We use a DJI Mavic Air 2 drone and own a drone pilot’s license. It is compact, and we love it for its power, portability and advanced features. The excellent image quality and intelligent shooting functions of the Mavic Air 2 drone allow us to inspect from heights with unparalleled detail and more safely and smartly. The 48MP camera can discover even the slightest defect thanks to its high megapixel count which allows for vivid details even when you zoom in on an image.

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CASA licensed

Our drone pilot has a Remote Pilot Licence (RePL). Licensing is completed through accredited training courses and is controlled through the Civil Aviation Safety Authority or CASA, operated by the Australian government.

For a building and pest inspection in Brisbane, CONTACT US for a quote.

Please give Ben a call or send us an email for a quote tailored to your needs.

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