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137B Owner Builder Defect Inspection Report

Our inspections are conducted throughout all Australian capital cities including greater Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart Perth and Brisbane. Different building type such as house, villa, townhouse, unit, apartment building inspection are conducted by our experienced trade qualified building inspectors and surveyors.

What's a 137B Owner Builder Defect Inspection Report?

 

 

The Building Act 1993 Section 137B refers to building works that have been carried out by an Owner Builder and the owner then wants to sell the home within 6.6 years of the works being completed.

Under the Act, an owner builder who carries out building works on their property and then decides to sell the property within 6 years and 6 months of the works being completed must obtain a 137B Defects Inspection Report. (Commonly known as Section 137B Report)5

This report is a description of the building works the owner builder had built. It could be any building work not limited to but including, carports, decks, garages, extension or entire homes. The report describes any defects including incomplete works, deterioration, footings issues, framing issues, roof defects etc.

The Section 137B inspection report gets attached to the Section 32 Contract of Sale for potential buyers to see. If the value of the building work is more than $16,000, then building insurance must be obtained by the owner builder and a certificate of currency given to the buyer pre-contract. The insurance must cover structural defects for 6 years and non-structural defects for 2 years.

An owner builder is defined as someone who “constructs or renovates a domestic building on his or her own land, and who is not in the business of building”. Genuine owner builders do not intend to sell or rent the property immediately and must reside or intend to reside in the dwelling upon completion of the works. The Owner Builder must also be the owner of the property or the title holder.

A Section 137 B Inspection Report is required only if you sell the home within 6 years and 6 months of the works being completed. If you sell the home after 6 years and 6 months of the building works being completed, you don’t require one. The value of the works does not matter. The value of the works only matters in relation to warranty insurance. If the value of the works is over $16,000, the owner builder must get warranty insurance.

Only Registered Building Inspectors, Surveyors, ,  Architects, Structural Engineers are legally authorised to carry out such inspection. Pls note that registered builders are not authorised to do such inspection under the The Building Act 1993.

Lead Inspector

Mac Beshai

Sample Inspection Report

Ann Wang
Ann Wang
23/05/2021
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Our NBI inspector took his time to do a thorough inspection and answer all our questions afterwards. It was great value for prospective buyer like us. Have to give them 5 stars.
Lily Chammile
Lily Chammile
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We used NBI after a friend recommended them to us for our pre-sale inspection of the property and they have been fantastic. Their website was easy to use and all the information you need was laid out clearly. No hidden costs whatsoever. The inspector completed their inspection and the report came out the same day.
Davinder R
Davinder R
21/02/2021
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I had a new house stage inspections done through national building inspections and it was a great experience. They did detailed reports with photos and all the defects were masking taped so it was easy to identify and reinspect after rectification. Really professional and I would recommend them to anyone that wants a unbiased inspection report during construction.
Marco Gracie
Marco Gracie
05/12/2009
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Good service at the right price. he was very detailed and save us from buying a lemon. I would highly recommend.
Cindy Park
Cindy Park
17/8/2018
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Mac did such an outstanding job with the entire inspection. He scheduled with my agent from start to finish and come up with a detailed report. I am very happy with his work.
Dona Williams
Dona Williams
06/23/2015
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Allan is prompt, professional and he communicates well with us. He explains his findings with figures and facts that enabled us to make an informed decision.
Rand Pugh
Rand Pugh
11/12/2018
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Their followup is fantastic!
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