Building and Pest Inspection has become prerequisite when buying a new home. This is smart descision when considering buying a new housen you are investing your future into it. That’s why a detailed Building and Pest Inspection Report completed by a qualified building and pest inspector is an important tool to assist you in your decision making. But what do you look for when shopping around for a good report?
To start off with the report should be completed to the Australian Standards AS 4349.1 and AS 4349.3. A Building and Pest Inspection is a visual inspection only and where access to the building is accessable , to detect timber pest activity and damage, structural damage, conditions conducive, which if not rectified may result in timber pest and structural damage, any major defects to the condition of secondary and finishing elements, collective of minor defects and any serious safety hazard noticed by the inspector at the time of inspection.
Your report may will mention the properties condition and any advice and recommendations that need to be undertaken after completion of the inspection. The building inspection will contain the Building Inspector’s point of view, will be upon more significant structural and timber pest issues, together with conditions and safety hazard the property may have. The report will be written out with what major and minor defects were present on the day of the inspection follow with any pictures that can help the client with their descision.
Because Building and Pest Inspections are visual-only with limited testing, they are not intrusive. Despite best efforts, a Building Inspector will only be able to inspect areas that they can actually access and see – perhaps providing an opportunity for vendors to occasionally hide issues. For this reason, a good report will clearly set out the inspections’ scope and terms and conditions within your report so that you clearly understand the context of your report’s findings. Areas that were inspected within the property, inaccessible and obstructed areas that were not inspected, and obstructions should all be set out along with the inspector’s rating of the building’s susceptibility to timber pests at the time of inspection, the rating of the building’s risk of undetected timber pest activity and damage at the time of inspection, the rating of the building’s risk of undetected structural damage at the time of inspection and how these ratings were derived.
A good report will take you through right steps for the property to address safety hazards, and defects that were present on the day of inspection where each defect should be clearly described with its location and the extent of the damage with any relevant advice and pictures to show what was found and the steps to take after the inspection when purcahsing to fix the problem.
A good report should contain a table of contents, easy to read with the interior and exterior in seperate sections with supporting photographs and lots of helping information. The clearer and more methodical the layout of the Reports, the easier it will be to read and for you to understand its content so you can make the right descision. The more comprehensive, and larger the report the easier it will be for you to get a full understanding of the condition of property. Its always good to get a sample report from your building inspector to know what to expect when engaging with their service.