Australian Regulations

The Australian Standard for building inspections 4349.1 -2010 and timber pest inspections 4349.3 requires that every pre-purchase inspection has a pre-engagement agreement accepted by the home purchaser (or their solicitor/conveyancer) before commencement of the inspection. To comply with the standard and insurers requirements, read the information below.

Part 1: Building Report.

Part 2: Pest Report.

Depending on the inspection you have requested, will depend on what parts of this agreement pertain to your particular inspection, ie,  A Building Inspection will only relate to Part 1, A Pest Inspection will only relate to part 2, A Building and Pest Inspection will relate to Parts 1 and 2.

To avoid any misunderstanding please read below and then answer the questions on the last page prior to your scheduled inspection. You should read and acknowledge this agreement and immediately return it to us.

The Australian Standard that governs inspections, strongly recommends that to protect you and the inspector from any misunderstanding, that an inspection agreement be made prior to the inspection. The agreement outlines to the client the inspector’s scope and limitations of the building inspection and report. The client is requested to acknowledge understanding of an agreement to this document and further authorise the inspector to proceed with the building inspection and report as requested. If you do not respond to this agreement to us and you do not cancel the requested inspection, then you agree that you have read and understood the contents of this agreement, and we will carry out the inspection on the basis of this agreement and that we can relay upon this agreement.

Our inspector will inspect and report on your nominated property in accordance with the Inspection of Buildings – Part 1 – Pre-Purchase Inspections – Residential Buildings Appendix C AS4349.1-2007, except for strata tile properties where the inspection will be according to Appendix B of AS4349.1-2007 and Inspections of Buildings – Part 3 – Timber Pest Inspections (AS4349.3- 2010). You agree that payment for the inspection will be paid prior to the report being released unless otherwise agreed to by the inspector / company producing the report.

The purpose of the inspection is to provide advice to you the client, regarding the condition of the property and the evidence of timber pests at the date and time of inspection. Please be aware that your Building & Pest Report will NOT be an electrical report, plumbing report, pool report, cost estimate report, compliance certificate or a guarantee against future problems from developing. It will however, be clear, concise and conclusive to help you understand the main issues regarding building and timber pest items covered by the Australian Standards.

In ordering the inspection, you agree that the inspection will be carried out in accordance with the following clauses, which define the scope and limitations of AS4349.

SPECIAL CONDITIONS

  1. The Consultant reserves the right to reject any request for inspection at the consultant’s absolute discretion. In this event, any fees, deposit or other monies paid by the client will be refunded.
  2. The Consultant shall not be liable for failure to perform any duty or obligation that the consultant may have under this agreement, where such failure has been caused by inclement weather, industrial disturbance, inevitable accident, inability to obtain labour or transportation, or any cause outside the reasonable control of the consultant.

 

SERVICE

As requested by the Client, i.e. the person or persons, for whom the Report is to be carried out or their Principal (i.e. the person or persons for whom the report is being obtained), the inspection is to be based solely on one of the following options:

Option 1 A Pre-Purchase Standard Property & Timber Pest Report comprising a Property Report and a Timber Pest Report.

Option 2 A Special-Purpose Inspection Report must include the defined purpose, scope and acceptance criteria on which the inspection report is to be based. A Special-Purpose Inspection Report may include Option 1 as well as the particular requirements of the Client which are specified and where applicable attached to this document.

The Report will be produced for the exclusive use of the Client. The Consultant, their company or firm is not liable for any reliance placed on the report by any third party.

ACCESSIBILITY

Unless noted in “Special Conditions or Instructions”, the inspection only covers the Readily Accessible Areas of the Building & Site.

                Readily Accessible Areas   means areas which can be easily and safely inspected without injury to person or property, are up to 3.6 metres above ground or floor levels, in roof spaces where the minimum area of accessibility is not less than 600 mm high by 600 mm wide and subfloor spaces where the minimum area of accessibility is not less than 400 mm high by 600 mm wide, providing the spaces or areas permit entry. The term ‘readily accessible’ also includes:

  • accessible subfloor areas on a sloping site where the minimum clearance is not less than 150 mm high, provided that the areas is not more than 2 metres from a point with conforming clearance (i.e. 400 mm high by 600 mm wide); and
  • areas at the eaves of accessible roof spaces that are within the consultant’s unobstructed line of sight and within arm’s length from a point with conforming clearance (i.e. 600 mm high by 600 mm wide).

