Terms and Conditions – Pre-Purchase Building and Termite Inspection Report

Pre-Purchase Building and Termite Inspection Report

SERVICE As requested by the Client, the inspection carried out by the Building Inspection Consultant (“the Consultant”) was a “Pre-Purchase Building and Termite Inspection Report”. A Pre-Inspection Agreement was issued prior to service and forms part of the service agreement.

PURPOSE The purpose of this inspection is to provide advice to the client or other interested party regarding the condition of the property at the time of inspection. A report may be conditional on the following:
(a) Information provided by the person, the employees or agents of the person requesting
the report.
(b) Apparent concealment of possible defects.
(c) Any other factor limiting the preparation of the report.

SCOPE OF INSPECTION
The inspection shall comprise visual assessment of the property and limited assessment of serviceability to identify major defects, urgent and serious safety hazards and to form an opinion regarding the general condition of the property at the time of inspection.

An estimate of the costs of rectification of defects is not required in an inspection report.

The Report deals only with the detection or non-detection of Termite Attack and Conditions Conducive to Termite Attack discernible at the time of inspection.

The inspection was limited to Readily Accessible Areas of the Building and Site. The inspection did not include areas which were inaccessible, not readily accessible or obstructed at the time of inspection.
The Client shall arrange right of entry, facilitate physical entry and supply necessary information to enable the inspector to undertake the inspection and prepare a report.

The Inspector is not responsible for arranging entry to property or parts of the property, where reasonable access or entry is denied those areas are excluded from and do not form part of the 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, builder’s debris, vegetation, pavements or earth.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA 
Unless noted in “Special Conditions or Instructions”, the building being inspected was compared with a similar building. To the Consultant’s knowledge the similar building used for comparison was constructed in accordance with generally accepted practice at the time of construction and which has been maintained such that there is no significant loss of strength and serviceability.

Unless noted in “Special Conditions or Instructions”, this Report assumes that the existing use of the building will continue.

EXTENT OF REPORTING
Significant items to be reported are as follows:
(a) Major defects.
(b) A general impression regarding the extent of minor defects. NOTE: For example,
significantly deteriorating exterior paint.
(c) Any major defect that is an urgent and serious safety hazard. NOTE: For example, unsafe balustrades or imminent collapse of a structural member.
(d) Presence or absence of termite activity or damage
(e) Presence or absence of other timber pest activity or damage
(f) Evidence of conditions conducive to termite activity.

LIMITATIONS
The Client acknowledges:
1. That this Report is prepared in accordance with AS 4349.1-2007 and AS 4349.3 – 2010 but that it is not a Certificate of Compliance of the property within the requirements of any Act, regulation, ordinance, local law or by-law and is not a warranty against problems developing in the future.
2. This Report does not include the inspection and assessment of matters outside the scope of the requested inspection and report.
3. The inspection only covered the Readily Accessible Areas of the Building and Site. The inspection did not include areas which were inaccessible, not readily accessible, and unsafe to access 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, builder’s debris, vegetation, pavements or earth.
4. 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.
5. The detection of drywood termites may be extremely difficult due to the small size of the colonies. No warranty of absence of these termites is given.
6. The Inspection and Report are not a warranty as to the absence of Termite Attack.
7. This Report does not cover or deal with environmental risk assessment or biological risks not associated with Termites (e.g. toxic mould) or occupational, health or safety issues. Such advice may be the subject of a Special-Purpose Inspection Report which is adequately specified and must be undertaken by an appropriately qualified inspector. The choice of such inspector is a matter for the Client.
8. This Report does not deal with any termite preventative or treatment measures, or provide costs for the control, rectification or prevention of attack by termites. However, this additional information or advice may be the subject of a termite management proposal which is adequately specified.
9. Where insulation is present it is advised that these items should be moved or removed to allow a full inspection to the wall top plate timbers and other roofing timbers covered by the insulation. This invasive inspection will not be performed unless a separate contract is entered into.
10. Where a property is furnished at the time of the inspection then you must understand that the furnishings and stored goods may be concealing evidence of building defects, termite activity and/or damage. This evidence may only be revealed when the furnishings and stored goods are moved. In this case a further inspection of the property is strongly recommended.
11. Where the subject building is part of a strata or company titled property, the inspection was limited to assessing the interior and immediate exterior of a particular unit. The Client may have additional liability for Building Defects, Property Maintenance and Timber Pest Attack in the common property. This additional liability can only be addressed through the undertaking of a Special-Purpose Inspection Report which is adequately specified. Seek further advice from your Building Inspector.
12. Only structures, fences, trees etc within 50 m of the building but within the boundary of the property were inspected.
13. If a building or part of a building, is constructed on a concrete slab it is always more susceptible to concealed termite entry.

