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INSPECTOR GROUP PTY LTD

Website: http://www.inspectorgroup.com.au
Inspector's email: peter@inspectorgroup.com.au
Inspector: Peter Hopfinger
Building Surveyor & Timber Pest Inspector
Registration Number: 2194

Mob: 0414 607 240

 

Building & Timber Pest- Inspection Report

Client(s):  Sue Conyard
Property address:  15 Tranquil Road
Kelmscott, WA
Inspection date:  Monday, July 03, 2017

This report published on Monday, July 03, 2017 2:40:50 PM WST

This report is the exclusive property of this inspection company and the client(s) listed in the report title. Use of this report by any unauthorized persons is prohibited.

Other information:
If you have any questions about the report, please feel free to contact us.




How to Read this Report
This report is organized by the property's functional areas.  Within each functional area, descriptive information is listed first and is shown in bold type.  Items of concern follow descriptive information. Concerns are shown and sorted according to these types:
Structural DefectSection Nr. 7.6 of the Standard REIWA Contract: Further deterioration of the building structure or unsafe conditions or does not comply with the Australian Standards
Significant DefectSignificant Defect but Not a structural defect
MaintainRecommend ongoing maintenance
Further investigationRecommend evaluation by a specialist
MonitorRecommend monitoring in the future
-Info-O.K
CommentComment
Damagelittle damaged areas caused by previous wood destroying insects, moisture or organisms (Rot, carpenter ant galleries, etc.) .
Conducive conditionsConditions conducive for wood destroying insects or organisms (Wood-soil contact, shrubs in contact with siding, roof or plumbing leaks, etc.)

Click here for a glossary of building construction terms.Contact your inspector If there are terms that you do not understand, or visit the glossary of construction terms at http://www.reporthost.com/glossary.asp

Table of Contents
GENERAL INFORMATION AND CONSTRUCTION STYLE
ASBESTOS
SUBFLOOR
CARPORT
FENCING AND RETAINING WALLS
ROOF COVERING
INTERNAL WALLS, DOORS, WINDOWS
CEILINGS
CONDITION OF FLOOR
DECKING
RUST AND CORROSION
SHOWERS AND BATHROOMS
MOISTURE AND MOULD
ELECTRIC/ WIRING
GENERAL PLUMBING
INTERNAL TIMBER PEST INSPECTION CLEARANCE
EXTERNAL TIMBER PEST INSPECTION CLEARANCE
TERMITE BARRIER AND TREATMENT
CONDUCTIVE CONDITIONS TO TERMITE ATTACK
TERMITES: DEGREE OF RISK
NEXT RECOMMENDED TERMITE INSPECTION
CONDITION OF THE PROPERTY
EXCLUSION OF ITEMS FROM INSPECTION
UNDETECTED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE RISK ASSESSMENT
RANDOM PICTURES

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GENERAL INFORMATION AND CONSTRUCTION STYLE
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Important Information: Australian Standard AS4349.1-2007 Inspection of Buildings> Pre Purchase Inspections- Residential Buildings recognises that a property inspection report is not a warranty against problems developing with the building in the future. This report provides a professional opinion and is, to the best of our knowledge, accurate. It is however based on one relatively short inspection only and we do not warrant that there are no other defects present.

1) - General Description of the Property and Site

The building is a single residence. The design of the property is timber frame and tin roof. The following materials were used: Brick piers and brick foundation, with a conventionally framed timber roof with metal roofing. A major overhaul of this unrenovated property is recommended for long term improvement.

ASBESTOS
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2) Comment - Based on the appearance of the age of this structure, it's believed that the eave external wall cladding material contains asbestos. The EPA recommends leaving such material in place and undisturbed, and maintaining a paint coat for encapsulation. Modern cement-based siding with no asbestos content, often with a similar appearance, is available for repairs when needed. The client should be aware that this siding may contain asbestos when considering repairing or replacing it. At that time or before if the client has concerns, consult with a qualified abatement specialist and/or testing lab.
Generally, it´s not possible to determine whether a material contains asbestos by simple looking at it. The only way to be sure it contains asbestos is to get a sample analysed by a NATA ( National Association of Testing Authorities Australia) accredited laboratory

