FAQs

We’re Here To Answer Your Questions

At Alpha to Omega we want to help you with the purchase and build of your home. We like transparency and want to be as accommodating as we possibly can be, so we have compiled a list of questions and answers that will hopefully help you out.

 

If there is a question that we have not answered please feel free to email us.

What Areas Do You Service?

We cover Melbourne, Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, and surrounding areas, as well as most parts of regional Victoria. Please contact us for further information.

Why Do I Need A Building Inspection?

  • Financial Protection.
  • Quality Assurance.
  • Independence from building companies
  • Safety

 

Buying or building a home is often the biggest investment you will make in your lifetime. The average cost of buying a house in Melbourne is now $643,000 (REIV, 2014). We know from experience, that once you have handed the final cheque over, its is nearly impossible to get your builder to fix any issues there might be, unless you are willing to cover the extra cost (which can be thousands of dollars). Furthermore, once your home is finished, it is much more time and cost expensive to go back and fix structural issues. We have successfully helped many families avoid these issues.

 

The cost of home inspections in Melbourne is very small relative to the buildings themselves; it is generally less than 0.1%. We can make sure your home is being constructed safely, in accordance with the requirements of the Building Code of Australia.

What Do We Offer?

We specialize in the independent inspections of new homes, while under construction, at the hand-over stage or during their contractual maintenance period.

 

We offer:

  • Home handover defects inspections (or home defects reports)
  • Slab pre-pour inspection
  • Frame inspection
  • Pre-plaster/lockup inspection.
  • Advice on how to make your home more energy efficient
  • General advice on anything about the building process (e.g. contractual wording)

What Does An Inspection Cover?

We inspect all visible:

  1. External surfaces of the building and surrounds including: roof line, flashing, eaves, gutters, downpipes, walls, windows, glazing, doors, stairs, porches, balconies, paint finish, security doors, car accommodation, clothes lines, council crossings and footpaths, driveways, landscaping, paths/paving, retaining walls, steps, stormwater run-off, drainage and taps etc.
  2. Internal surfaces of the building including: ceilings, cornice, walls, architraves, skirting boards, floor structure and covering, cupboards, drawers, shelving, wardrobes, vanity units, fly screens, ventilation, paint finish, doors, windows, glazing, stairs and fittings.

 

All of these services are carried out by qualified, professional building consultants to give you complete confidence in your new home.

What Can I Expect From Alpha To Omega?

  • Complete Independence
  • Honest Advice
  • Quick Turnaround

What Should You Expect From Our Report?

Our reports are completed electronically and sent to you as soon as they are finalised. For a full list of what we inspect please see our ‘Services’ page or ‘Pricing’ Page.

Is There A Quicker More Inexpensive Inspection Available To Just Check If Our Property Is Sound?

There are a couple of inspection types at this level, we understand that people are on a budget so we offer a on site verbal report starting from $250 + GST this is a good staring point and will give you a good idea of the quality of your home.

How Do You Arrange Access To The Property For The Inspection?

We can contact your builder to arrange a time to meet on site.

What Is The Cost Of An Owner-Builder Report?

The cost of an Owner-Builder Report is determined mainly by the size of the project. Please contact our office for a quote.

The Inspection Is Urgent. How Soon Can It Be Done?

Urgent inspections can generally be arranged within 2 business days.

When Can I Have My Building Inspection Report?

The result of the Inspection is available verbally on the day and a copy of the report will be emailed to you generally within 24hrs of the inspection.

What Is The Payment Process?

Payment for Inspections is due on the day of the Inspection, prior to issue of the Inspection Report.

How Do You Accept Payment?

We accept payment by Visa, Mastercard, bank transfers and cash.

Call us now to arrange a detailed report on your home or building project.