There are separate terms and conditions here for various service types. The first is for a construction defect or handover inspection on a new dwelling that you have built. The second is for a pre-purchase building inspection. There are also terms that relate to other inspection types.
Drafting/Inspections/Technical: $275 per hour
Senior Architect: $385 per hour
Payment is required before we send your report. The invoice will be sent prior to the inspection & We will not email your report or discuss findings or inspection results in detail over the phone until confirmation or receipt of payment has been received by us. It’s not that we don’t trust you, it’s that we have been burnt by a few unethical people in the past and this won’t happen to us again.
We are not unfair and do understand that sometimes the inevitable occurs. That’s why we only require at least 3 hours notice when cancelling as we have a very tight schedule & would prefer to fill the time slot with other jobs for valued clients.
If you Fail to notify us of the cancellation within 3 hours of the booked appointment time, we may charge a cancellation fee of up to 50% of the original fee. By submitting this agreement, you agree to our cancellation policy & terms.
A HANDOVER inspection or CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS inspection is a visual inspection of the finishes and the quality of the finishes presented by the Builder at the time of my inspection and based on certain defects within the The Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2015. The Guide to Standards and Tolerances 2015 is only a guide and an advisory document. It is not a regulated standard and is not part of this hierarchy. Each state and territory has an Act to regulate the contents of a domestic building contract and the responsibilities of parties. These Acts also require compliance with regulated building standards and require buildings and their materials to be fit for their intended purposes.
This Guide can be used to determine whether or not an item is defective only where this cannot be done by reference to the contract documents, the relevant Australian Standards, the National Construction Code (also called NCC or BCA) or the relevant regulations. Where there is any contradiction or difference between the Guide and an Act, a regulation, the NCC or a building contract, all of these take precedence over the Guide. The Guide does not replace the requirements of these other documents. Any reference throughout this document to the Building Code of Australia or NCC refers to the National Construction Code Series, Volumes 1 and 2, Building Code of Australia. Some Australian Standards are referred to (whole or in part) in the BCA. The referenced parts of these Australian Standards take precedence over this Guide.
Fittings, equipment and some materials used in buildings are often supported by manufacturers installation instructions. The manufacturers installation instructions take precedence over this Guide.
This report contains a “Schedule of Building Defects that lists the items that in the inspectors opinion do not reach an acceptable standard of quality, level of building practice, or have not been built in a proper workmanlike manner as per Section 8 of the Domestic Building Contracts Act – 1995 states “the builder warrants that the work will be carried out in a proper and workmanlike manner….the builder warrants that the work will be carried out with reasonable care and skill…”
AREAS NOT INCLUDED IN THIS REPORT – Areas that are outside the scope of this inspection and not assessed are
- room dimensions,
- height limitations,
- boundary setbacks,
- title boundaries,
- water tightness,
- glazing code requirements,
- safety requirements,
- plumbing & electrical compliance and
- finished floor levels.
- We do not inspect and report on every single individual minor paint defect as paint defects may be visible during certain times of the day and not others. We do not use a torch to locate paint defects. Paint defects are only defects if visible from 1.5 meters or further. If you encounter visible paint issues before or after the inspection, liaise with the builder.
- Fittings/fixtures/tile types/paint colours etc are not cross referenced with what is stipulated in your domestic building contract – This is a separate inspection and you should go through this with your builder to show that what you have ordered or requested has been installed. This includes paint colour, appliances, oven, range hood, dishwasher, floor lining specs, light fittings, cabinetry colours and materials, tile types and materials and the like.
- Areas that were not accessible are listed in this report. No comment is made as to whether or not defects are in inaccessible areas.
In Victoria, the Domestic Building Contracts Act 1995 defines the term “Defective” as
a) a breach of any warranty listed in section 8
b) a failure to maintain a standard or quality of building work specified in the contract.