SUBFLOOR
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3) Structural Defect - One brick support in the subfloor area below the house is leaning markedly out of alignment and has caused cracking to the internal walls and movement of the building. Additional support is required to prevent further problems to the house.
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CARPORT
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4) Significant Defect - The carport in the front area seems unstable and requires some structural work to avoid a possible collapse during high wind. There is also some wood rot evident to the structural posts.
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FENCING AND RETAINING WALLS
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5) Monitor - The retaining wall to the left hand side of this property is out of plumb and is leaning considerably.
The retaining wall appeared to be serviceable, but recommend monitoring it in the future. Further leaning may occur and the retaining wall may need significant repairs or replacement at some point. Note that such repairs are often expensive.
There are also some other retaining walls which are leaning and maintenance is recommended.
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ROOF COVERING
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6) Significant Defect - Some of the roof sheets and flashings in the front area had not been tied down to the existing roof structure as required to prevent it being blown away during severe weather conditions. Some fixing screws are too short and not long enough to penetrate the roof timbers.

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7) - Debris has accumulated in gutters. This is a conducive condition for wood destroying insects since gutters may overflow and cause water to come in contact with the structure's exterior or make water accumulate around the foundation. Gutters should be cleaned now and as necessary in the future.
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INTERNAL WALLS, DOORS, WINDOWS
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8) Maintain - Some of the wall cladding became loose and requires refixing. Also, some of the windows will require some maintenance. As mentioned before, there are some large cracks visible to the foundation walls which have been caused by foundation settlement.
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CEILINGS
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9) Further investigation - Ceiling undulation due to settling over time were noted to the original ceiling linings. These conditions may have been caused by deterioration of the ceiling straps or other fixing methods which had resulted in the plasterglass ceiling detaching from the ceiling joist framing.

Note: Whilst this is not considered an immediate repair the deflection is an ongoing process and re strapping of the ceilings is likely to be necessary for the future. Periodic maintenance may be required.
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CONDITION OF FLOOR
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10) - The floor tiles in the kitchen are cracked and will require replacement. Timber floors in more areas are not level. Significant repairs may be needed to make floors level, such as repairs to the foundation.This was thought not to be significant in structural terms.
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DECKING
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11) Significant Defect - There are some general undulations to the original decking evident. Termite damaged timber was also noted. The damage had occurred in structural posts.
It should be noted that the post has damage more (more as 1/3) and those timbers should be removed and replaced with similar size and strength piece of timber.

It is recommended to upgrade the decking to nowadays standards for safety and long term improvement.
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RUST AND CORROSION
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12) Maintain - The lintel of the bbq area is badly corroded and deformed.
This appears to be due to moisture accumulation on the steel. As steel corrodes, it expands. The expansion of the steel has caused cracking in the masonry.
Replacement of steel lintels and localised masonry replacement is likely to be necessary.
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13) Maintain - There are also some rusted roof fixings to the carport visible which should be replaced to avoid long term issues.
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SHOWERS AND BATHROOMS
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14) - The shower area is in particularly poor condition and a major renovation of the bathroom is recommended.

MOISTURE AND MOULD
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15) - Evidence of mould was found to this ceiling. These conditions have ben caused by missing insulation over this area. (the yellow colour indicated the missing insulation).

This is typically caused by high levels of moisture indoors coming in contact with cold, exterior surfaces, and can be controlled by heating and ventilation.
Recommend the following:
  • Keep bathroom doors closed when showering.
  • Avoid hanging wet clothes indoors to dry.
  • Update insulation in the roof space where missing.
  • Use mould resistant paint

The mould is only on the surface and easy to remove with mould remover.
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ELECTRIC/ WIRING
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16) Further investigation - There is only one Safety Switch installed. It was also noticed that there were no hardwired smoke alarms installed as required.
Info:
Under the new law, 2 RCDs (Residual Current Devices) are required to be installed at the time of the ownership is transferred and Mains powered smoke alarms are to be installed according to the building codes require for building classification 1a.

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17) - The accessible power points were tested at the time of this inspection and were found to be in satisfactory working order.

Tested with Power point and Earth Leakage Tester
What will be tested:
RCD 30 mA check, Wiring Test, Polarity check:

Polarity Check: O.K
RCD Check: O.K
Wiring Test: O.K
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GENERAL PLUMBING
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18) Maintain - The original plumbing requires some maintenance or replacement as there are leaks and rust evident to the metal piping. The drain pipe below the subfloor area is leaking and this is highly conducive to termite attack.
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INTERNAL TIMBER PEST INSPECTION CLEARANCE
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19) Comment - Accessible areas inside the house:
No evidence of activity from wood destroying insects or organisms (Live bodies, fungal growth, etc.) in the house or below the subfloor area.


