Don’t Go To Auction & Buy A Lemon.

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Median house prices in Melbourne have increased by a massive 17.9 % over the year to March. Now that would be-home owners are paying more than ever, it’s important that you bid on the right house and not end up with an expensive lemon

When it comes to the business of selling houses, it’s wise to be wary. Of course it should be noted that some real estate agents conduct themselves professionally, however, there are many exceptions to the rule. Make sure you inspect before you bid with Building Masters Inspections!

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Real Estate is crazy right now in dear old once-upon-a-time sleepy Victoria

People are going nuts. It’s like we are going to run out of property, or maybe a house will be so expensive in the next few days, you will never again be able to afford it, ever again! So hurry up, buy anything. Bid, Bid, Bid – the price doesn’t matter, just buy something. Get on the tram before it’s too late. Go nuts, be hysterical . . .

Or actually, is there an alternative?

This is my Simple 2-Step Method to Succeeding at Any Auction:

  1. Stay Calm
  2. Be Methodical

The first thing to do if you are to fit the Calm and Methodical profile, is hire a competent and Qualified Building Inspector. That way you will have the following advantages over your hysterical competitors:

  • You will limit the number of houses you decide to bid on – by eliminating the lemons;
  • You will have a good idea of the cost of any repairs required, so you can factor that into your bidding — rather than finding out later;
  • You will be able to bid on the right property with the knowledge of its condition and bid with far more confidence  enabling you to outbid the nut cases you are up against at the auction.

In addition to all that, a useful Building Inspector, like the tough, experienced old retired builders at Building Masters Inspections, can help you with how to make a compelling Pre-Auction Offer and/or with really clever bidding tactics, so you can improve your chances on the day.

Take a look at our Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Services for more information about what we can do for you

Dear Prospective Property Buyers,

Please Don’t go to Auction and Buy a Lemon
As senior Building Inspectors we know what is going on in the real estate market at present. We want to inform you, so here are the facts . . .

  • Property prices are at an all-time record high.
  • Loan interest is at an all-time record low.
  • Vendors are rushing their properties to market, believing this is a time to achieve a massive price.
  • Real estate agents are capitalising on this environment by selling the majority of properties at Auction, rather than Private Sale.

Here are the agents cunning Auction reasons:

  • To capitalise on buyers desperation to enter the market before, as many buyers are encouraged to think, it goes even higher;
  • To create a “selling frenzy” atmosphere – putting a fire under normally sensible people to bid to the top of their budget, or sometimes even more!
  • To try and stop buyers from employing Building Inspectors, by giving the buyer the feeling they may be somehow wasting their money;
  • The agent will say “just get into the market, hurry up, bid bid, come on, don’t worry about the facts, just buy a property.”

If you are drawn into this scenario, please be careful. The temptation is great, but so is the risk.

Experienced and responsible Building Inspectors are telling our clients “please don’t go to Auction and buy a Lemon.”

Please keep a level head and find out exactly what it is you are bidding on, before it’s too late and the auctioneers hammer has fallen.

Because we appreciate you may not win each time you bid on a property, we are offering our Clients a fee reduction on each inspection report – for the first three reports.

So please keep calm, keep a level head and employ a Senior Inspector from Building Masters before you raise your hand in the crowd.

Mike, Rod and Martyn, Senior Building Inspectors

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Why choose Building Masters?


We have helped many people avoid buying a ‘tricked up’ property with hidden defects. We often also help buyers get a significant price reduction.


So you won’t miss out on your dream home. Call us any time, even just for a property chat. We are here to help.


Face to face with a senior inspector outside the property or in a nearby cafe, with the opportunity to ask the inspector questions which matter most to you.

We will beat any price of another qualified building inspector for a similar service

Our report fees range from $500 depending on the type of report required and the type of property being inspected. Our reports are unlike the common report template used by the building inspection industry. We include important extra information such as Structural Condition Checking, Checking of Plumbing, Drainage, Sewer, Electrical Safety, Asbestos, Repair Costing and a Pest Inspection.