THE MEASUREMENT OF TOLERANCES – The tolerances in the Guide to Standards and Tolerance 2015 apply up to and including the length over which each tolerance is stated to apply. It is not intended that tolerances will be interpolated or proportioned to the actual length of the building element measured. For example, where the Guide specifies a 4 mm maximum deviation measured over a 2 m length of wall surface, the Guide means that the same 4 mm deviation is to be applied over a 1 m wall surface or a 500 mm wall surface. The tolerance cannot be interpolated to mean a 2 mm deviation over a 1 m wall surface or 1 mm deviation over a 500 mm wall surface. Similarly, deviations over longer wall surfaces would be defects if the deviation exceeded 4 mm within any 2 m length of that surface. Horizontal, vertical and diagonal surface tolerances are to be interpreted in the same way.
MEASUREMENT OF FLOOR LEVELS, LAND, BOUNDARIES and HOME DIMENSIONS – We DO NOT measure room dimensions, the area of the home or boundaries. A land surveyor must be engaged to assess the same. Boundaries and correct position of fencing is not measured. This must be conducted by a land surveyor (boundary re-establishment).
We do not measure finished floor levels (FFL) or reduced levels (RL) – this must be assessed by a land surveyor. We do not measure the levelness of internal floors – this must be done by a land surveyor using specialised equipment.
ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING – The adequacy and functionality of gas, gas appliances, plumbing, sewerage, underground pipe work, electrical wiring & appliances is not assessed. This needs to be done by a qualified electrician or plumber. The electricians & plumbers responsible for electrical or plumbing works at the dwelling should have issued certificates of compliance for their works which would be held by the relevant building surveyor.
AREAS NOT ABLE TO ACCESS OR THAT ARE NOT VISIBLE – We can not assess anything that is not visible or accessible, for example, subsurface plumbing, wiring in wall cavities, behind refrigerators, dishwashers, ovens, upper level roof components and the like and it therefore follows that any areas unable to be visible or accessed could contain defects that may only become apparent when access is gained.
Areas We Need to Inspect & Restricted Areas
The Building and the site include fencing that is up to 30 meters from the building & within the boundaries of the site. Where present & accessible, the Inspection shall include.
(a) The interior of the building.
(b) The roof space.
(c) The exterior of the building
(d) The sub-floor space
(e) The roof exterior
(f) The property within 30 m of the building subject to inspection.
Entering attics or roof voids that are heavily insulated can cause damage to the insulation & attic framing. Attics with deep insulation cannot be safely inspected due to limited visibility of the framing members upon which the inspector must walk. In such cases, the attic is only partially accessed, thereby limiting the review of the attic area from the hatch area only. Inspectors will not crawl the attic area when they believe it is a danger to them or that they might damage the attic insulation or framing. A truss roof frame will not be walked upon in the roof void due to live loads (the inspector) that can break bottom cords if timber knotted & can cause flex & subsequent ceiling lining damage. There is a limited review of the attic area viewed from the hatch only in these circumstances.
The roof covering will not be walked upon if in the opinion of the inspector it is not safe to do so. Generally issues that prevent roof access include, access height over 2 metres (need fall protection), steep pitch, wet/slippery surfaces, deteriorated covering. Not being able to walk a roof significantly limits our inspection which can result in defects not visible going undetected.
Only areas where safe & reasonable access is available were inspected. Access will not be gained where there are safety concerns, obstructions or where the space to inspect is less than the following: Roof Void access door must be at least 500 mm x 500 mm, reachable by a 3.6 m ladder and within the roof void there is at least 1000 mm x 1000 mm crawl space. Safe access to the roof void, the sub floor area and the roof cladding is at the inspector’s discretion.
Roofs over 2 meters in height from finished ground level will not be walked on due to Occupational Health & Safety Regulations. Control Measures as per Section 41 of Compliance Code – Work Safe Victoria states passive fall prevention devices are required for potential falls of 2 meters or more. This includes Scaffolds, perimeter screens, step platforms, permitter guard rails, elevated work platforms guard railing edges of roofs and safety mesh. Obviously these can’t be installed prior to the inspection without a site evaluation and the cost would be borne by you. If you want us to inspect roofs and components over 2 meters high please arrange the above safety fall devices.
