37 years of experience

Ian Donaldson has thirty-seven years of experience in the Building and Timber Industries.

Having been a Registered Building Practitioner since 1989 and, with the experience of managing over three hundred of his own Residential and Commercial construction projects (as the primary builder), he knows what to look for – and he expects the highest quality of standards.  Ian established All Purpose Property Inspections, in 2010.

Ian can view your New Home, Rental Property, Pre-Purchase and/or Specific Issues with a constructive but critical eye, and complete the process with specific reports that tell you what you need to know.  He also has significant VCAT experience, and the accreditation to be an expert witness.


  • HIA Platinum Member since 1989
  • Registered Building Practitioner (Unlimited) 1989-2013
  • Professional Indemnity and Public Liability Insurance assured
  • HIA Courses completed in both Supervision and Legal Standards
  • VCAT Recognised as a qualified, reporting expert in the Building Industry.

Beware! It is not compulsory for Property Inspectors to hold insurance for Public Liability, or Professional Indemnity.  As part of his commitment to premium quality and service, Ian retains both for your protection.

Terms & Conditions

Ian Donaldson will complete a Comprehensive Inspection Report of your property and shall, in most cases, provide his inspection services within two working days, and will communicate with you on the day (post-inspection), prior to the easy-to-read written report being tabled shortly after.

Prices for Property Inspections are supplied at a Fixed Rate.  Ian will Cover all the Bases, in a Timely and Responsive manner.  You’ll Get all the Facts, an Impartial Report, and Peace of Mind – with No Surprises.


All Purpose Property Inspections provide personalised and friendly service.  We’ll travel anywhere in Metropolitan Melbourne and Regional Victoria, to get the job done to your complete satisfaction.



“Ian is a passionate and conscientious Property Inspector whose previous experience as a Registered Builder adds enormous value to what he can offer my clients, prior to a property purchase, and/or during the construction of a new home.  He is attuned to what is demonstrably right and wrong with each property, rather than just being a trained theorist who has undergone a university inspection course.  Ian is very customer satisfaction focused, but goes to a whole extra level, by ensuring that he is respectful (for example removing his shoes indoors), by being personable and friendly whilst not wasting time in getting the job done, by humbly and courteously answering even the simplest of questions, and by being of a suitable physique, he is able to physically move around in small spaces (underfloor and in the roof – wherever possible).  Ian sees each client interaction as more than just a business transaction.  Every one of my clients, who has been referred to APPI, has come away feeling very clear and more comfortable about proceeding with a property purchase as an investment property, and where there have been any major concerns, his reporting and professionalism has protected and aided those (when necessary) to get out of unwise contracts due to issues he has uncovered.

All Purpose Property Inspections always use their strong communication skills both during and after the inspections, and, in my eyes, the service rendered is always second-to-none, and great value for money.”   

Andrew Crossley, Australian Property Advisory Group (2017)