Termites are secretive by nature and they will often temporarily desert their workings to later return. It is not possible, without benefit of further investigation and a number of inspections over a period of time, to ascertain whether any infestation is active or inactive. Active termites may simply have not been present at the time of inspection due to a prior disturbance, climatic conditions, or they may have been utilising an alternative feeding source. Continued regular inspections are essential.
Furthermore, it is never possible to conclusively determine that a property is free of Timber Pests
The Timber Pest Inspector is looking at the subject property at a moment in time. The Timber Pest Inspector does not have the benefit of knowing the property history. Timber Pests are not static but dynamic and can often infest properties in a remarkably short space of time.
Most buildings have some potential for concealed termite entry. The potential arises from building design and construction issues, site conditions, building maintenance and building faults. It is often only possible to detect these areas after infestation has occurred.
Therefore an inspection in compliance with this Code of Practice is not a guarantee that a property does not have or will not sustain Timber Pest attack or damage.
In addition to standard instrument testing, tests were also carried out using a thermal imaging camera, i.e. an instrument used to provide a thermal map of the heat energy radiated from visible surfaces to aid in the detection of excessive moisture and termite activity. However, no evidence of an unusual hot spot to the underside of the ceiling joists which might indicate a termite nest or termite activity was found.
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EXTERNAL TIMBER PEST INSPECTION CLEARANCE
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20) Damage - No visible evidence of active subterranean termites or other wood destroying insects to accessible areas at the time of inspection. Damaged areas caused by previous inactive wood destroying insects, was found to several areas around the property.
Under test conditions, it was revealed that the termite workings were inactive (i.e. the
 absence of live termites at the time of inspection)

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TERMITE BARRIER AND TREATMENT
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21) Maintain - A termite protection notice was found in the meter box. It seems that the chemical barrier has expired. There is a high risk that the original termite barrier is not efficient enough to protect the house from termites
Recommend to install chemical non-repellent termite barrier around the house.
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CONDUCTIVE CONDITIONS TO TERMITE ATTACK
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22) Conducive conditions - External cladding and framing is in contact with the ground. This can allow concealed termite entry and we recommend modifications be made so that ground contact does not occur.

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23) - A termite protection is essential for this type of construction.

TERMITES: DEGREE OF RISK
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24) - The Overall degree of risk to Timber Pest Infestation:

The overall degree of risk of Timber Pest Infestation to this property appears to be Moderate to High -


The Overall degree of risk of Timber Pest Infestation is a subjective assessment by the inspector at the time of the inspection taking into account many factors which include but are in no way limited to location and proximity to bushland and trees, the presence of evidence of timber pest damage or activity close to the inspected structure or within the inspected structure, conducive conditions that raise the potential of timber pest attack such as timbers in contact with soil, inaccessible areas, slab on ground construction etc, or other factors that in the inspectors opinion, raise the risk of future timber pest attack. It should be noted that even if a risk factor is high, this is not meant to deter a purchaser from purchasing the property, it is just to make them aware that increased vigilance is warranted and any recommendations regarding reducing conducive conditions or frequency of inspections should be headed by any property owner.


NEXT RECOMMENDED TERMITE INSPECTION
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25) Comment - The next inspection to help detect termite attack is recommended in 6 months.
Important Note. Australian Standard AS 3660 recognises that regular inspections will not prevent termite attack, but may help in the detection of termite activity. Early detection will allow remedial treatment to be commenced sooner and damage to be minimised.
Where the termite risk is high or the building type susceptible to termite attack, more frequent inspections (3-6 months) should be undertaken.

CONDITION OF THE PROPERTY
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26) -Info- - The Quality and workmanship in this property in comparison to the average condition of similar buildings of approximately the same age were considered:

AVERAGE

27) -Info- - The incidence of defects in this property in comparison to the average condition of similar buildings of approximately the same age that have been reasonably well maintained was considered:

AVERAGE

EXCLUSION OF ITEMS FROM INSPECTION
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28) Comment - Timber wall frame was not visible due to wall cladding.
Termite activity is usually hidden within timbers and many timbers are concealed from inspection, eg by wall linings.

Therefore, it is frequently impossible to determine the full extent of any termite activity without performing additional invasive inspection procedures.
In addition to standard instrument testing, tests were also carried out using a thermal imaging camera, i.e. an instrument used to provide a thermal map of the heat energy radiated from visible surfaces to aid in the detection of excessive moisture and termite activity. However, no evidence of an unusual hot spot to the wall linings which might indicate a termite nest or termite activity.

29) - Areas of the roof is cathedral type construction where the ceilings follow the roof contour and no roof void present for inspection.