UNDETECTED DEFECT RISK RATING
Where the risk rating for undetected defects is considered medium or high, a further inspection is strongly recommended of areas that were not readily accessible and of inaccessible or obstructed areas once access have been provided or the obstruction removed.

This may require the moving, lifting or removal of obstructions such as floor coverings, furniture, stored items, foliage and insulation.

This is often called an Invasive inspection as in some instances it may also require the removal of ceiling and wall linings and the cutting of traps and access holes. Seek further advice from your Building Inspector.

EXCLUSIONS
This report excludes assessment of: Footings below ground, concealed damp proof course, electrical installations, concealed plumbing, adequacy of roof drainage, gas fittings and fixtures, air-conditioning, automatic garage doors, pools and related equipment, alarm systems, operation of fireplaces and chimneys, flues and solid fuel heaters, alarm and intercom systems, soft floor coverings, appliances, paint coating, health hazards, timber and metal framing size and adequacy, concealed tie downs and bracing, timber pest activity, other mechanical or electrical equipment such as soil conditions, control joints, sustainable development provisions, concealed timber frames, landscaping, rubbish, floor coverings, furniture and accessories, stored items, insulation, environmental matters or lighting and energy efficiency.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION – SMOKE DETECTORS
We cannot comment on smoke detector installation and testing as it is not within the scope of this report and requires specialist inspection services. It is however strongly recommended that all existing detectors in the property be tested prior to occupation and advice be sought as to the suitability of their number, placement and operation.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION – ASBESTOS
We cannot comment on the presence or absence of Asbestos from this building as it is not within the scope of this report and requires specialist inspection services. It is however strongly advised that the presence of Asbestos be presumed until otherwise definitely known.

Asbestos containing materials may include sheet type building materials, roofing materials, insulations and linings and more. Especially in buildings that were built or modified pre-1992 further inspection should be undertaken prior to works like renovations, extensions, repairs and maintenance or where any materials which could contain Asbestos become damaged or worn.

An Asbestos Inspection and Condition Audit is always advised.


IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION – SAFETY GLASS

Glazing standards in contemporary or recently constructed buildings are governed by the Building Code of Australia (National Construction Code) and will almost always be constructed using glazing designed to minimise injury if impacted or broken. Glazing in older homes is highly unlikely to be ‘Safety Glass’ and may cause significant injury if damaged. Exercise care and caution around glass in older homes in particular.

This Report only records the observations and conclusions of the Consultant about the readily observable state of the property at the time of inspection.

If the Client has any doubt about the purpose, scope and acceptance criteria on which this Report was based please discuss your concerns with the Consultant on receipt of this Report.

The Client acknowledges that, unless stated otherwise, the Client as a matter of urgency should implement any recommendation or advice given in this Report.

Privacy Policy:
We value your personal information, we will ensure it is secure and never share or sell your personal details and contact information. We do however use data collected during inspections for research, commercial, training and educational purposes.

For more information please review our Privacy Policy online at www.jimsbuildinginspections.com.au.

Compliments, Complaints and Concerns
Your feedback, both positive and negative, can assist us to improve our services. We encourage you to please contact us with any compliments or concerns directly and as soon as you are able.

The process for managing customer feedback is documented below:
1. Contact your inspector directly to provide feedback or make any complaint as soon as you are able.
2. If your inspector cannot resolve it or it involves our insurers they will escalate it to their Regional Franchisor (Manager) and / or insurer as applicable.
3. You can also contact their Regional Franchisor (Manager) directly on 131 546 ask to speak to your Inspectors Regional Franchisor (Manager) or email info@jimsbuildinginspections.com.au

Should you have any queries about our terms and conditions, the inclusions and exclusions of this report please contact your Inspector.