- THIRD PARTY DISCLAIMER: We will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense, whatsoever, suffered or incurred by any Person other than you in connection with the use of the Inspection Report provided pursuant to this agreement by that Person for any purpose or in any way, including the use of this report for any purpose connected with the sale, purchase, or use of the Property or the giving of security over the Property, to the extent permissible by law. The only Person to whom we may be liable and to whom losses arising in contract or tort sustained may be payable by us is the Client named on the face page of this Agreement.
- 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. lf we give our permission it may be subject to conditions such as payment of a further fee by the other Person and agreement from this other Person to comply with this clause.
- 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 in-directly from the unauthorised provision or sale of the Report by You to a Person without Our express written permission.
You agree that in signing this agreement or marking “I agree,” You have read and understood the contents of this agreement and ‘that the inspection will be carried out in accordance with this document.’ You agree to pay for the inspection on delivery of the report.
If You fail to sign and to return a copy of this agreement to Us and do not cancel the requested inspection then You agree that You have read and understand the contents of this agreement and that we will carry out the inspection on the basis of this agreement and that we can rely on this agreement.
Pre-Purchase Building inspections and timber pest inspections in Australia are “Visual Inspections Only”. This means that there will be areas we can’t get to and therefore can’t report on. This obviously could mean that the areas we can’t access could have defects there that we can’t see. An example – we use our moisture meter and detect excess damp readings on the wall near the shower recess, We can safely say there’s a leak from the shower area but we can’t say if the timber frame behind the wall has timber rot, unless we remove the wall.
Please carefully read the terms and conditions for Building Inspections, Timber Pest Inspections and Handover Inspection below and if you agree to the terms and conditions, tick the box and we will organise the inspection.
IMPORTANT – IF WE CAN’T INSPECT AN AREA- YOU NEED TO BE AWARE THAT THESE AREAS AT REPORTED AS INACCESSIBLE, RESTRICTED OR NOT VISIBLE MAY HAVE DEFECTS & TIMBER PEST INFESTATION OR TIMBER PEST DAMAGE PRESENT.
IF AREAS ARE NOT ACCESSIBLE, RESTRICTED OR NOT VISIBLE – YOU MUST CONTACT THE OWNER OR THE AGENT & ORGANISE TO HAVE THESE AREAS MADE AVAILABLE & ACCESSIBLE SO THE INSPECTOR CAN RETURN & CARRY OUT AN INSPECTION OF THESE AREAS BEFORE PURCHASING THIS PROPERTY.
OBVIOUSLY, FAILURE TO DO SO PRESENTS A RISK THAT DEFECTS & OR TERMITE DAMAGE OR INFESTATIONS MAY BE FOUND AT A LATER STAGE.
APPENDIX D of AS4349.1 list items that are EXCLUDED from a pre-purchase inspection and states the following -AS 4349.1 – Section 2.3.2 -Areas For Inspection – Areas where reasonable entry is denied to the inspector, or where reasonable access is not available, are excluded from and do not form part of the inspection. EXCLUSIONS INCLUDE the following;
- Footings below ground,
- Concealed damp proof courses,
- Electrical installations and wiring,
- Operation of smoke detectors,
- Light switches/fittings,
- TV, sound and communications and security systems,
- Concealed plumbing and pipes,
- Adequacy of roof drainage as installed,
- Gas fittings and fixtures,
- Air conditioning,
- Heating units,
- Automatic garage door mechanisms,
- Swimming pools and associated filtration and similar equipment,
- Pool barrier compliance,
- Operation of fireplaces and solid fuel heaters, including chimneys and flues,
- Alarm & intercom systems,
- Soft floor coverings,
- Electrical appliances including dishwashers, incinerators, ovens, ducted vacuum systems,
- Paint coverings except external protective coverings,
- Health hazards (allergies, soil toxicity,
- Lead content, radon, asbestos, or urea formaldehyde),
- Timber and metal framing sizes and adequacy,
- Concealed tie-downs and bracings,
- Timber pest activity,
- Other mechanical or electrical equipment such as gates and inclinators,
- Soil conditions,
- Control joints,
- Sustainable development provisions,
- Concealed framing timbers or any areas concealed by wall linings/sidings,
- Floor linings, floor tiles,
- Floor cover,
- Furniture and accessories,
- Stored items, insulation,
- Environmental matters eg basix, water tanks,
- NCA environmental provisions,
- Energy efficiency,
- Lighting efficiency,
- Water pressure.
