Why Choose Us

Buy Wise has earned its reputation as the leading independent Melbourne Building Inspector and Pest Inspection Report services provider. Trusting a one person outfit can be cheaper but risky by contrast to engaging a team of professional building inspectors in a company with enviable customer service satisfaction, Google Reviews, and multi service awards as Buywise continues to achieve. Our consumer clients speak for us and Buywise are also the trusted provider for many of Australia’s leading new home builders. Get in touch today on 1800 289  947.

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OUR TEAM
PHILIP GUILDEA

Director of Buy Wise Inspections

Introducing Philip Guildea, affectionately known as Phil, the proud owner of Buy Wise Inspections. Originally hailing from Ireland, Phil embraced Australia as his home in 2011. His journey in the construction world began with an apprenticeship as a carpenter, honing his skills before paving the way for a diverse and enriching career. 

Phil contributed significantly to his father’s construction business before venturing out to establish his own successful construction company. From crafting bespoke architect-designed homes to working on some of Australia’s largest infrastructure projects, Phil’s expertise spans the entire spectrum of construction.

A qualified carpenter, registered builder and licensed pest technician. Phil’s expertise is comprehensive. He doesn’t stop there; Phil is also licensed for pool safety barrier inspections, ensuring a thorough understanding of property safety standards. Beyond his professional pursuits, Phil is known for his love of engaging conversations and a genuine passion for building inspections. His enthusiasm is driven by a sincere desire to help people, making him a valuable asset in the world of property evaluation and consultation.

Phil, stands as a well-known and respected figure in the construction and inspection industry. His extensive experience, from apprenticeship to running his own construction company and now leading Buy Wise Inspections, has earned him recognition for his expertise and commitment to excellence. Phil’s reputation is a testament to his dedication to quality work, making him a trusted professional among peers and clients alike.

Phil conducts Pre-Purchase Building and Pest inspections, Termite inspections, New Home Inspections/Quality Control, Pool Safety Barrier Inspections and Special Purpose Inspections on your home and Building Advice for alteration/addition possibilities.

CELINE VAN GALEN

Office Manager

Meet Celine, the indispensable force behind the scenes at Buy Wise Inspections. As our Office Manager, she doesn’t just run the show; she orchestrates it with finesse. Celine is a fantastic organizer, ensuring that every aspect of our operations runs seamlessly. Her commitment to customer service is unmatched, and she consistently goes above and beyond to ensure client satisfaction. With her keen attention to detail and proactive approach, Celine is a vital asset to Buy Wise Inspections, contributing significantly to our success.

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PETER HEARN

Building Inspector

Now 56 years old, Peter started in the Building Industry at the age of 18 as a Carpenter, completing his apprenticeship working on predominately new homes with multiple companies, one being his fathers’ company, as he too was a builder since 1994.

Peter became a Registered Builder Unlimited in 1996 where he built new homes, alterations and additions throughout Melbourne on a variety of modern and period homes. A majority of works performed was for Architects who worked with varying designs and eras.

Peter is qualified in carpentry, tiling, plastering, bricklaying and concreting as he was hands on as a Builder and worked with all trades building for 38 years.

Peter is passionate about the building industry and performing building and pest inspections, and believes that the home you intend to purchase hasn’t been inspected for building & pest if two inspectors have not completed it! Buy Wise will send two experienced inspectors to every inspection with around 50 years’ experience between them. Peter has completed more than 18,000 building inspections, mostly pre purchase inspections.

MARTIN O’CALLAGHAN

Pool Safety Barrier Inspector

Marty is a qualified engineer with extensive hands-on experience in the construction industry. Currently serving as a pool safety barrier inspector at Buy Wise Inspections, Marty combines his technical expertise with a passion for ensuring safety standards are met. A sports enthusiast and fitness lover, he holds a bachelor’s degree and is a registered building practitioner. Marty is dedicated to promoting pool safety and well-being in his professional and personal pursuits.

