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About Us

About Home Inspections

Inspect it FIRST It is a dedicated home inspection business wholly owned by Alpha Building Services Pty Ltd. The Company was incorporated in 2003 by Dale Kennedy as general manager. Dale’s an active advocate for understanding property, building conditions and how it impacts sellers, buyers and agents.

Inspect It FIRST takes pride in being able to offer same day or next-day pre-purchase building and pest home inspection. Inspect It FIRST – your local pre-purchase inspectors can deliver the final inspection report for your home within 2 hours of completing the inspection.

Dale is a builder, having completed his carpenter and joiner apprenticeship in 1979, working for AVJennings, HF Yunkin, Boral and Gunns Timber. His studies include Workplace Law and Accounting. Dale has been the Australian Society of Building Consultants president from 2013-2015, 2017-2019 and is also the organiser of 3D Users Australia and New Zealand, a group of inspectors who use electronic systems to deliver inspection reports. Under the 3D Users Australia and New Zealand brand Dale provides inspector training and is the distributor of the 3D Inspection System, one of the world's leading inspection reporting software companies.

Make a wise buying decision...

One of the smartest decisions a person can make when purchasing or leasing a property is to inspect it FIRST. Property inspections are designed to be thorough, looking deep underneath the surface to discover faults and hidden problems that could cost you a fortune later. With a thorough inspection comes a detailed report on maintenance, defects, and timber pest issues. What are you willing to live with and which of them are dealbreakers? A smart decision made with clear and accurate information prevents unpleasant surprises in the future.

Why home inspections are
important when buying a home?


Helps Determine Whether the House is Structurally Stable

The last thing you want is for your new house to start to sink or show signs of cracks just as you move in. Many houses that aren’t stable can eventually collapse as well. Having the property inspected before signing the deal can help you in a lot of ways, and lets you know whether the property is safe to live in. This is why it is crucial to understand if the structure is stable or not, as repairing the entire house could cost you a fortune.


Calculate the Cost of Major Repairs

A house with few problems may not seem like a big deal at first. However, additional issues can become bigger problems that you can’t foresee. At times, these minor issues may seem like a simple fix but it doesn’t take long for them to turn into something more complex, and suddenly you need to deal with expensive repairs to a property you just bought.

You can get a good idea of the work, and cost, you are taking on by calculating the price of all hidden problems. A professional house inspection will give you a clear idea of what needs to be altered to be in line with Australian Standards.


Identify Safety Issues

Many buyers purchase houses when they are starting a family, and safety should be the main priority before purchasing. An inspection can help you identify any major safety concerns that might exist. It will also reveal whether any issues like mould, mildew, cracks or asbestos and any other dangers are present. This makes it easier for you to decide what needs to be changed to make the house safe to live in.


Note Fire Hazards

Fire can be a real threat to any property, causing extensive damage to the house as well as harm to people if left unchecked. With electrical problems one of the most common reasons for fire breakouts in homes, a building inspection can reveal issues with electrical installations and fixtures before they become a danger. Problems such as poor wiring, old electrical circuits etc. can pose a fire risk. While all of these are fixable, it’s important to know what requires fixing. This is one of the things a building inspection will reveal.



“Thanks for this excellent report. I’m really impressed by the quality and rapid turn-around time.!”

Louise and Ian

“Thank you. I attended the inspection, and Craig was very polite and helpful. We would definitely recommend you to others.”

David Ryan

“The inspector Tony was on time and polite. Tony spoke well and was most helpful with myself and the purchaser on site. I look forward to dealing with you in the future.”

    Frequently Asked Questions

    #1 Structural problems

    Movement of footings or the foundation slab can result in structural cracking. This is quite a severe problem on account of the costs and challenges involved with fixing it.

    #2 Water or drainage problems

    When it comes to owning and maintaining a home, water is one of the biggest enemies. The most common problems that surface on properties are caused by inadequate home maintenance and they include water staining, fungal decay, rot and standing water.

    #3 Termite activity

    Even when there aren’t any active termites found on a property, most houses that are inspected have conditions that encourage termite or wood borer activity. Because of the humid, coastal climate and the love that people have for using wooden features in their home building projects, almost all homes are prone to timber pest and termite attack.

    #4 Roofing structure problems

    Water damage to the ceilings in a home, or a noticeably sagging roofline, are generally a sign of severe roof problems. Since replacing a roof is an extremely expensive proposition, it’s crucial to hire the services of an experienced building inspector to inspect the roof and ceiling void.