Visual Building Inspection Report
Terms & Conditions
This agreement relates to a visual inspection only and satisfies the requirements of, but may exceed, Australian Standards AS 4349.0 & AS 4349.1. Any person who relies upon the contents of this report does so acknowledging the following clauses define the scope and limitations of the inspection, and form an integral part of the report.
1. PURPOSE OF INSPECTION
1.1 The purpose of this inspection is limited to assessing the general condition of the building (or a specific item requested by the client) and attempt to identify major defects which were apparent at the time of the inspection and then report to the client as to the observations made during the inspection.
2.1 This report is NOT intended to stringently scrutinize every aspect of the building but is a reasonable attempt to identify any obvious or major defects (namely obvious or major defects of sufficient magnitude where rectification has to be carried out in order to avoid unsafe conditions, loss of utility or further deterioration of the building) which were apparent at the time of the inspection and form an opinion regarding these defects.
2.2 The inspection is a non-invasive visual inspection only, limited to those areas of the building which are fully accessible and visible to the inspector at the time of the inspection. The inspection does not include dismantling, taking apart or moving objects. For further information on the limitations of the inspection see clauses 3.5 – 3.9… below.
2.3 This inspection report is not a certificate of compliance with the requirements of any Act, regulation, ordinance, local law or by-law. It does not identify unauthorized or non compliant building work. It does not identify title boundaries, building set-out, boundary setbacks, building heights and datum’s, encroachments, location of any easements, covenants, heritage listing or any other similar restrictions imposed by statutory authorities.
2.4 The inspection does not cover (unless agreed to in writing, prior to the inspection) any inspection of outbuildings, granny flats, carports, but not limited to these, or any external area over 3.6 meters above the natural ground level.
2.5 The inspection will be carried out as per (unless agreed to in writing, prior to the inspection) AS 4349.1, Clause 3.2.2 Safe and reasonable access,which states:
“The extent of accessible areas shall be determined by the inspector at the time of the inspection, based on the conditions encountered at the time of the inspection. Subfloor areas sprayed with chemicals should not be inspected unless safe to do so. The inspector shall inspect an elevated area only where-
(a) It is at a height at which safe and reasonable access is available, or where safe and reasonable access is otherwise available:
(b) An unobstructed line of sight is present from safe use of a 3.6m ladder and the building elements present are close enough to allow appraisal”.
2.6 This report does not and cannot make comment upon defects that may have been concealed; the assessment or detection of defects (including rising damp and leaks) which may be subject to prevailing weather conditions. This report does not cover or comment upon electrical installations, the operation of smoke detectors, electrical wiring in the building, solar appliances or installations, air conditioning units, water heaters, site drainage (apart from surface water drainage), swimming pools and spas, plumbing, septic systems, the presence or absence of timber pests and heritage concerns.
3.1 As per AS 4349.1 this is a “Visual Only” inspection to assess the general condition of the building and report on any major defects to the structural integrity of the building elements that may be apparent at the time of the inspection. Whether or not a defect is considered significant or not, depends to a large extent, upon the age and type of the building inspected. The building should be compared to a building of similar age constructed in accordance with the acceptable standards at time of construction.
3.2 This inspection report does NOT INCLUDE assessment of items outside the scope of the requested inspection report, unless specified or agreed to in writing.
3.3 This report does not cover assessment of the ground on which the structure was placed, whether it is a filled site, subject to subsidence, land slip or flooding, but is not limited to these.
3.4 This is NOT a report by a structural engineer nor is it a guarantee or warranty of any description that structural damage does not exist or may not occur in the future. Should advice of a structural nature be required a structural engineer should be engaged.
3.5 As per AS 4349.1, the inspection will not extend to areas where access is restricted, including physical obstructions, no or small access holes, crawl space too small, height and safety issues, access is denied or deliberately concealed, but is not limited to these. The report will identify any area or item within the scope of the inspection that was not inspected and the factor that prevented inspection.
3.6 Due to the safety aspect and possibility of damage the inspector will not walk on roofs, unless specifically requested or agreed to in writing, (in the special conditions prior to the inspection) by the client or owner therefore releasing Perth Home Building Inspections and the inspector from any claim in case of any unforeseen damage occurring.
3.7 This inspection is non-invasive and DOES NOT include breaking apart, dismantling, removing or moving objects including, but not limited to, foliage, roof insulation, sizalation, floor or wall coverings, ceilings, floors, furnishings, appliances or personal possessions. The inspector cannot see inside walls, between floors, inside skillion roofing, behind stored goods or other areas that are concealed or obstructed. The inspector will not dig, gouge, force or perform any invasive procedure. Visible timbers cannot be destructively probed or hit without written permission of the property owner.
3.8 All sections of the property should be fully accessible and visible to the Inspector at the time of the inspection. It is the client’s responsibility to arrange access to the property and all parts of the property to be inspected.