                Building & Site means the inspection of the nominated residence together with relevant features including any car accommodation, detached laundry, ablution facilities and garden sheds, retaining walls more than 700 mm high, paths and driveways, steps, fencing, earth, embankments, surface water drainage and stormwater run-off within 30 m of the building, but within the property boundaries.

For the timber pest inspection, the term “Building & Site” is extended to include the main building (or main buildings in the case of a building complex) and all timber structures (such as outbuildings, landscaping, retaining walls, fences, bridges, trees and stumps with a diameter greater than 100 mm and timber embedded in soil) and the land within the property boundaries up to a distance of 50 metres from the main building(s).

The inspection does not include areas, which are inaccessible, not readily accessible or obstructed at the time of inspection. Areas, which are not normally accessible are not inspected and include – but not limited to – the interior of a flat roof or beneath a suspended floor filled with earth. Obstructions are defined as any condition or physical limitation which inhibits or prevents inspection and may include – but are not limited to – roofing, fixed ceilings, wall linings, floor coverings, fixtures, fittings, furniture, clothes, stored articles/materials, thermal insulation, sarking, pipe/duct work, builder’s debris, vegetation, pavements or earth.

BUILDING REPORT

Part 1

Definitions

Building Consultant means a person, business or company who is qualified and experienced to undertake a pre-purchase inspection in accordance with Australian Standard AS 4349.1-2007 ‘Inspection of Buildings.

Part 1: Pre-Purchase Inspections – Residential Buildings’. The consultant must also meet any Government licensing requirement, where applicable.

Structure means the loadbearing part of the building, comprising the Primary Elements.

Primary Elements means those parts of the building providing the basic loadbearing capacity to the Structure, such as foundations, footings, floor framing, loadbearing walls, beams or columns.

The term ‘Primary Elements’ also includes other structural building elements including: those that provide a level of personal protection such as handrails; floor-to-floor access such as stairways; and the structural flooring of the building such as floorboards.

Structural Damage means a significant impairment to the integrity of the whole or part of the Structure falling into one or more of the following categories:

  • Structural Cracking and Movement – major (full depth) cracking forming in Primary Elements resulting from differential movement between or within the elements of construction, such as foundations, footings, floors, walls and roofs.
  • Deformation – an abnormal change of shape of Primary Elements resulting from the application of load(s).
  • Dampness – the presence of moisture within the building, which is causing consequential damage to Primary Elements.
  • Structural Timber Pest Damage – structural failure, i.e. an obvious weak spot, deformation or even collapse of timber Primary Elements resulting from attack by one or more of the following wood destroying agents: chemical delignification; fungal decay; wood borers; and termites.

Conditions Conducive to Structural Damage means noticeable building deficiencies or environmental factors that may contribute to the occurrence of Structural Damage.

Secondary Elements means those parts of the building not providing loadbearing capacity to the Structure, or those non-essential elements which, in the main, perform a completion role around openings in Primary Elements and the building in general such as non-loadbearing walls, partitions, wall linings, ceilings, chimneys, flashings, windows, glazing or doors.

Finishing Elements means the fixtures, fittings and finishes applied or affixed to Primary Elements and Secondary Elements such as baths, water closets, vanity basins, kitchen cupboards, door furniture, window hardware, render, floor and wall tiles, trim or paint. The term ‘Finishing Elements’ does not include furniture or soft floor coverings such as carpet and lino.

Major Defect means a defect of significant magnitude where rectification has to be carried out in order to avoid unsafe conditions, loss of utility or further deterioration of the property.

Minor Defect means a defect other than a Major Defect.

Serious Safety Hazard means any item that may constitute an immediate or imminent risk to life, health or property. Occupational, health and safety or any other consequence of these hazards has not been assessed.

Tests means where appropriate the carrying out of tests using the following procedures and instruments:

  • Dampness Tests means additional attention to the visual examination was given to those accessible areas which the consultant’s experience has shown to be particularly susceptible to damp problems. Instrument testing using electronic moisture detecting meter of those areas and other visible accessible elements of construction showing evidence of dampness was performed.
  • Physical Tests means the following physical actions undertaken by the consultant: opening and shutting of doors, windows and draws; operation of taps; water testing of shower recesses; and the tapping of tiles and wall plaster.

