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By: B.i.r  09-Dec-2011
Keywords: Building Inspection, Australian Standard, Dilapidation Reports

The purpose of the building inspection is to know what you are buying and where you stand. After all, it is your right. The building inspection can also determine inadequate or substandard workmanship by your builder.

Pre-purchase inspections are carried on properties of any age. Defects are found on most properties. The significance of the defects are assessed to qualify their impact on you. In maintaining the quality of the inspection and report,

Australian Standard AS4349.1

is used as the minimum requirement. The inspection is a visual examination of the accessible physical structures and systems of the property.

Areas inspected include:

  • Foundations
  • Walls, floors and ceilings
  • Sub-floor and floor framing
  • Roof framing
  • Windows and doors
  • Garages and outbuildings
  • Site drainage
  • Patios, decks, balconies and pergolas
  • Retaining walls, concrete paths and paving
  • Cabinets, built-in wardrobes
  • Roof covering
  • Gutters, downpipes and flashing
  • Skylights, roof penetrations and chimneys
  • Plumbing
  • Hot water service
  • Safety hazards

The purpose of the pest inspection is to establish the presence of timber-destroying insects, assessing any damage and the susceptibility of infestation by the timber pests. Your property's value may be diminished and repair work escalated if the pests are not detected in time.

The significance of the timber destroying pests are important to you and your property. No property is safe from termites. In Australia, termites are the cause of the greatest economic losses of the timber in service. Independent data compiled by State Forests shows 1 in 5 homes are attacked by termites at some stage in its life. Australia's subterranean termite species are the most destructive timber pests in the world. In fact it can take as little as three months for a termite colony to severely damage almost all of the timber in a home.

The timber destroying pests which are of concern to the inspector are: subterranean termites, borers of seasoned timbers and fungal decay.

In maintaining the quality of the inspection and report,

Australian Standard AS4349.3

is used as the minimum requirement. The inspection is a visual examination of the accessible physical structures of the property.

Areas inspected include:

  • The interior of the building
  • The exterior of the building
  • The roof space
  • The sub-floor space
  • The site
  • Structural framing timbers
  • Joinery and decorative timber
  • Ancillary structures
  • Attachments and outbuildings
  • Garden timbers

Dilapidation Reports are specifically aimed at property owners concerned about the effects of nearby construction on their homes or commercial buildings.

Dilapidation Reports are usually done in pairs; a detailed list of the various cracks or minor faults on a property is performed prior to adjacent or nearby construction.

Photos are taken during the inspection and any future damage inflicted upon your property during the nearby construction can then be pinpointed. A Dilapidation Report is a wise investment in your property’s structural well-being and the piece of mind it provides is invaluable.

Technical Reports cover numerous fields such as the construction of a building from the timber frames to its completion, poor workmanship by tradespeople, and locating and documenting concerns with all building elements. The inspector will thoroughly inspect the areas of concern, document and photograph the defects, and report on the best forms of rectifying the problems which have been raised.

Technical inspections are extremely important when any building work is in dispute. The inspector will ensure that the work in dispute is built in accordance to current Australian Standards, Building Code of Australia and acceptable tradesman-like standards

Keywords: Australian Standard, Building Inspection, Dilapidation Reports, Timber Pests