3.9 The inspector shall inspect a roof space area only where all sources of electricity have been isolated. Occupational Safety and Health regulations state it is mandatory for electrical power to be isolated at its source before a tradesman or professional who is performing work for reward, shall enter a roof space of a Class 1, Class 2 or a Class 10a building. It is the clients responsibility to arrange electrical power to be de-energized for roof space inspections.
3.10 As per Appendix B of AS 4349.1, only the interior and immediate exteriors of strata title or similar multi-unit properties are inspected.This excludes common areas of the building and review of the Owners records. It is advised that the client obtain a “special-purpose” inspection report adequately specifying for the inspection of common areas of the building. The onus is on the client to obtain a review of the Owners Corporation or similar records prior to deciding on the purchase of the property.
3.11 As per AS 4349.1, the inspection will not cover items listed in the Appendix D EXCLUSION OF ITEMS FROM INSPECTION, unless agreed upon prior to the inspection. However, if in the course of the inspection, defects of excluded items (incidentally) become apparent, they too may be included or commented on in the building report. It is advised that (where required) a suitably qualified person be engaged for assessment of these items. They include (but are not limited to) the detection of timber pest activity: detection of allergens such as (but not limited to) Mould (Mildew): hydraulic, electrical and mechanical services: geotechnical and structural assessment: swimming pools and fire-safety compliance: asbestos detection: etc.
3.12 The report cannot include and accepts no responsibility for defects that were not apparent at the time of the inspection. These defects may only become apparent in, or as a result of (but not limited to) differing and sustained inclement weather. For example (but not limited to): moisture penetrations from ongoing rain and wind that were not present at the time of the inspection.
3.13 The assessment or detection of defects (including rising damp and leaks) which may be subject to the prevailing weather conditions: whether or not services have been used for some time prior to the inspection and whether this will affect the detection of leaks or other defects (e.g. In the case of shower enclosures the absence of any dampness at the time of the inspections does not necessarily mean that the enclosure will not leak):
3.14 Perth Home Building Inspections does not hold any responsibility for any repair of defects disclosed by this inspection report including damage which exists in areas that were inaccessible at the time of the inspection.
3.15 Any items outside the scope or limitations of this report will require a Special Purpose Report.
4. DISCLAIMER OF LIABILITIES
4.1 This report is made solely for the use and benefit of the client named in the report. No liability or responsibility whatsoever, in contract or tort is accepted to any third party that may rely on the report wholly or in part. Any third party acting or relying on the report in whole or in part does so at their own risk. This building inspection report has been commissioned by the client and is not transferable. No liability or responsibility is accepted whatsoever for any reliance placed upon this report wholly or in part by any third party. Any third party acting or relying on this report does so at their own risk.
4.2 No liability is accepted whatsoever for failure of this building inspection report to detect or report any problems that may occur in areas that were inaccessible to the inspector at the time of this inspection. These areas are excluded from and do not form part of this report. Any such areas may be subject of an additional inspection and monetary cost.
4.3 No responsibility can be accepted for defects which are latent or otherwise not reasonably detected on a visual inspection without interference with or removal of any of the structure including fixtures or fittings within the building.
4.4 The report is only valid for the date of inspection and is based on the condition of the property at the time of inspection.
4.5 Perth Home Building Inspections owns the copyright and all other intellectual property rights in connection with the preparation of this report. Unless Perth Home Building Inspections agrees otherwise the contents of the report may only be used by the client for the limited purpose to which the report was created.
5. CONSUMER COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE
5.1 In the event of any controversy or claim arising out of, or relating to this report, either party must be give written notice of the dispute to the other party. If the dispute is not resolved within ten (10) days from the service of the notice then the dispute shall be referred to a mediator nominated by the inspector. Should the dispute not be resolved by mediation then either party may refer the dispute to the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators of Australia for resolution by arbitration.
6. CLIENT ACKNOWLEDGEMENT
6.1 The client acknowledges that this inspection report is not intended to stringently scrutinize every aspect of the building elements but to visually assess them and form an opinion regarding their performance as at the time of the inspection.
6.2 This report is not a warranty or an insurance policy against problems that may arise in the future.
6.3 The extent of the report is limited to the initial inspection agreement. Additional items outside the scope of the report, such as re-inspections, mediation, court appearances or expert witness testimonials, but not limited to these will be subject to an additional monetary cost.
6.4 The client acknowledges that in commissioning this report, Perth Home Building Inspections accept no liability as to the legal ramifications or otherwise of the items detailed in this report.
6.5 Our engagement is confined to that of a Building Consultant and not a Building Surveyor or a Structural Engineer.
6.6 The report remains the property of Perth Home Building Inspections until full payment is received or defaults are reclaimed at the clients cost.
6.7 The client acknowledges that in booking the inspection verbally or otherwise, they agree to the Terms & Conditions listed, and the inspection will be carried out in accordance with this agreement. Cancellations at short notice may incur a charge.
6.8 Aspects of these Terms & Conditions are specifically intended to, and must be read in conjunction with, Perth Home Building Inspection reports.