Just forward us your best quote and if it matches our level of service we will beat it, guaranteed! 


Building inspections that give you peace of mind before you buy and a powerful negotiating tool, even after making an offer:

  • Identify the faults and show you each one in person.

  • Describe it in simple terms and provide advice about the building fault’s relevance.

  • Identify the likely cost of repair and the actual urgency or otherwise of the issue.

  • What are the current Structural, Pest or roofing issues.


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We Inspect Across All of Melbourne & Geelong

  • Melbourne CBD

  • Inner Suburbs

  • Eastern Suburbs

  • Northern Suburbs

  • Southern Suburbs

  • Western Suburbs

  • Mornington Peninsula & Geelong


We were able to reduce the price of purchase of our first home by $29,000, because of your detailed and favourable report!

Priscilla & Michael

Mike is incredibly professional and thorough. He saved us from purchasing a house that required hundreds of thousands of dollars in repairs (but was actually more suitable for demolition!!). It would have been a financial and emotional disaster had we pursued the purchase. A building inspection with Mike is worth it’s weight in gold. We appreciated Mike’s confidentiality when the real estate agent and owner enquired about the report findings at the time of inspection. Could not recommend more highly.


Mike was very thorough with his inspection and helped us identify some problem areas with a property we wanted to purchase. This has allowed us to put an offer forward with all of the information we need to hopefully secure a lower price. Very happy with the service, would recommend.


Building Master Inspections were thorough and professional. Their report was detailed and explained in a manner that I could understand. Their report stopped me making a really bad decision and I am eternally thankful. Reader, get on to these guys. Recommended.


Thanks for all your help – armed with your report, I was able to get a $10,000 deduct. A true service, including a professional advise and a comprehensive inspection report, which allows for a detailed discussion with the vendor, when re-negotiating a final price for the property.


Awesome, simply awesome in every way. Thank you Mike and Rod, it’s the best money I’ve ever spent as you have saved me from purchasing a nightmare that would have cost me hundreds of thousands to fix.
Highly recommend Building Masters Inspections !


Fantastic customer service matched with honesty and industry experience. These are very rare qualities in todays market. I have had very negative experiences of the building trade; great to see there are some people left who know what the are doing!


Very happy with Mike as he was thorough in his inspection and then spent an hour going through his many findings with us and next day provided a written report, all of which enabled us to avoid a lovely looking property with many hidden defects. The time Mike spent with us will also enable us to spot more problems in future but I still expect to call on his expertise again very soon.


Building Masters Vs. The Rest

More Than Just a Building Inspector

You will be invited to accompany your Building Masters expert, Independent Building Inspector on a tour of the building and property. He will carry out a detailed inspection of the home and put you clearly in the picture the whole way.

  • The Inspector will identify the building faults and describe each one to you in person

  • Description will be in simple terms and advice will be provided about the building fault’s relevance

  • Identify the likely cost of repair and the actual urgency or otherwise of the issue

  • Highlight the current Structural, Pest, Roofing and other important issues

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Comprehensive Building Reports

What’s included in our reports?

  • Identification of major hazards such as structural issues or suspected asbestos

  • Identification of  defects, such as expected property maintenance and future repairs

  • Overview on the presence of termites or timber pests

  • Identification of  defects, such as expected property maintenance and future repairs

  • A review of any present conditions that may attract or assist termite or timber pest infestation

Exceptional reports require exceptional inspectors:

Knowing a building’s true condition can be hard for the inexperienced person these days.  A little crack filler, some fresh paint and a tidy garden present well for a house inspection but can hide serious problems beneath the surface of the property.

Your best advice is to get a full pre-purchase building inspection report and ensure you know the true condition of the property you are about to buy in Melbourne.