WALLS – Bulging, uneven, nails popping, defective lining, cracking, dampness and damp damage, distortion verticality, drummy plaster and render.
TIMBER FLOORS – Damage, decay, a visual only assessment for unevenness of floors (Note: levels are not assessed on carpeted floors as can be inaccurate & furniture can restrict an accurate assessment), dampness, damp damage, floor movement such as spring and bounce (note furniture, beds etc may cause areas to be missed). Typically older homes that have been restumped may be out of level due to the stumping firm not levelling to the perfect due to concerns regarding wall and ceiling cracking. This unevenness does not constitute a major structural defect in most circumstances.
CONCRETE FLOORS – Cracking, Surface damage, Out of level, dampness and damp damage.
TIMBER WINDOWS – Putty, broken or cracked glass, sash operation, sash fittings and hardware, water staining, decaying frames and sashes.
METAL FRAMED WINDOWS – Glazing seals, broken or cracked glass, sash operation, sash fittings and hardware, water staining and corrosion.
DOORS AND FRAMES – Binding doors, defective door hardware – corroded or decayed frames, damaged doors, Loose or badly fitting doors.
KITCHEN – Benchtop – lifting or delamination, damage water damage. Cupboards – Water Damage, operation of drawers and doors. Sink/Taps – Chips, cracks, leaking etc, Water supply to be turned on and taps opened. Tiles – Drummy, cracked, loose missing, grouting and sealant.
BATHROOMS – Cistern and Pan – Cracking, leaking, installation and stability, water supply to be turned on and the cisterns flushed. Bidet – Cracking, leaking, installation and stability, water supply to be turned on and the bidet flushed. Taps – Leaking, water supply to be turned on and taps operated. Tiles – Drummy, cracked, loose, grouting and sealant. Bath – Damage, adequately sealed and properly recessed at the junction and wall. Shower – Visual signs of leakage, screen, broken glass, water supply to be turned on and the shower operated. Vanity – Damage, doors and drawers. Washbasin – Damage, Loose, waste trap, water supply to be turned on and the taps operated. Ventilation operating. Mirrors – Cracking Edging.
LAUNDRY – Taps – operation, leaking, water hammer, water supply to be turned on and taps operated. Tubs/Cabinet – Condition. Tiles -Drummy, cracked, loose, grouting and sealant.
STAIRS – Stringer, handrails,/balusters, newell posts, treads and risers.
DAMP PROBLEMS – Rising, falling, condensation, horizontal or laterally, penetrating damp.
TIMBER OR STEEL FRAMES AND STRUCTURES – Defects.
CHIMNEYS – Verticality, flashing, brickwork deterioration.
STAIRS – Structure integrity, looseness, safety issues.
RAISED STRUCTURES – Balconies Verandas, Patios, Decks, Suspended Concrete floors, Balustrades – Structure, integrity, looseness, safety issues.
ROOF – Tiles, shingles, slates, sheet roofing, gables, roof flashing – cracked, broken, loose, decay, rusting, nails popping.
SKY LIGHTS VENTS FLUES – Flashing, damages, moss build up.
VALLEYS – Rust, mortar deterioration.
GUTTERING – Rust, ponding, debris.
DOWNPIPES – Rust, visible connection to storm pipe, clips.
EAVES FASCIA BARGES – Defects
ROOF FRAMING – physical damage, deterioration, inappropriate modification.
SARKING – Integrity.
PARTY WALLS – Integrity.
INSULATION – installed or not.
SUSPENDED CONCRETE FLOORS – eg Deterioration.
RETAINING WALLS – retaining walls supporting other structures. Landscaping retaining walls more than 700 mm high.
