Buying an existing home

Search for insurance on existing home

If you’re about to buy a new home, you can check to see if it has cover under the Queensland Home Warranty Insurance Scheme. It lasts for 6 years and 6 months from when the premium is paid, though it can be extended if the construction was over 6 months. It may help you with any defects that develop after you move in.

While your solicitor will generally organise all the relevant searches on the property when you're buying a home, you can also place a search request with us yourself.

Apart from houses, other buildings that fall under the insurance scheme are duplexes, townhouses and low rise units (up to 3 storeys above a carpark).

Submit a search request

Before you submit a search request, you must have:

  • current and previous property descriptions
  • a copy of the registered plan, or
  • a copy of the building unit plan/survey plan/group title plan (only for unit developments 3 storeys or under), and
  • $45.75 for each search request.

If you don’t have a property plan, contact the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy.

There are two ways to submit a search request.

Online

  • Register with myQBCC
  • Complete the Insurance Search Request form online
  • Attach your supporting documents
  • Pay the fee of $44.20 using our secure payment gateway using Visa or MasterCard only

Post or in person

  • Fill in the Insurance Search form (PDF)
  • Attach your supporting documents
  • Choose your payment method – cheque, credit card, money order OR if in person, cash.
  • Post to Queensland Building and Construction Commission GPO Box 5099 Brisbane QLD 4001 or drop into your nearest QBCC office.

You will receive your search through the post.

Note: if the property was completed more than 6 years ago, there is a good chance the Home Warranty Insurance policy will have expired and your search results will not display the details of the builder who performed the work. If you are specifically wishing to identify the builder of the property , please consider lodging an application with RTI or contact our RTI area on (07) 3613 3143.