Purpose, Scope and Acceptance Criteria

The Property Report (“the Report”) is to be carried out by a Building Consultant (“the Consultant”).

PURPOSE OF INSPECTION   The purpose of the inspection is to provide advice to the Client regarding the condition of the Building & Site at the time of inspection.

SCOPE OF INSPECTION   The Report only covers or deals with any evidence of: Structural Damage; Conditions Conducive to Structural Damage; any Major Defect in the condition of Secondary Elements and Finishing Elements; collective (but not individual) Minor Defects; and any Serious Safety Hazard discernible at the time of inspection. The inspection is limited to the Readily Accessible Areas of the Building & Site (see Note below) and is based on a visual examination of surface work (excluding furniture and stored items), and the carrying out of Tests.

GENERAL AREAS INSPECTED Subject to Safe and Reasonable Access (See Accessibility) the inspection will normally report on the condition of each of the following areas: –

The Interior

The Roof Void

The Exterior

The Sub-Floor

The Roof Exterior.

Note: With strata and company title properties, the inspection is limited to the interior and the immediate exterior of the particular residence to be inspected. Common property is not inspected as part of the Report.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA   Unless otherwise agreed and noted in “Special Conditions or Instructions” for this report request, the building shall be compared with a building that was constructed in accordance with the generally accepted practice at the time of construction and which has been maintained such that there has been no significant loss of strength and serviceability.

Unless noted in “Special Conditions or Instructions”, the Report assumes that the existing use of the building will continue.

The Report only records the observations and conclusions of the Consultant about the readily observable state of the property at the time of inspection. The Report therefore cannot deal with:

(a)     possible concealment of defects, including but not limited to, defects concealed by lack of accessibility, obstructions such as furniture, wall linings and floor coverings, or by applied finishes such as render and paint; and

(b)     undetectable or latent defects, including but not limited to, defects that may not be apparent at the time of inspection due to seasonal changes, recent or prevailing weather conditions, and whether or not services have been used some time prior to the inspection being carried out.

These matters outlined above in (a) & (b) are excluded from consideration in the Report.

If the Client has any doubt about the purpose, scope and acceptance criteria on which the Report is to be based please discuss your concerns with the Consultant before ordering the Report.

The Client acknowledges that, unless stated otherwise, the Client as a matter of urgency should implement any recommendation or advice given in the Report.

LIMITATIONS

The Client acknowledges:

  1. ‘Visual only’ inspections are not recommended. A visual only inspection may be of limited use to the Client. In addition to a visual inspection, to thoroughly inspect the Readily Accessible Areas of the property requires the Consultant to carry out whenever necessary appropriate Tests.
  2. The Report does not include the inspection and assessment of items or matters outside the scope of the requested inspection and report. Other items or matters may be the subject of a Special-Purpose Inspection Report, which is adequately specified (see Exclusions below).
  3. The Report does not include the inspection and assessment of items or matters that do not fall within the Consultant’s direct expertise.
  4. Australian Standard AS4349.1-2007 ‘Inspection of Buildings. Part 1: Pre-Purchase Inspections – Residential Buildings’ recognises that a property inspection report is not a warranty against problems developing with the building in the future.

 

EXCLUSIONS

The Client acknowledges that the Report does not cover or deal with:

  • any individual Minor Defect;
  • solving or providing costs for any rectification or repair work;
  • the structural design or adequacy of any element of construction;
  • detection of wood destroying insects such as termites and wood borers;
  • the operation of fireplaces and chimneys;
  • any services including building, engineering (electronic), fire and smoke detection or mechanical;
  • lighting or energy efficiency;
  • any swimming pools and associated pool equipment or spa baths and spa equipment or the like;
  • any appliances such as dishwashers, in sinkerators, ovens, stoves and ducted vacuum systems;
  • a review of occupational, health or safety issues such as asbestos content, the provision of safety glass or the use of lead-based paints;
  • a review of environmental or health or biological risks such as toxic mould;
  • whether the building complies with the provisions of any building Act, code, regulation(s) or by-laws;
  • whether the ground on which the building rests has been filled, is liable to subside, swell or shrink, is subject to landslip or tidal inundation, or if it is flood prone; and
  • in the case of strata and company title properties, the inspection of common property areas or strata/company records.