PATHS AND DRIVEWAYS – eg Subsidence, integrity trips hazards.
STEPS – eg Subsidence, integrity trips hazards.
FENCING – General fencing – eg Inappropriate loading.
SWIMMING POOL BARRIER – Self Closing & self latching gate.
SURFACE WATER – Drainage Effectiveness – eg – ponding of water against structures.
Inspection & Report: The inspection will be of the Building Elements as outlined in Appendix C of AS4349.1-2007 except for Strata title properties where the inspection will be according to Appendix B of AS4349.1-2007.
- Where you require only an assessment of the structure of the property, the scope of the inspection shall be limited to appendix A. A structural inspection must be agreed to prior to the inspection of the property.
- Upon receipt of a pre-purchase agreement or Building Inspection Booking Form via online (Pressing Submit in the Book Now section of this site) we will carry out the inspection & report ordered by you in accordance with this agreement & you agree to pay the agreed fee for the inspection.
- In ordering the inspection, you agree that the inspection will be carried out in accordance with the following clauses, which define the scope & limitations of the inspection and the report.
The purpose of the inspection is to provide advice to a prospective purchaser regarding the condition of the property at the date & time of inspection.
Areas for Inspection shall cover all safe & accessible areas.
The inspection shall comprise a visual only assessment of the items listed in Appendix C to AS4349.1- 2007 for the structures within 30 metres of the building and within the site boundaries. See Appendix C below.
Subject to safe & reasonable access the Inspection will normally report on the condition of each of the following areas:
- The interior of the dwelling.
- The roof void.
- The roof exterior from a ladder on each accessible elevation.
- The sub floor.
- The Exterior of the dwelling.
We do not move or remove items in the home to assess including furniture, carpet, tiles, walls, rugs, personal items and the like.
The sub floor will not be entered where the space to inspect or enter is less than the following: access door must be at least 400 mm x 400 mm and within the sub floor there is at least 800 mm x 800 mm Unobstructed crawl space between the soil and the floor frame.
The roof void will not be entered where the space to inspect or enter is less than the following: access door must be at least 500 mm x 500 mm with no framing directly above the entry door and there needs to be at least 1500 mm x 1500 mm unobstructed crawl space.
Wet roofs & high pitched roofs will not be walked on. Roofs over 2 meters in height from finished ground level will not be walked on due to Occupational Health & Safety Regulations. Control Measures as per Section 41 of Compliance Code – Work Safe Victoria states passive fall prevention devices are required for potential falls of 2 meters or more. This includes Scaffolds, perimeter screens, step platforms, permitter guard rails, elevated work platforms guard railing edges of roofs and safety mesh. We will inspect each elevation of roofing from a 3.6 meter ladder but due to above Work Safe Compliance codes we will not walk on pitched roofing.
Sub floor areas sprayed with Chemicals should not be inspected unless it is safe to do so.
The inspector will report on Major Defects and Safety Hazards evident and visible on the date and time of the inspection. The report will also provide a general assessment of the property and collectively comment on Minor Defects which would form a normal part of property maintenance. Not every single minor defect will be reported on. As per AS 4349.1 – Page 5 – The inspection is not intended to include a rigorous assessment of all building elements in a property. For example, if there is paint deterioration on multiple windows or weather boards, 10-15 mm floor level unevenness, timber fungal decay in multiple fencing posts and rails we do not report and photograph every window, fence or weatherboard.
The Inspection WILL NOT involve any invasive inspection including cutting, breaking apart, dismantling, removing or moving objects including, but not limited to, roofing, wall and ceiling sheeting, ducting, foliage, tree branches, plants, mouldings, pump covers, debris, roof insulation, sarking, sisalation, floor or wall coverings, sidings, fixtures, floors, pavers, furnishings, appliances or personal possessions.
The Inspection and Report compares the inspected building 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 durability.
The Inspection excludes the inside of walls, between floors, inside skillion (flat roof) roofing, inside the eaves, behind stored goods in cupboards, and other areas that are concealed or obstructed. The inspector WILL NOT dig, gouge, force or perform any other invasive procedures, remove furniture, rugs, tables, beds, refrigerators or washing machines to inspect areas.