30) - Floor coverings present and no inspection conducted to underside of any floor coverings.

31) - Widespread> Not all areas of the subfloor could be inspected due to lack of access.

UNDETECTED STRUCTURAL DAMAGE RISK ASSESSMENT
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32) Comment - However, due to the level of accessibility for inspection including the presence of obstructions, the overall degree of risk of undetected Structural and Termite Damage and Conditions Conducive to Structural Damage was considered.

High (See recommendation below)

Recommendation: Where the risk is considered Moderate or Moderate-High or High, a further inspection is strongly recommended of areas that were not readily accessible and of inaccessible or obstructed areas once access has been provided or the obstruction removed.
This may require the moving, lifting or removal of obstructions such as floor coverings, furniture, stored items foliage und insulation.
In some instances, it may also require the removal of ceiling and wall linings, and the cutting of traps and access holes. For further advice consult the person who carried out this report.

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A pre-purchase inspection should not be construed to be any of the following:
1. A complete code compliance inspection. Commenting upon codes and standards is beyond the scope of a typical pre purchase inspection
Such an inspection is a practical impossibility for any existing construction, since it is dependent on many things that cannot be seen, and on the status of codes that were applicable at the time the building was built. Again:This report is not intended to advise on the compliance of any past and current regulations and codes but to advise on the structure only.
2. A fire safety inspection (unless otherwise specifically requested).
3. We don't check appliances (unless specifically requested)
4. We don't check for any council approvals. Building Regulation approval should be sought from the Local Authority.

Section 1. Building Inspection Agreement. Section 2. Timber Pest Inspection Agreement.
SECTION 1

Building Inspection Agreement
TYPE OF PROPOSED INSPECTION ORDERED BY YOU:
This Report has been produced for the use of the Client.The Consultant or their firm or company are not liable for any reliance placed on this report by any third party
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.
A copy of the appropriate Standard with Appendices may be obtained from Standards Australia (www.saiglobal.com/shop) at Your cost.
Upon receipt of Your acceptance of this agreement, the Building Inspection Provider service will carry out the inspection and report ordered by You in accordance with this agreement and You agree to pay for the inspection and the report on or before delivery of the 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.
SCOPE OF THE INSPECTION & THE REPORT
1.
The Inspection will be carried out in accordance with AS4349.1-2007. The purpose of the inspection is to provide advice to a prospective purchaser regarding the condition of the property at the date and time of inspection. Areas for Inspection shall cover all safe and accessible areas.
2.
The inspection shall comprise a visual 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 including fences.
3.
Subject to safe and reasonable access (See Definitions below) the Inspection will normally report on the condition of each of the following areas: -
- The interior
- The roof void
- The exterior
- The subfloor
- The roof exterior
4.
The inspector will report individually 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.
5.
Where a Major Defect has been identified, the inspector will give an opinion as to why it is a Major defect and specify its location.