Known for his approachable nature, Marty is easy to talk to and finds fulfillment in assisting individuals with making their pool barriers compliant in a practical manner. His friendly demeanor and commitment to safety contribute to a positive and accessible experience for those seeking guidance in ensuring their pool areas meet necessary standards.

Rohan Hine
ROHAN HINE

Timber Pest Inspector

With a career spanning 20 years in the Pest Industry and completing more than 18,000 inspections, Rohan understands that experience and work ethics are fundamental ingredients to carrying out his job effectively.

Rohan’s role at Buy Wise requires the level of experience he has to understand the multitude of issues that can occur where termites are involved. Issues that cannot be discounted unless you thoroughly inspect first!

With an experienced Inspector such as Rohan, you can rest assured you will receive a quality service that will provide you with the necessary information before proceeding with your investment.

OUR ASSURANCE

In the event that a situation arises, then you can rest assured that you, our client, are well-covered at all times for both building and timber pest inspectionsClick here to download the document.

STATEMENT OF ATTAINMENT
TESTIMONIALS
Excellent
4.9
My partner and I couldn’t be happier with the service provided by Buy Wise. Phil completed two building and pest inspections for us, both very thorough and well documented.He was happy to talk on the phone if we had any questions, and explain anything that we didn’t quite understand.The small price of Phil’s service saved us from buying a property that had several major issues and would have cost us hundreds and thousands down the line. Being so impressed by his first report, we engaged him for the second.Celine was also very helpful - she was able to fit in our inspection at the last minute (within 24 hours at the request of the real estate agent). The fact that Buy Wise were able to accomodate for this was a lifesaver, and saved us the stress of potentially missing out on another property.I would highly recommend Buy Wise to anyone needing a building and pest report done. Thank you so much Phil and Celine!
Response from the owner: Hi jo,Thank you for the wonderful review. It can be so disappointing for both us and the client when we find major defects in newly renovated properties and unfortunately it is becoming more common.We are delighted to hear that you were successful with purchasing the second home. Congratulations and best of luck!Celine, Phil and the Team 🙂
These guys do a great job! Have used Phil and Celine a couple of times now and couldn’t recommend them higher
Response from the owner: Hi Rob, thank you! Good luck with fitting out your commercial property. We are glad we could help.
Celine and Phil were fantastic. Celine was able to work their diary so Phil was able to undertake a pre-purchase inspection asap. Phil was professional and thorough. He also phoned the same day he undertook the inspection and clearly explained everything he assessed and any issues found. We felt very reassured in our purchase after speaking to Phil and receiving the very detailed report. He even gave us some tips for ensuring the home remains in great condition. We highly recommend Phil and Buywise and will definitely use them again.
Response from the owner: Hi Jonathan, thank you for the kind words. It is much appreciated. We are glad we could fit you in the following day and that you were succesful the second time around. We hope you enjoy your new family house.
Responsive service and comprehensive inspection. Great to work with overall.
Response from the owner: Thank you Nathan. We hope you enjoy your new neighbourhood - we love Malvern East!
Buy Wise inspections are brilliant. Knowledgeable, punctual and great communicators.
Response from the owner: Hi Allan, thank you for the kind words. All the best.
Very efficient and thorough report
Response from the owner: Thanks for the 5 stars Riley. Congratulations on your new home.
Philip from Buy Wise provided an excellent service by way of a home and pest inspection for a house being purchased. He did so by:1) Calling me on the same day of the inspection to verbally describe any concerning issues and major defects.2) Providing a detailed written report that most notably provided a good amount of detail by way of clear to understand bullet points describing the issues and photo evidence of the issues and defects.3) The document also covers aspects such as areas of inspection that seemed to have no issues and declaring if any of the places/categories of inspection had any impediments blocking inspection. It also provided context as to how the condition of the house is in relation to other homes of the same age and type.4) Beyond the first call and report, he was also phone-contact friendly and was willing to discuss his findings in further detail and answer any questions I had.Final thoughts:With this report I was much better informed as to the state of the property. Including areas usually not inspected by a buyer such as the subfloor under the house and roof interior.I would use Buy-Wise again for reliable home and pest inspection reports.