Any of the above matters may be the subject of a special-purpose inspection report, which is adequately specified and undertaken by an appropriately qualified inspector.

 

TIMBER PEST REPORT

Part 2

Definitions

Timber Pest Attack means Timber Pest Activity and/or Timber Pest Damage.

Timber Pest Activity means tell-tale signs associated with ‘active’ (live) and/or ‘inactive’ (absence of live) Timber Pests at the time of inspection.

Timber Pest Damage means noticeable impairments to the integrity of timber and other susceptible materials resulting from attack by Timber Pests.

Major Safety Hazard   means any item that may constitute an immediate or imminent risk to life, health or property resulting directly from Timber Pest Attack. Occupational, health and safety or any other consequence of these hazards has not been assessed.

Conditions Conducive to Timber Pest Attack means noticeable building deficiencies or environmental factors that may contribute to the presence of Timber Pests.

Timber Pest Detection Consultant   means a person who meets the minimum skills requirement set out in the current Australian Standard AS 4349.3 Inspections of Buildings.  Part 3: Timber Pest Inspection Reports or state/territory legislation requirements beyond this Standard, where applicable.

Timber Pests means one or more of the following wood destroying agents which attack timber in service and affect its structural properties:

  • Chemical Delignification – the breakdown of timber through chemical action.
  • Fungal Decay – the microbiological degradation of timber caused by soft rot fungi and decay fungi, but does not include mould, which is a type of fungus that does not structurally damage wood.
  • Wood Borers – wood destroying insects belonging to the order ‘Coleoptera’ which commonly attack seasoned timber.
  • Termites wood destroying insects belonging to the order ‘Isoptera’ which commonly attack seasoned timber.

Tests means additional attention to the visual examination was given to those accessible areas which the consultant’s experience has shown to be particularly susceptible to attack by Timber Pests. Instrument Testing of those areas and other visible accessible timbers/materials/areas showing evidence of attack was performed.

Instrument Testing means where appropriate the carrying out of Tests using the following techniques and instruments:

(a)          electronic moisture detecting meter – an instrument used for assessing the moisture content of building elements;

(b)          stethoscope – an instrument used to hear sounds made by termites within building elements;

(c)           probing – a technique where timber and other materials/areas are penetrated with a sharp instrument (e.g. bradawl or pocket knife), but does not include probing of decorative timbers or finishes, or the drilling of timber and trees; and

(d)          sounding – a technique where timber is tapped with a solid object.

 

Purpose, Scope and Acceptance Criteria

The Timber Report (“the Report”) is to be carried out by a Timber Pest Detection Consultant (“the Consultant”).

PURPOSE   The purpose of the inspection is to assist the Client to identify and understand any Timber Pest issues observed at the time of inspection.

SCOPE OF INSPECTION   The Report only deals with the detection or non-detection of Timber Pest Attack and Conditions Conducive to Timber Pest Attack discernible at the time of inspection. The inspection is limited to the Readily Accessible Areas of the Building & Site (see Note below) and is based on a visual examination of surface work (excluding furniture and stored items), and the carrying out of Tests.

Note : With strata and company title properties, the inspection is limited to the interior and the immediate exterior of the particular residence to be inspected. Common property is not inspected as part of the Report.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA   Unless otherwise agreed and noted in “Special Conditions or Instructions” for this report request, the building being inspected is to be compared with a similar building. To the Consultant’s knowledge the similar building used for comparison was constructed in accordance with generally accepted timber pest management practices and has since been maintained during all its life not to attract or support timber pest infestation.

Note : If the building is not comparable to a similar building (e.g. due to unusual design or construction techniques), then the inspection shall be based on the general knowledge and experience of the Consultant.

Unless noted in “Special Conditions or Instructions”, the Report assumes that the existing use of the building will continue.

The Report only records the observations and conclusions of the Consultant about the readily observable state of the property at the time of inspection. The Report therefore cannot deal with:

  • possible concealment of defects, including but not limited to, defects concealed by lack of accessibility, obstructions such as furniture, wall linings and floor coverings, or by applied finishes such as render and paint; and
  • undetectable or latent defects, including but not limited to, defects that may not be apparent at the time of inspection due to seasonal changes, recent or prevailing weather conditions, and whether or not services have been used some time prior to the inspection being carried out.