The Report is not a certificate of compliance that the property complies with the requirements of any Act, regulation, ordinance, local law or bylaw, or as a warranty or an insurance policy against problems developing with the building in the future.
The Building Inspection WILL NOT look for or report on Timber Pest Activity. You need to order a timber pest inspection. If You ordered a Timber Pest Inspection, please Read Terms and Conditions of same below. If you did not order a Pre-Purchase Timber Pest Inspection, You should have an inspection carried out in accordance with AS 4349.3-2010 Timber Pest Inspections.
In the event that Timber Pest Damage is found then it will be reported. The inspector will only report on the damage which is visible.
ASBESTOS: No inspection for asbestos will be carried out at the property and no report on the presence or absence of asbestos will be provided. lf during the course of the Inspection asbestos or materials containing asbestos happened to be noticed then this may be noted in the general remarks section of the report. -lf asbestos is noted as present within the property then you agree to seek advice from a qualified asbestos removal expert as to the amount and importance of the asbestos present and the cost sealing or of removal.
MOULD (MILDEW) AND NON-WOOD DECAY FUNGI DISCLAIMER: No inspection or report will be made for Mould (Mildew) and non-wood decay fungi.
ESTIMATING DISCLAIMER: Any estimates provided in the Report are merely opinions of possible costs that could be encountered, based on the knowledge and experience of the inspector, and are not estimates in the sense of being a calculation of the likely costs to be incurred. The estimates are NOT a guarantee or quotation for work to be carried out. The inspector accepts no liability for any estimates provided throughout this report. Where they occur you agree to obtain and rely on independent quotations for the same work.
If the property to be inspected is occupied then you must be aware that furnishings or household items may be concealing evidence of problems, which may only be revealed when the items are moved or removed.
The inspection WILL NOT cover or REPORT the items listed in Appendix D to AS4349. 1-2007 which includes but is not limited to, the condition or operation of swimming pools, swimming pool fencing/gates, spas or their surroundings, rainwater or grey water tanks or treatment and similar facilities; Condition, adequacy or compliance of electrical, gas and plumbing systems including roof plumbing, underground pipes or drainage systems, Operation adequacy or compliance of security and communications systems, smoke detectors, building services, building automation, electrically operated doors including garage doors, plant equipment, mechanical, gas or electrical appliances and fittings; timber framing or metal framing sizes and adequacy; Compliance with legal, planning, regulatory including Building Code of Australia, sustainability or environmental matters including but not limited to the adequacy or safety of insulation, rising damp, waterproof membranes and/or other installations, Bushfire Attack Level assessments.
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 as detailed in Appendix B in AS4349.1-2007. Therefore it is advised that the client obtain an inspection of common areas prior to any decision to purchase. We do not assess flammability of cladding which has been an issue in Victoria. For more information please check the Victorian Building Authority website – www.vba.vic.gov.au/cladding.
The inspection and Report WILL NOT report on any defects which may not be apparent due to prevailing weather conditions at the time of the inspection. Such defects may only become apparent in differing weather conditions, for example leaking roof, leaking gutters, leaking downpipes, drainage blocking, surface water drainage and the like.
You agree that we cannot accept any liability for our failure to report a defect that was concealed by the owner of the building being inspected and you agree to indemnify us for any failure to find such concealed defects. For example, defects behind or under beds, refrigerators, washing machines, rugs, carpet, stored items in cupboards or against walls and the like. The adequacy of water proofing, sealed showers / wet areas may not be able to be identified if has not been used for some time or full access is not available under these wet areas.
Where our report recommends another type of inspection or further assessment by another tradesperson or contractor including an invasive inspection and report or other assessment then you must have such an inspection carried out prior to the exchange of contracts or end of cooling-off period. If you fail to follow our recommendations then you agree and accept that you may suffer a financial loss and indemnify us against all losses that you incur resulting from your failure to act on our advice.