Response from the owner: Hi Chris,Your review is just like our reports.Clear, precise, detailed and accurate.Thank you for the fantastic review and the 5stars!
Very thorough and fair inspection reports, very helpful when asked questions, would not hesitate to recommend.
Response from the owner: Thank you Wayne.Peter and Rohan are an invaluable to the team and we are glad they could assist you with a building & pest inspection.
Highly recommend the Buy Wise team! Very thorough report with a quick turnaround.
Response from the owner: Hi Nikki,We understand the saying ‘time kills deals’ and appreciate that a speedy turn around is essential.So happy we could assist you.Thank you.The Buy Wise Team!
Phil and Celine were very prompt and professional. Our inspection was the day before our auction and the report we received was very thorough. Phil also explained everything clearly without jargon and it helped us secure our property! Thank you so much for your help. Highly recommend Buy Wise Inspections.
Response from the owner: Hi Jenny,Thank you for the kind works. Céline is the such an asset and the driving force behind the scenes.Congratulations on your new home.Thanks,Phil & the team!
We had 2 days before offers were closing and so the quick delivery on the inspection was much appreciated. Also excellent customer service and technical knowledge when explaining the outcome of our report. Highly recommend!
Response from the owner: Matt thank you so much for the great review!Customer service, technical knowledge and speedy turnaround is why we love what we do.
Booked them in the morning and they were lucky enough to do the inspection same day! Second time I’ve used this mob. They were awesome both times. Received a call from them to do a verbal run though of their findings. I’m not down with the trades lingo but they were really great at explaining things in a language that anyone can understand.
Response from the owner: A building and pest inspection on the same day is quite rare for most businesses, we understand that time is of the essence and will do what it takes to help.Thank you Amanda & Hannah for your kind words.
Phil provided an extremely thorough report, and was more than happy to answer questions.
Response from the owner: Thank you Hamish. Delighted to hear you won the auction. Many congratulations.
Our building and pest report was completed by Phillip and he was incredibly thorough and incredibly easy to talk to when we had questions. He went above and beyond to help us make the right decision for our future and we appreciate his help. In this climate of purchasing homes the need for proper inspections is high and we couldn't have asked for better service. We would not hesitate to use Buy Wise again for our inspection needs
Response from the owner: Hi John,We're thrilled to hear your positive feedback. It's always our goal to exceed industry standards and provide exceptional service. Your kind words are greatly appreciated.Thank you,The Buy Wise Team!
Great service, would recommend.
Response from the owner: Hi Daniel, Your positive feedback is greatly appreciated. Thank you for choosing Buy Wise Inspections.
Timely and informative service providing confidence when making a huge purchase - new home. Professional and affordable
Response from the owner: Hi Christine,We are very much aware that time is of the essence when it comes to pre-purchase building and pest inspections. We are glad to hear that we could be of assistance. Thank you for the 5-star review.Best of luck,Celine, Phil, and the Team!
Great job by Phil and team.Report was very detailed and very helpful with my decision on purchasing the property. I recommend Buy Wise for Building and pest inspections. 👌🏼
Response from the owner: Hi Ranjit,Congratulations on your new home. Thank you for the great review. We look forward to helping you again in the future.Kind regards,Phil and the Team!
We have used Buy Wise two times now for building and pest inspections before purchasing a property. Celine at the office is exceptionally efficient and helpful. Phillip, who did the inspections, was incredibly thorough and delivered the exact information we needed to make an informed decision. Excellent service.
Response from the owner: Hi Mark,Thank you for your wonderful feedback. It makes us very happy to hear that the whole process from your perspective was efficient and thorough. We strive for excellence in building and pest inspections.Congratulations on your new home.Thanks again,The Buy Wise Team!
