PROPERTY INSPECTIONS – RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS & TIMBER PEST INSPECTION REPORT
PLEASE READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE SIGNING THIS FORM
This form is to be completed by the Client. Special attention should be given to the Terms and Conditions set out in Clause A1 & A2. Use block letters or [X] where appropriate. Complete all relevant sections: non-completion may delay response.
SERVICE REQUESTED BY CLIENT
 PRE-PURCHASE STANDARD PROPERTY INSPECTION REPORT (Building 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. As per Australian Standards AS 4349.0 & AS 4349.1
 PRE-PURCHASE STANDARD TIMBER PEST DETECTION REPORT – INCLUDES THERMA CAM (Timber Pest Inspection)
The purpose of the inspection is to assist the Client to identify and understand any Timber Pest issues observed at the time of inspection. (See also Terms and Conditions – Service, Option 1 Page 4). As per Australian Standards AS 4349.0 & AS 4349.3
 SPECIAL PURPOSE REPORT: (Borer scope)
SPECIAL CONDITIONS OR INSTRUCTIONS
Are there any special conditions or instructions to be attached to this application? Yes No
Will the Client be providing any documents (e.g. council records such as approved house plans) to support this application?
Yes No If “Yes” specify below:
BUILDING CONSULTANT / TIMBER PEST DETECTION CONSULTANT (SCBPR)
NAME: Lian Building Consultancy
ADDRESS: 27 Leon St, Tingalpa QLD 4173 POSTAL ADDRESS: 27 Leon St, Tingalpa QLD 4173
PHONE: 0421 402 307 EMAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org
PHONE: MOBILE: FAX: EMAIL:
PROPERTY TO BE INSPECTED
STRUCTURES AND AREAS OF THE SITE TO BE INSPECTED (Specify):
PHONE: MOBILE: EMAIL:
STATEMENT OF CLIENT – Please read carefully before signing and see overleaf
The Client requests the Consultants SCBPR named above to inspect the property and furnish a Property Inspection and/ or Timber Pest Detection Report in accordance with the terms and conditions overleaf. The Client acknowledges that they have read and understood and agree to all the terms and conditions contained in this Pre-Engagement Inspection Agreement, as set out overleaf.
The Client agrees to pay SCBPR the full fee of $ (GST Inclusive) for the inspection/s prior to the report or any verbal information in relation to the report being given to the client.
Cancellation fees will be charged if the inspection is cancelled by the client or client’s representatives within a 24-hour period prior to the confirmed inspection date. Cancellation fees are 50% of the nominated inspection fee. ALL CANCELLATIONS MUST BE PHONED THROUGH WITH A SUPPORTING FAX OR EMAIL.
SIGNATURE OF CLIENT:……………………………………………………………………..DATE:…………………………… NAME OF PRINCIPAL FOR WHOM REPORT OBTAINED:
CLAUSE A1 – TERMS AND CONDITIONS FOR STANDARD PROPERTY INSPECTION (BUILDING REPORT)
- The Building Consultant and/or SCBPR reserves the right to reject any application at the consultant’s absolute discretion. In this event, any fees, deposit or other monies paid by the client will be refunded.
- The Building Consultant and/or SCBPR 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.
As requested by the Client, the inspection carried out by the Building Consultant (“the Consultant”) is to be based solely on one of the following options:
Option 1 A Pre-Purchase Standard Property Inspection 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 and is based on a visual examination of surface work (but excluding furniture and stored items), and the carrying out of Tests (see Limitation No 1 below).
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 or Option 2 as well as the particular requirements of the Client which are specified and where applicable attached to this document.
In respect of Option 1 and Option 2 above, unless otherwise agreed, the acceptance criteria against which the subject building will be assessed is: 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.
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 SCBPR before ordering the Report or on receipt of 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.
The Client acknowledges:
- ‘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 and/or SCBPR to carry out when ever necessary appropriate Tests.
- 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).
- The Report does not include the inspection and assessment of items or matters that do not fall within the Consultant’s direct expertise.
- The inspection only covers the Readily Accessible Areas of the property. The inspection does not include areas, which are inaccessible, not readily accessible or obstructed at the time of inspection. 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, builders debris, vegetation, pavements or earth.
- 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.
- The Report is to be produced for the use of the Client. The Consultant SCBPR is not liable for any reliance placed on the Report by any third party.
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; (See Clause A2) (Building Report Only)
- 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; including pool fence compliance;
- any appliances such as dishwashers, insinkerators, ovens, stoves, ducted vacuum systems, garage door openers; working order of hot water tank;
- 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, earthquakes 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.
SCBPR means Sunshine Coast Building & Pest Reports Pty Ltd.
Client means the person or persons, for whom the Inspection Report was carried out or their Principal (i.e. the person or persons for whom the report is being obtained).
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.
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. In the case of strata and company title properties, the inspection is limited to the interior and immediate exterior of the nominated residence and does not include inspection of common property.
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. Or where these clearances are not available, areas within the consultant’s unobstructed line of sight and within arm’s length. The roof spaces of buildings in Queensland can reach extreme temperatures during summer months, roof spaces will only be fully inspected as per the Australian standards if it is deemed safe on the day by the inspector. Thermal imaging cameras will be used to determine temperatures.
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
- 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.
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