The Report is prepared and presented, unless stated otherwise, under the assumption that the existing use of the building will continue as a Residential property.
Photographs are not required to be included in the report. Not every defect is photographed. A photograph of one defect, for example timber rot in weatherboards does not mean there are no other areas of rot at the dwelling.
In the event any litigation is brought about as a result of the inspection and/or report, you indemnify us against any legal fees and expenses incurred where you have not first allowed Us the opportunity to visit the property to investigate the complaint and provide you with a written response within 28 days.
THIRD PARTY DISCLAIMER: We will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense, whatsoever, suffered or incurred by any Person other than you in connection with the use of the Inspection Report provided pursuant to this agreement by that Person for any purpose or in any way, including the use of this report for any purpose connected with the sale, purchase, or use of the Property or the giving of security over the Property, to the extent permissible by law. The only Person to whom we may be liable and to whom losses arising in contract or tort sustained may be payable by us is the Client named on the face page of this Agreement.
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. lf we give our permission it may be subject to conditions such as payment of a further fee by the other Person and agreement from this other Person to comply with this clause.
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 in-directly from the unauthorised provision or sale of the Report by You to a Person without Our express written permission.
Acceptance Criteria: 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 & serviceability.
Access hole (cover) means an opening in the structure to allow for safe entry to carry out an inspection.
Accessible area means an area of the site where sufficient safe and reasonable access is available to allow inspection within the scope of the inspection.
Building Element means a portion of a building that, by itself or in combination with other such parts, fulfils a characteristic function.
Client means the person(s) or other legal entity for which the inspection is to be carried out. lf 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 fault or deviation from the intended condition of the material, assembly or component.
Inspector means the person or organisation responsible for carrying out the inspection. (See also (Our/Us/Me” below)
Limitation means any factor that prevents full achievement of the purpose of the inspection.
Major defect means a defect of sufficient 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.
Person means any individual, company, partnership or association who is not a Client.
Property means the structures and boundaries etc. up to thirty (30m) metres from the exterior walls of the main building but within the boundaries of the land on which the main building is erected.
Report means the document and any attachments issued to you by us following our inspection of the property.
Structural Inspection means the inspection shall comprise visual assessment of accessible areas of the property to identify major defects to the building structure and to form an opinion regarding the general condition of the structure of the property. The Report will not include those items noted in Clause A3 of AS 4349.1-2007.
Safe and Reasonable Access does not include the use of destructive or invasive inspection methods or moving furniture, stored goods, rugs, pictures, plants, shrubs, trees, garden soil or bark.
The Standard defines the extent of safe and reasonable access as follows:
“The extent of accessible areas shall be determined by the inspector at the time of inspection, based on the conditions encountered at the time of the inspection. The inspector shall also determine whether sufficient space is available to allow safe access. The inspection shall include only accessible areas and areas that are within the inspector’s line of sight and close enough to enable reasonable appraisal.”
Reasonable access does not include the cutting of access holes or the removal of screws and bolts or any other fastenings or sealants to access covers.
Sub floor areas sprayed with Chemicals should not be inspected unless it is safe to do so.
Our/Us/We, means the company, partnership or individual named below that you have requested to carry out the property inspection and report.
You/Your means the party identified on the face page of this agreement as the Client, and where more than one party all such parties jointly and severally, together with any agent of that party.
You agree that in signing this agreement, or marking “I agree,” you have read and understood the contents of this agreement and that the inspection will be carried out in accordance with this document.
This is an Agreement Form is supplied in accordance with the Australian Standards 4349.3 – 2010
You need to carefully read these terms and conditions carefully has they relate to what we do and do not do for a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection (Scope of a Pre Purchase Timber Pest Inspections)
After completing the Booking Form and Read the Terms and Conditions you can Submit the Booking Form and we will organise your inspections. Signing the document is not required but we strongly suggest the agreement forms be carefully read so that there is no confusion as to what we are required to do and what we do and don’t carry out during these inspections.
If You fail to return the copy to Us and do not cancel the requested inspection then You agree that this document forms the agreement between You and Us. We will carry out the inspection and report as ordered by You in accordance with this agreement and You agree to pay for the inspection and report.