These matters outlined above in (a) & (b) are excluded from consideration in the Report.

If the Client has any doubt about the purpose, scope and acceptance criteria on which the Report is to be based please discuss your concerns with the Consultant before ordering the Report.

The Client acknowledges that, unless stated otherwise, the Client as a matter of urgency should implement any recommendation or advice given in the Report.

 

Limitations

The Client acknowledges:

  1. The Report does not include the inspection and assessment of matters outside the scope of the requested inspection and report.
  2. The detection of drywood termites may be extremely difficult due to the small size of the colonies. No warranty of absence of these termites is given.
  3. European House Borer (Hylotrupes bajulus) attack is difficult to detect in the early stages of infestation as the galleries of boring larvae rarely break through the affected timber surface. No warranty of absence of these borers is given. Regular inspections including the carrying out of appropriate tests are required to help monitor susceptible timbers.
  4. This is not a structural damage report. Neither is this a warranty as to the absence of Timber Pest Attack.
  5. If the inspection is limited to any particular type(s) of timber pest (e.g. subterranean termites), then this would be the subject of a Special-Purpose Inspection Report, which is adequately specified.
  6. The Report does not cover or deal with environmental risk assessment or biological risks not associated with Timber Pests (e.g. toxic mould) or occupational, health or safety issues. Such advice may be the subject of a Special-Purpose Inspection Report which is adequately specified and must be undertaken by an appropriately qualified inspector. The choice of such inspector is a matter for the Client.

 

EXCLUSIONS

The Client acknowledges:

  1. The Report does not deal with any timber pest preventative or treatment measures, or provide costs for the control, rectification or prevention of attack by timber pests. However, this additional information or advice may be the subject of a timber pest management proposal which is adequately specified.

COMPLAINTS PROCEDURE

In the event of a dispute or a claim arising out of, or relating to the Inspection or the Report, you must notify Us as soon as possible of the dispute or claim by email, mail. You must allow Us (which includes persons nominated by us) to visit the property (which visit must occur within twenty-eight (28) days of your notification to us) and give us full access in order that we may fully investigate the complaint. You will be provided with a written response to your dispute or claim within (28) days of the date of the inspection.

If You are not satisfied with our response, you must within twenty-one (21) days of your receipt of our written response refer the matter to a mediator nominated by us from the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators of Australia. The cost of the Mediator will be borne equally by both parties or as agreed as part of the mediated settlement.

Should the dispute or claim not be resolved by mediation then the dispute or claim will proceed to arbitration. The Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators of Australia will appoint an Arbitrator who will hear and resolve the dispute. The arbitration, subject to any directions of the Arbitrator, will proceed in the following manner:

(a) The parties must submit all written submissions and evidence to the Arbitrator within twenty-one (21) days of the appointment of the Arbitrator; and

(b) The arbitration will be held within (21) days of the Arbitrator receiving the written submissions.

The Arbitrator will make a decision determining the dispute or claim within twenty-one (21) days of the final day of the arbitration. The Arbitrator may, as part of his determination, determine what costs, if any, each of the parties are to pay and the time by which the parties must be paid any settlement or costs.

The decision of the Arbitrator is final and binding on both parties. Should the Arbitrator order either party to pay any settlement amount or costs to the other party but not specify a time for payment then such payment shall be made within twenty-one (21) days of the order.

In the event that You do not fully comply with the above Complaints Procedure and commence litigation against Us then You agree to fully indemnify Us against any awards, costs, legal fees and expenses incurred by Us in having your litigation set aside or adjourned to permit the foregoing Complaints Procedure to complete.

Third Parties

Compensation will only be payable for losses arising in contract or tort sustained by the Client. Any third party acting or relying on this Report, in whole or in part, does so entirely at their own risk.

However, if ordered by a real estate agent or a vendor for the purpose of selling a property, then the inspection Report will have a life of 14 days from the date of the inspection during which time it may be transferred to the purchaser or potential purchaser providing the purchaser or potential purchaser agrees to the terms of this agreement and only then may rely on the Report subject to the terms and conditions of this agreement and the Report itself.

Prohibition on the Provision or Sale of the Report

The Report may not be sold or provided to any other Person without Our express written permission, unless the Client is authorised to do so by Legislation.

