Frame Inspection

This inspection can be done in two different periods of time. One choice can be to do the inspection shortly after the building surveyor has completed his mandatory frame inspection. At this time you independent survey will be about inspecting the structural integrity of the building. There you can find missing bracing elements, wrong sizes of rooms, low quality of timber frame installation, bad truss installation, water pooling on concrete slab, etc. Here you can see the quality of timber used and standard of supervision. If few of you walls are out of plumb by 15-20mm. you have a case of inadequate Site supervision. Then you will need to get more involved in your house project and start checking more often. The negative about this timing is that usually frame walls will not be straightened yet and no noggins will be done.

Another time when you can do frame Inspection is few days or weeks after mandatory inspection – as soon as the frame has been finally straightened and done with noggins for all plumbing, plastering, hand rails, etc. The negative about this timing is that the external walls will be covered with insulation paper and wall bracing will not be visible.

Frame Inspection will first check if the previous inspector has missed something of the important structural requirement like stumps, termite protection, spans, bracing, roof load transfer, still works, plates, studs, trusses, trusses hardware etc.

Has the site been drained properly, to prevent flooding of the foundation?

Frame inspection is the most complex and detailed stage inspection, and this is the one where both builders and inspectors miss important defects. Inspectors who do those on behalf of the Building Surveyors are usually under pressure to complete one of those inspections in 10-20min. They are not responsible for checking quality of workmanship and they do not check for how well the walls are plumbed, how straight they are, are there noggins where you will need them at further stages, what is the quality of materials, is the slab level or is it creating paddles, has the timber been exposed to the weather and is it sitting in a pool of water, etc.

To have well closing doors, straight walls, square corners, well fixed cupboards and hardware will depend on how well the job is done at framing stage. It is extremely costly and most builders will refuse to rectify framing problems with straightness and plumb. Those issues have to be sorted at that stage.

You can also recognize quite well at this stage how good the builder is and what is his understanding of quality.

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Customer Testimonials

Ilian Selensky, Northcote Ilian Selensky, Northcote:

"We appointed Jack to inspect a townhouse we bought off the plan in Ivanhoe. Prior to that I spend days trying to do defect list myself and save some money. When I realized how many defects there are in my opinion I figured out that I might need some professional to show me what actually is considered defect and what not. What I was truly surprised by, after reading Jack’s report, was that after all that time spend I have only managed to see small surface defects and I have completely missed serious hazardous for the building defects. His report was professionally presented, very well structured and every one of the 73 pictures identifying a defect was addressed to relevant building rule. We end up pulling out of this contract when we realized how badly built this place was and how many potentially expensive faults there were.

We highly recommend Jack if you need experienced building professional for your building inspection"


Mary and James Monaco, Oakleigh Mary and James Monaco, Oakleigh:

We used Building inspections Melbourne at the end of June for pre-purchase inspection for our new house. It was stress-free and pleasant experience from the first phone call to the follow up conversation after the report. The report was send to us the next morning and was easy to understand with a lot of pictures.Thank you guys, great service.


Suzan and Jake Suzan and Jake :

Hi Jack, Just quick thanks for your fantastic work with our stage inspections. It was a great help to have you on our site in the last 5 months. The builder didn’t argue any of the final defects you had in your reports and we are extremely happy with the end result. We are moving in next weekend and we are excited about it.


137B Inspection, Abbotsford 137B Inspection, Abbotsford:

" We are very happy with the services provided by T Cover. Jack is very understandable, professional and extremely helpful. When I phoned Jack, explained my urgent situation, he immediately understood.  Although he was very busy, he gave us an appointment for next day, he also sent us an example report. Jack is very punctual, he came next day as promised and completed his inspections professionally. It was amazing after few hours we received the defects report and our biggest concern has been sorted. We really appreciated and thank him for his efforts in helping us having the report quickly that help us to sort out lots our other related works. We would not hesitate to recommend Jack to anybody and we definitely will call him again if we need inspection in the future.  Thank you very much Jack.  Kind regards, Dave & Lil , Abbotsford- 8.10.15"

Frame Inspection, Alphington Frame Inspection, Alphington:

"We were impressed with Jack's advice and thoroughness; he advised on and picked up a number of important matters which kept our builder focused and gave us peace of mind. To use Jack is not a negative gesture to the builder; we cannot possibly determine defects and omissions ourselves. The old saying is that a person who represents him/herself has a fool for a client; when building a house one should  be represented in inspections and obtain an independent view which can be used to work with one's builder -  it is money well spent; instruct an inspector like Jack - Peter & Anett, Alphington. 20 Sep 2015."