Buy Wise helped us to arrange an inspection with very short notice. The report was very detailed, knowledgeable, yet very easy to understand. The use of clear illustrations in the report, helped me to understand what would have seemed complicated in words. Phil was friendly, professional and unlike some other inspectors, he was willing to provide some useful advice on the findings. Celine in the office was also very friendly and helpful. Thank you to the Buy Wise team.
Response from the owner: Rosaline,Your review is exactly why we strive for excellence. Our reports do have great photos, but Phil, Peter, Rohan, and Marty are always available to answer any questions, which really helps us stand out from other building and pest inspection companies.Thanks again and best of luck!The Buy Wise team!
Response from the owner: Thank you for the great recommendation Eugene.Kind regards,The Buy Wise team!
Easy to contact/organise services.Very compatible pricing.We had Philip as our inspector.Thorough inspections and reports, and fabulous communication.Was an absolute breeze from start to finish. Thank you!
Response from the owner: Hi Amy,'an absolute breeze from start to finish'. We could not ask for a better description of our service. Thank you so much for the kind words and glad we could help.Best of luck,Phil, Celine and the Team!
3rd time customer. Pil has done a throughout inspection and detail report which give us idea how much we should offer for the property.
Response from the owner: Hi Patrick. Thank you for choosing Buy Wise to conduct your buiulding and pest inspection and thank you for the five star review.Kind regardsThe Buy Wise Inspections Team!
I used company services on three occasions and definitely recommend as a reliable inspection company. All inspections and Reports were organized in the timely matter. It is very pleasant to deal with the Buy Wise team, a team of dedicated Professionals!
Response from the owner: Hi Svetlana,Finding termite damage is always disheartening, but finding it on two separate properties is even harder. We are delighted that you found your new home! Third time's a charm!Thank you for the kind words.Best of luck!Buy Wise Inspections.
Very happy with the pre-purchase building inspection service. Good communication and delivered on time. As well as identifying major issues, the report is a useful to-do list for future maintenance.
Response from the owner: Thank you Rob.Communication is the key to our business.Best of luck!Buy Wise Inspections.
Phillip carried out B&P for 2 properties which I was interested in purchasing. I am a first time home buyer.He’s reports were thorough and he took the time to explain he’s findings in an unbiased manner.Both Celine and Phillip conducted themselves very professionally and were prompt to respond even after the service was provided.Would highly recommend their services.
Response from the owner: Hi Stefan,We are always committed to delivering the highest quality of service possible. Your feedback indicating that you would recommend our services is fantastic news for us.Thank you for the great review.Kind regards,The Buy Wise Inspections Team!
Comprehensive property inspection report by Phil. We appreciate the prompt attendance and turnaround. Strongly Recommend !
Response from the owner: Hi Noam,Thank you for the fantastic review. Our team is very much aware that time is of the essence when it comes to Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspections, especially in Melbourne.We are delighted to have been be able to assist you.Kind regards,The Buy Wise Team!
Response from the owner: Hi Abdul, thank you for your review. We wish you all the best with the purchase of your house!
The service received was professional, thorough and timely. Phil did a great job and took the time to answer questions and helped prioritise the repairs needed to our home. I have no hesitation recommending Buy Wise Inspections.
Response from the owner: Hi Colin, thank your for your kind words and all the best with the repairs on your home. We are so pleased we didn't find any major defects.
From the point of a first time home buyer I can’t recommend this business enough. From the first point of contact through to completion of the inspection and all the follow up questions I had afterwards the customer service and works completed was second to none. Thank-you Phil and Celine.
Response from the owner: Hi Lindsay, we are very glad we could assist you with purchasing your first home in Langwarrin. Buying your first house is a big deal! Thank you for choosing Buy Wise Inspections.
Had a great experience with both Phil and Celine, They were great to deal with throughout the whole process, Report was detailed and left me with no hesitations, This really made the process of buying our home so much easier, I cannot recommend Buywise enough!