If We give our permission it may be subject to conditions such as payment of a further fee by the transferee and agreement from the transferee to comply with this clause.

However, we may sell the Report to any other person although there is no obligation for us to do so.

Release

You release us from any and all claims, actions, proceedings, judgments, damages, losses, interest, costs and expenses of whatever nature that the person may have at any time hereafter arising from the unauthorised provision or sale of the Report by You to a Person without Our express written permission.

Indemnity

You indemnify us in respect of any and all liability, including all claims, actions, proceedings, judgments, damages, losses, interest, costs and expenses of any nature, which may be incurred by, brought, made or recovered against us arising directly or indirectly from the unauthorised provision or sale of the Report by You to a Person without Our express written permission.

Re-inspections

If you request us to re-inspect the property for any reason, the minimum cost is $220. Re-inspection of the property is sometimes required if an area was locked or inaccessible at the time of inspection or if you are the vendor and have made repairs and request an amended Report. This cost or extra charge is at our discretion to do so on an individual basis.

Postponement or Cancellation of Inspection

You agree to pay an Administration fee of $50.00 if the inspection is postponed or cancelled by you, or at your request, within 72 hours of the agreed inspection time.  This cost or extra charge is at our discretion to do so on an individual basis.

You agree to pay 50% of the inspection fee if the inspection is postponed or cancelled by you, or at your request, within 48 hours of the agreed inspection time.

You agree to pay the cost of the inspection fee if the inspection is postponed or cancelled by you, or at your request, within 24 hours of the agreed inspection time.

Payment

You agree to make payment for the inspection and Report on receipt of the invoice.

Note : We may withhold verbal advice or the issue of the Report until payment has been received.

 

 

FURTHER DEFINITIONS

You should read and understand the following definitions of words used in this agreement and the Report. This will help You understand what is involved in a property inspection, the difficulties faced by the inspector, and the contents of the Report which will be provided to You following the inspection. Some definitions may have already been described / given in areas within the agreement.

Access Hole (cover) means a hole in the structure allowing safe entry to an area.

Accessible Area is any area of the property and structures allowing the inspector Safe and Reasonable Access (see definition) within the scope of the inspection.

Active means live timber pests that were sighted during the inspection.

Client means the person(s) or other legal entity for which the inspection is to be carried out. If ordered by the person(s)’s agent then it is agreed that the agent represents the person(s) and has the authority to act for and on their behalf. (See also “You/Your” below)

Defect means a variation or fault in material or a component or assembled element that deviates from its intended appearance or function.

High Moisture Readings means a reading on a moisture meter that is higher than the norm for other parts of the structure. Such high readings should be investigated by invasive means as the presence could indicate a leak or may indicate timber pest activity and damage.

Inactive means that no Active (see definition above) timber pests were detected but evidence such as workings, damage, mudding or exit holes were found at the time of the inspection.

NOTE: Where visual evidence of inactive termite workings and/or damage is located, it is possible that termites may still be active in the immediate vicinity and the termites may continue to cause further damage. It is not possible, without benefit of further investigation and inspections over a period of time, to ascertain whether any infestation is active or inactive. Continued, regular, inspections are essential.

Inspector means the company, partnership or individual named in this agreement that you have requested to carry out a property inspection and Report. (See also “Our/Us/We” below.)

Limitation means any factor that prevents full achievement of the purpose of the inspection.

Major Defect means a defect of such significance that without correction would not avoid Safety Concerns, loss of the intended practical performance of the building element or an additional decline in the existing condition of the property inspected.

Minor Defect means a defect that is not a Major defect.

Our/Us/We – means the company, partnership or individual named in this agreement that you have requested to carry out the property inspection and Report.

Person means any individual, company, partnership or association who is not a Client.

Pre-Settlement Handover Report is a type of Special Purpose Report and means a defects inspection report for the purpose of checking the quality of the build in accordance with the acceptable industry standard.

Property means the structures, gardens, trees and fences etc up to thirty (30) metres from the exterior walls of the main building but within the boundaries of the land on which the main building is erected. Unless You specifically order in writing that structures, gardens, trees and fences etc outside the thirty (30) metres from the exterior walls of the main building be inspected, no such inspection will be carried out.