LIMITATIONS
6.
The Inspector will conduct a non–invasive visual inspection which will be limited to those accessible areas and sections of the property to which Safe and Reasonable Access (see Definitions below) is both available and permitted on the date and time of the inspection. Areas where reasonable entry is denied to the inspector, or where safe and reasonable access is not available, are excluded from and do not form part of, the inspection. Those areas may be the subject of an additional inspection upon request following the provision or reasonable entry and access.
7.
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, insulation, floor or wall coverings, sidings, fixtures, floors, pavers, furnishings, appliances or personal possessions.
8.
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.
9.
The Inspection excludes the inside of walls, between floors, inside skillion 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.
10.
The Report is not a certificate of compliance that the property complies with the requirements of any Act, regulation, ordinance, local law or by-law, or as a warranty or an insurance policy against problems developing with the building in the future.
11.
The “Building” Inspection WILL NOT look for or report on Timber Pest Activity. You should have an inspection carried out in accordance with AS 4349.3-1998 Timber Pest Inspections, by a fully qualified, licensed and insured Timber Pest Inspector.
12.
If Timber Pest Damage is found then it will be reported. The inspector will only report on the damage which is visible.
13.
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. If 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. If 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.
14.
MOULD (MILDEW) AND NON-WOOD DECAY FUNGI DISCLAIMER: No inspection or report will be made for Mould (Mildew) and non-wood decay fungi.
15.
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.
16.
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. Where the Report says the property is occupied You agree to:
a) Obtain a statement from the owner as to
i. any Timber Pest activity or damage;
ii. timber repairs or other repairs
iii. alterations or other problems to the property known to them
iv. any other work carried out to the property including Timber Pest treatments
v. obtain copies of any paperwork issued and the details of all work carried out
b) Indemnify the Inspector from any loss incurred by You relating to the items listed in clause a) above where no such statement is obtained.
17.
The Inspection Will not cover or report the items listed in Appendix D to AS4349.1-2007.
18.
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.
19.
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.
20.
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.
21.
Where Our report recommends another type of inspection including an invasive inspection and report then You should 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.
22.
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.
GENERALLY
23.
In the event of a dispute or a claim arising out of, or relating to the inspection or the report, or any alleged negligent act, error or omission on Our part or on the part of the inspector conducting the inspection, either party may give written notice of the dispute or claim to the other party. If the dispute is not resolved within fourteen (14) days from the service of the written notice then either party may refer the dispute or claim to an independent mediator. The cost shall be met equally by both parties or as agreed as part of the mediation settlement. Should the dispute or claim not be resolved by mediation then one or other of the parties may refer the dispute or claim to the Institute of Arbitrators and Mediators of Australia who will appoint an Arbitrator who will resolve the dispute by arbitration. The Arbitrator will also determine what costs each of the parties are to pay.
24.
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
Note: In the ACT under the Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Act 2003 and Civil Law (Sale of Residential Property) Regulations 2004 the report resulting from this inspection may be passed to the purchaser as part of the sale process providing it is carried out not more than three months prior to listing and is not more than six months old.
25.
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 other Person and agreement from the other Person 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.
26.
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.
27.
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.
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 and building inspection, the difficulties faced by the inspector and the contents of the Report which We will provide You following the Inspection.
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 and 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, fulfills a characteristic function.
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 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/We” 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 the 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 e.g. Condition of roof coverings, partition walls, cabinetry, doors, trims, fencing, minor structures, ceiling linings, windows, non-structural & serviceability damp issues, rising damp, condensation etc.
Safe and Reasonable Access does not include the use of destructive or invasive inspection methods or moving furniture or stored goods.
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.”
It also defines access to areas as defined in the Table below.
Access Table from AS 4349.1-2007

Area Access hole Crawl space Height

Roof interior 400mm x 500mm Crawl space: 600mm x 600mm Accessible from a 3.6m ladder

Roof Exterior Accessible from a 3.6m ladder
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Table Notes:
1.
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 provider inspection service allocated Your order.You/Your means the party identified on 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 by accepting this agreement, You have read and understand 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 or before delivery of the report.
If You fail to reply to this email 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.
Note: Additional inspection requirements requested by You may incur additional expense in regard to the cost of the inspection.
Are there Special Requirements / Conditions requested by the Client/Client’s Representative regarding the Inspection and Report: Refer to the order.
Cost of the Report including any requested Special Requirements/Conditions: As quoted

Section 2. Timber Pest Inspection
THIS IS A VISUAL INSPECTION ONLY in accord with the requirements of AS 4349.3-1998 -
Timber Pest Inspections.
This visual inspection is limited to those areas and sections of the property to which reasonable access (See Section 2.0 Reasonable Access) was both available and permitted on the date and time of Inspection. Inspection has been made in the areas where infestation is most likely to occur. The inspection DID NOT include breaking apart, dismantling, removing or moving objects including, but not limited to, foliage, mouldings, roof insulation/sisalation, floor or wall coverings, sidings, ceilings, floors, furnishings, appliances or personal possessions. The Inspector CANNOT see inside walls, between floors, inside skillion roofing, inside the eaves, behind stored goods in cupboards, or other areas that are concealed or obstructed. The inspector DID NOT dig, gouge, force or perform any other invasive procedures. In an occupied property it must be understood that furnishings or household items may be concealing evidence of Timber Pests or damage which may only be revealed when the items are removed. Inspection of fence lines and posts is restricted to those timbers above ground level and facing the property inspected. The inspection does not extend nor should comments be inferred in respect to timbers, palings, fence posts below ground level, or where timbers are obstructed by plant life or overgrowth or other materials which restrict or prevent physical bodily access. No inspection is inferred to areas of trees or external areas over 3.6 metres above the natural ground level. An Invasive Inspection will not be performed unless a separate contract is entered into.


Please feel free to contact the inspector who carried out this inspection. Often it is difficult to fully explain situations, problems, access difficulties or timber pest activity and/or damage in a manner that is readily understandable by the reader. Should you have any difficulty in understanding anything contained within this report then you should immediately contact the inspector and have the matter explained to you. If you have any questions at all or require any clarification then contact the inspector prior to acting on this report.

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