Response from the owner: Thank you Emmett. We wish you all the best and enjoyment in your new home. You will love it in Mentone!
Professional, efficient and thorough!
Response from the owner: Thank you Ciara. Delighted we could help. Congratulations on your new home.
Big thank you to Phil for the building and pest inspection. We really appreciate the fast turn around and the insights provided to ensure we feel comfortable with the biggest purchase we're likely ever going to make. Celine in the office was great as well - thank you team 🙂
Response from the owner: A big thank you to you too for the 5 stars Nicole! Buying a house is a big decision, A key part of the building inspection process is clearly explaining what needs to be done. We are so happy that we could help with this! Enjoy your new home!
This is a referral from my niece, who previously used Buy Wise and already referred few families and friends as well .Service from BuyWise is outstanding, I didn't expected to be called back form a miss call with no message left.Not only Celine called but explained how inspection.works.Online booking was fast and easy too. To my amazement, inspection was carried out the next day.Celine and the inspector, Phillip have made everything nice and easy. Phil is very knowledgeable and not afraid of sharing his professional opinions.He went above and beyond and gave me estimate of potential jobs may costs and referred me to relevant tradies. This has really settled my mind.Thanking you so so so much!Really appreciate you and your services🥰
Response from the owner: Jodie! Thank you so much. This review has left us speechless (rare for an Irishman) if we could give this review 5 stars! We would! ☺️
Phil was very thorough and prompt with his communication. Highly recommend!
Response from the owner: Thank you Ashleigh. When termite damage is located, Communication is key!
Phillip was extremely helpful - we needed a combined building and pest inspection in early January (organised over the Christmas/New Year break). The office kept us completely informed throughout when the date changed, and the office manager Celine emailed us after hours to keep us across the changes. Phillip took us through the report on the phone and even phoned back my partner to go through the finer details. The report was extremely comprehensive. Would definitely recommend.
Response from the owner: Hi Amy,Thank you for the fantastic review. We are delighted we could help over the Christmas break to get the deal done. Best of luck in your new home!Kind regards,The Buy Wise Team!
Phil from Buy Wise has been incredibly helpful and has made the complicated process of buying a house a lot easier. He has not only been thorough and painstaking in conducting the inspection, but has also helped us find other services that are required. I would highly recommend Phil and Buy Wise for anyone who need building inspections.
Response from the owner: Thank you Anjan, I hope the other trades were helpful with your repairs.
From the booking experience with Celine through to the report written by Phil I found the team at Buy Wise inspections professional yet authentic and fun. Phil was a builder for many years so I knew I could trust him which was reassuring. Highly recommend, Phil was right on every point and the report was easy to read.
Response from the owner: Hi Bec. We are delighted that we could help you with your new apartment in St. Kilda. Enjoy the renovations.
We had such a great experience with Buywise inspections so I will highly suggest them for your home inspections. Philip was very professional and helpful with his suggestions. They provided the report in less than 24hrs and linked us with required specialist. We were also in contact with Celine who was so kind and caring in all her emails. Thanks for this amazing service
Response from the owner: Thank you for the recommendation and kind words Luis.
Next day building and pest which I did not expect but happy about. extremely thorough and professional report with an abundance of photos and detailed reports on everything. Highly recommended and will use again for sure
Response from the owner: Hi Jared, thanks for your 5-star review.Glade we were to your satisfaction & you were able to make a confident decision on the property.All the best, Buy Wise Team
Peter did an excellent job from start to finish. He explained the process well and also willing to answer your questions (not many out there).The quality of his work is reflected in the report.100% will go back again if I need another report in the future
Response from the owner: Hi Sunny, thanks for your 5-star review.Glad the inspection & reporting was to your satisfaction & you were able to make a well-informed decision.All the best, Buy Wise Team
