Our 4 W Method for Inspections

It’s widely agreed that building inspections prior to purchase are vital in establishing the condition of a house. This way any issues regarding the property can be included in a house defects report, that allows the buyer to understand any risks or extra costs that might be involved in buying the property. This has become pretty standard and most people who buy a house or apartment get a pre purchase property report before committing to a purchase.

However, quite often the simple identification of a defect alone is not enough. At Melbourne House Check we follow a method of reporting called the four W’s. By following the four W method, we articulate each and every building defect to our client by not only identifying the defect, but also explaining why it is a defect and the consequences of the defect if it is not attended to. We outline what the defect is, where the defect is located in the house, why it is considered a defect in the first place and exactly what should be done to rectify the defect.


Our four W method:

  1. What is the defect?
  2. Where is the defect located?
  3. Why it is a defect.
  4. What should you do about it?

Thorough reporting of each and every defect is vital after a building inspection. If you have been presented with the four W’s on a house you are considering you will be best equipped to make an informed decision. Melbourne House Check conduct really thorough building inspections Melbourne wide. To speak with us, simply make contact with us through our website form or call us on 1300 729 352.

2 replies
  1. Paul
    Paul says:

    I agree, good reporting. I recently had an inspection and was very happy with the report. Paul.

  2. Paul
    Paul says:

    Hi Paul,

    Yes, the four W method of reporting is really thorough. I’m glad you were happy.

    Regards, Brad / Melb. House Check

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