Inspections With a Difference

Customer Satisfaction is Our Highest Priority

Our job is to give you peace of mind

We want to make sure that you leave Building Masters armed with everything you need to make the best decisions moving forward, and it’s our goal to provide you with all the knowledge you need.

  • No jargon

  • No confusion

  • No nonesene

  • Just the facts

  • Plain & simple reporting

  • Expert advice

What Sets us Apart From the Rest?

Each inspection report can come with full Repair & Cost Guidance if required which includes:

  • On-the-spot feedback, face to face with an experienced and knowledgeable professional independent building inspector in our mobile office
  • Unbiased access to a veteran builder’s knowledge and experience
  • The opportunity to ask the questions which matter most to you
  • Get great support and strategy suggestions for your price negotiating or even re-negotiating following the discovery of unexpected defects

The Building Masters Process

What is a Building Master?

We are a qualified team of senior and registered ex-builder/renovators and we have seen it all

We know the big defects and the little ones. The properties that appear well presented but may be simply heavily disguised for selling purposes and the ones that will stand up to a renovation and the ones that won’t. We know which properties are a disaster and which are entirely fixable.

A Professional Eye

Nothing escapes our eye for detail, which is why we provide you with a termite and asbestos inspection plus we will include an estimated cost of repairs (conditions apply).

Time is of the Essence

We can inspect and report within 24 hours. So, you don’t have to wait for days to know if you should make an offer or bid at auction.

Invitation to Join Us at the Inspection

We provide private de-briefing in a local café or occasionally in our comfortable mobile office outside the property.

This service is designed to give you a better understanding of the building condition, its future costs and to empower your negotiating position, which can often result in a significant reduction in the purchase price and/or give you an advantage in an auction situation.

Property Inspection

You’ll be given a full report written in plain language covering all elements of a thorough building inspection including:

  • Building structural investigation

  • Hidden defect exposure

  • Overall condition of the property inc. Plumbing, Sewer, Drains

  • Electrical Safety

  • Asbestos status

  • Photos and a clear description of each defect

  • Defect repair cost – immediate and long term

  • Pest Inspection for Termites and Timber Borer

Verbal De-Brief on the Same Day

Following completion of the defect identification routine, our inspectors will welcome your attendance at the property, or in a nearby cafe, for a verbal de-brief of their findings. This will not only give you a speedy result but enable your viewing of the defect photos and the opportunity to ask questions most important to you.

Here’s how it works:

  • We prepare our standard Full-Service Defect Report & Repair Costing

  • You withdraw your offer & appoint us to negotiate on your behalf

  • Using our report & property repair costs as a negotiating tool, we contact the agent seeking a reduction in your property purchase price

  • When we are successful, you sign a revised contract at a lower price

Our reward is 10% of the sum we save you – this can be paid on re-signing the contract or if required, paid for from loan funds at settlement by your conveyancer – leaving you in no pain and financially way ahead.

Regarding the Building Inspection industry – a word of advice:

We suggest you take care to avoid employing a building inspector who may have affiliations with real estate agents or other property service providers, such as conveyancers. This is an all too common and unethical feature of the Building Inspection industry and can mean there is a strong possibility of collusion between these parties. The result can be your receipt of an incomplete or “soft” Building Defect Report.

It is unfortunate that some inspection companies, including larger groups, focus their attention on service providers including real estate agents, in order to receive referral introductions to property buyers. This situation can lead to an obvious compromise by inspectors involved in these relationships and pressure to “soften” their reports, sometimes withholding vital information in order to maintain the relationship for on-going referrals. In turn this can result in you receiving a report which does not provide you with an accurate picture of the property – meaning you may not be made aware of serious defects until it is too late.

Building Masters Inspections act independently of real estate agents and all other property service providers. We adhere to a strict Privacy Policy, providing our findings about the property condition only to you and by acting with honesty and integrity, we focus solely on placing your interests at the forefront.