Peter and Rohan were meticulous undertaking both the Building and Pest Reports. They thoroughly inspected the exterior and interior of the house for nearly two hours, examining the roof, footings and stumps, wall structure and potential dampness in every room. Their reports were comprehensive and detailed with many accompanying photos. They even identified when previous problems had been rectified.It was clear that both tradesmen had vast building knowledge and experience. They were also very helpful by advising areas that needed maintenance and the recommended time frame. Their advice was invaluable. I have every confidence in recommending Peter and Rohan to anyone requiring an honest, professional and thorough building inspection. Both were respectful, punctual and enjoyable to liaise with.
Response from the owner: Thankyou for your kind words Anne, & your very welcome.We do pride ourselves in giving the best service possible so you can be well informed on the property & no hidden surprises. Looks like Rohan & I ticked all the boxes so very happy about that :)All the best, Buy Wise Team
Had a pre-purchase building and pest inspection done with BuyWise. I got a quote from Peter on Friday and he was able to arrange an inspection on Monday with the agent. Super quick and good quality of documentation and photos.Some issues were identified in the report and while nothing overly major to note, it was good for my partner and I to have an idea of things to keep an eye on and what fixes may be required.Thanks Peter!
Response from the owner: Hi SamanthaAppreciate your 5-star review much appreciated.All the best, Buy Wise Team
This team came the next day. They gave me all the information I needed to avoid accidently buying a townhouse full of damp. Thanks guys. I'll absolutely use you again.
Response from the owner: Thanks Karen, we like to get inspections done as soon as possible so you have more time reading through our reports to make a confident decision as we never know what we are going to come across.Thanks again, Buy Wise Team
Peter completed my building and pest inspection the next day after booking upon my request which I really appreciated. He was very busy and rearranged his schedule to accommodate me.
Response from the owner: Hi Bella, thanks for your 5 Star review.Happy to have helped in such a short deadline & the outcome of the inspection helped you move forward regarding the purchase.All the best, Buy Wise team.
Highly recommend BuyWise Inspections! We chose BuyWise after a recommendation from someone who was wrapped with their service and they didn't disappoint! We were confident in making an offer on a property after receiving the detailed Building & Pest Inspection Report and having a chat with Peter, who was very thorough and had an exceptional response time. We were also thrilled when the agent told us he didn't give much away during the inspection! Thank you for giving us the confidence to make an informed choice! Will be recommending you to others!
Response from the owner: Hi Andrea, thank you very much for your 5 star review.We are glad you were able to make a confident decision regarding the property & you were pleased with our services.We do get asked all the time by agents how the inspections went, we work for you the purchaser not the agent/vendor.All the best in your new home & thanks again.Buy Wise team.
Great service and prompt response time! 2nd time using these guys and will return again.
Response from the owner: Thanks for your 5 Star review Luke.We are glad our service has been to your satisfaction & you are returning to us for advice on future properties.Regards, Buy Wise Team
Used buywise inspections for a house that my partner and I had put an offer on. Best money ever spent as due to what was found in the report my parent and I decided to withdraw our offer as there was going to be too much work and $$ to get the place up to liveable standard. The reports were very well photographed and very detailed.
Response from the owner: Thanks for your 5 star review Darkrad.Appreciate your comments & hope you find a better place next time with minimal to spend.Regards, Buy Wise Team
Have used Peter and his team a few times in the last 10 years on a number of properties, including our own currently family home and am more than happy to recommend their services.Their inspections and reports are thorough and clear and provide the necessary information to inform you of your purchase and would happily use them for every purchase I make in the future.
Response from the owner: Thanks for your comments Brad, much appreciated.All the bestBuy Wise Team
Peter and team turned around a building and pest inspection very professionally and thoroughly within a tight deadline. I would highly recommend them.
Response from the owner: Thanks Sarah, happy to have helped in such a tight timeline.All the best, Buy Wise Team
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