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What Makes a Good Building and Pest Inspection Report?

Nowadays a Building and Pest Inspection has become almost a prerequisite to buying a home. This is wise considering the enormity of your financial decision.  That’s why a detailed, independent Building and Pest Inspection Report is an important information tool to assist you in your decision making. But what separates a good report from a mediocre one?

For a start, your Building and Pest Inspection and Report should be conducted according to Australian Standards AS 4349.1 and AS 4349.3. In keeping with these, a Building and Pest Inspection is a visual-only inspection with limited tests including probing and tapping of the property’s readily accessible and unobstructed areas only, to detect timber pest activity and damage, structural damage, conditions conducive, which if not rectified may result in timber pest and structural damage, any major defects to the condition of secondary and finishing elements, collective minor defects and any serious safety hazard noticed by the inspector at the time of inspection.

Your report may mention the property’s overall quality of construction & maintenance, however it will not include an extensive itemisation of maintenance, decorative and finishing items, but may address these minor items generally or collectively. Rather, the emphasis, from a Building Inspector’s point of view, will be upon more significant structural and timber pest issues, together with conditions conducive. As an alert to your solicitor for necessary searches, your report may note whether additions, extensions and improvements have been undertaken. Compliance problems may be alerted, but only for further investigation by an appropriately qualified certifier, because a Building and Pest Inspection is not a compliance audit. Serious safety issues may also be highlighted, although a Building and Pest Inspection is not a safety audit.

Because Building and Pest Inspections are visual-only with limited testing, they are not intrusive. Despite best efforts, a Building Inspector will only be able to inspect areas that they can actually access and see – perhaps providing an opportunity for vendors to occasionally hide issues. For this reason, a good report will clearly set out the inspections’ scope and terms and conditions within your report so that you clearly understand the context of your report’s findings. Areas that were inspected within the property, inaccessible and obstructed areas that were not inspected, and obstructions should all be set out along with the inspector’s rating of the building’s susceptibility to timber pests at the time of inspection, the rating of the building’s risk of undetected timber pest activity and damage at the time of inspection, the rating of the building’s risk of undetected structural damage at the time of inspection and how these ratings were derived.

A good report should then take you step by step through the property to address safety hazards, and significant defects (and less so, minor items) where each defect should be clearly described with its location, it’s extent whether localised or widespread, with an accompanying picture and recommendations including which professional should be consulted for further advice, and in what timeframe.

A good report should be set out in an orderly, easy to read fashion, with supporting photographs and lots of assisting information. The clearer and more methodical the layout of the Reports, the easier it will be for you to understand its content and read it in its entirety. The more comprehensive, the more information you have to help you make your decision. It’s always a good idea to examine a sample report to see what you’ll be getting for your fee. Most reputable inspection companies should include these on their website for you to peruse. View our example Building & Pest Inspection Reports.

ABIS building and pest inspections are conducted to the highest standard by building inspectors with a minimum of 10 years experience together with the highest professional qualifications in their field. ABIS has been in business over 27 years conducting both building and timber pest inspections.

Our highly recommended home inspectors are all long term trusted employees not here today gone tomorrow sub-contractors. ABIS Inspectors are supported by a unique computer aided inspection system and the latest inspection equipment such as high sensitivity thermal cameras costing thousands of dollars that others don’t often have.

When you book a pre-purchase inspection with ABIS, our friendly local (they know the area and are not in a interstate or overseas call centre) staff will make the whole process easy for you. Our Office team make all the arrangements with you, your agent, the vendor, the tenant (if there is one) and you will be sent an email to confirm the inspection time along with a pre-engagement letter which covers the scope of the inspection. Good communication and local knowledge are key to you getting the most out of your building and pest inspection. We are always happy to answer all your questions and you are most welcome to be on site when we do the inspection. Our technology, systems and processes also mean you get your high quality report shortly after your inspection is completed.

And all this for an incredible low price.

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