Report means the document and any attachments issued to you by us following our inspection of the property.

Safe and Reasonable Access does not include the use of destructive or invasive inspection methods or moving furniture or stored goods. The Standards AS4349.1-2007 and AS4349.3-2010 provide information concerning safe and reasonable access: Only areas where reasonable and safe access is available will be inspected. Access will not be available where there are safety concerns, or obstructions, or where space available is less than the following:

Roof Exterior – must be accessible by a 3.6m ladder placed at ground level.

Roof Space – The dimensions of the access hole must be at least 500mm x 400mm, and, reachable by a 3.6m ladder, and, there is at least 600mm x 600mm of crawl space. NB Reasonable access does not include the use of destructive or invasive inspection methods. Nor does reasonable access include cutting or making access traps, or moving heavy furniture or stored goods.

Subfloor – the dimensions of the access hole must be at least 500mm x 400mm, and, there is at least 400mm crawl space beneath the lowest bearer, or, 500mm beneath the lowest part of a concrete floor.

Note : The inspector shall determine whether sufficient space is available to allow safe access to confined areas. Safe and Reasonable Access does not include the use of destructive or invasive inspection methods. Nor does Safe and Reasonable Access include cutting or making access traps, or moving furniture or stored goods.

SPECIAL PURPOSE PROPERTY REPORT: The inspection Will not cover or report the items listed in Appendix D to AS4349.1-2007. This Standard Property Report does not contain any assessment or opinion in relation to any item, which is the subject of a Special Purpose Property Report (as defined in AS4349.1), or any matter where the inspection or assessment of which is solely regulated by Statute. Special Purpose Property Reports include comment on the following: Estimating Report; Electrical; Plumbing & Gas; Pest; Structural Engineering; Common property areas; Boundary lines and encroachment measurements; Environmental matters such as aspect, geotechnical, sunlight, privacy, streetscape, views etc; Proximity of property to flight paths, railways and busy traffic or other neighbourhood issues; Noise levels; Health and safety issues including the presence of asbestos, lead, mould, or toxic soils etc; Hazards Inspection;; Heritage or security matters; Fire protection or safety; Analysis of site drainage apart from surface water drainage; Lift Hydraulics; Garage door mechanicals; Swimming pools and spas; Durability of exposed finish materials; Neighbourhood usage such as pests, closeness to mines, public transport, hotels, stormwater drains, public entertainment venues etc; Document analysis eg. sewer drainage, plans and diagrams, surveys, building approvals, detection of illegal construction and compliance etc; The operation of fireplaces, chimneys, alarm systems, intercom systems, data systems, electrical and mechanical appliances, air conditioning systems, smoke detectors and residual current devices have not been

STRATA TITLE: Where the property is covered by an Owners Corporation (Strata Title), we strongly recommend that an Owners Corporation search be conducted to ascertain the financial position, the level of maintenance and any other relevant information available through the conduct of such an inspection. Where the property is a strata or similar title, the inspector will only inspect the interior and immediate exterior of the particular unit requested to be inspected. The exterior above ground floor level is not inspected.

The inspection will be as outlined in AS 4349.1-2007 Appendix B. Therefore, it is advised that the client obtain an inspection of common areas prior to any decision to purchase. The complete inspection of other common property areas would be the subject of a Special Purpose Inspection.

Termites means Subterranean and Damp wood Termites (white ants) and does not include Dry Wood Termites.

The Australian Standards means the standards set by the Building Code of Australia which are prohibited from being published due to copyright laws but may be accessed and purchased online at: www.saiglobal.com/Information/Standards/Collections/BCA-Standards/Australian_Standards_and_Building_Products.pdf

You/Your means the party identified as the Client, and where more than one party all such parties jointly and severally, together with any agent of that party.

UNDERSTANDING

If there is anything in this agreement that You do not understand, then, prior to the commencement of the inspection, you must contact Us by phone or in person and have Us explain and clarify the matter to your satisfaction. Your failure to contact Us means that You have read to this agreement and You do fully understand the contents.

You agree that in accepting this agreement You have read and understood the contents of this agreement and that the inspection will be carried out in accordance with this document.

Inspection Agreement

Questions?

If there is anything you don’t understand, then please ask us to clarify! It is important that you know what we will and won’t check so that you are fully informed about the property.

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