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 the inspection and the report.
All inspections (whether in accord with AS 4349.3-2010 or AS 3660.2-2000) will be a non–invasive visual inspection and will be limited to those areas and sections of the property to which Reasonable Access (see definitions below) is both available and permitted on the date and time of Inspection.
The inspector may use a probe or screwdriver to tap and sound some timbers and may use a sharp knife to carry out some `splinter testing’ on structural timbers in the sub-floor and/or roof void. Splinter testing WILL NOT be carried out where the inspection is being carried out for a Client who is a purchaser and not the owner of the property being inspected. The inspector may use a moisture meter to check moisture levels in walls that back onto wet areas such as showers etc. Other than these areas the moisture meter will not be used on other surfaces except where the visual inspection indicates that there may be a need to further test the area.
The inspector CANNOT see or inspect inside walls, between floors, inside skillion roofing, inside the eaves, behind stored goods in cupboards, in other areas that are concealed or obstructed. Insulation in the roof void may conceal the ceiling timbers and make inspection of the area unsafe. The inspector WILL NOT dig, gouge, force or perform any other invasive procedures. An invasive inspection will not be performed unless a separate contract is entered into.
If the property to be inspected is occupied then You should be aware that furnishings or household items may be concealing evidence of Timber Pests, which may only be revealed when the items are moved or removed. In some cases the concealment may be deliberate.
All inspections (whether in accord with AS 4349.3-2010 or AS 3660.2-2000) will be a non–invasive visual inspection and will be limited to those areas and sections of the property to which Reasonable Access (see definitions below) is both available and permitted on the date and time of Inspection.
The inspection WILL NOT involve any invasive inspection including cutting, breaking apart, dismantling, removing or moving objects including, but not limited to, roofing, wall and ceiling sheeting, ducting, foliage, mouldings, debris, roof insulation, sarking, sisalation, floor or wall coverings, sidings, fixtures, floors, pavers, furnishings, appliances or personal possessions.
The Inspection will not cover any other pests and the Report will not comment on them. Dry wood termites (Family: KALOTERMITIDAE) and European House Borer (Hylotrupes bujulus Linnaeus) will be excluded from the Inspection.
The inspection will report any evidence of a termite treatment that happens to be found. Where evidence of a treatment is reported then the Client should assume that the treatment was applied as a curative and not as a preventative. You should obtain a statement from the owner as to any treatments that have been carried out to the property. It is important to obtain copies of any paperwork issued.
MOULD: Mildew and non-wood decay fungi is commonly known as Mould and is not considered a Timber Pest. However, Mould and their spores may cause health problems or allergic reactions such as asthma and dermatitis in some people. No inspection for Mould will be carried out at the property and no report on the presence or absence of Mould will be provided. Should any evidence of Mould happen to be noticed during the inspection, it will be noted in the General Remarks section of this report. If Mould is noted as present within the property and you are concerned as to the possible health risk resulting from its presence then you should seek advice from your local Council, State or Commonwealth Government Health Department or a qualified expert such as an Industry Hygienist.
If Timber Pest activity and/or damage are found, within the structures or the grounds of the property, then damage may exist in concealed areas, eg framing timbers. In this case an invasive inspection is strongly recommended. Damage may only be found when wall linings, cladding or insulation are removed to reveal previously concealed timber. You agree that neither We nor the individual conducting the Inspection is responsible or liable for the repair of any damage whether disclosed by the report or not.
In the event any litigation is brought as a result of the inspection and/or report, you indemnify us against any legal fees and expenses incurred where you have not first allowed Us the opportunity to visit the property to investigate the complaint and provide you with a written response within 28 days.
High moisture readings means a reading on a moisture meter that is higher that the norm for other parts of the structure. Such high reading should be investigated by invasive means as the presence could indicate a leak or may indicate timber pest activity and damage.
Client means the person(s) who requests the report. If ordered by the client’s Agent then it is agreed that the Agent represents the client and has the authority to act for and on behalf of the client.
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