The Pre-purchase inspections is confined to areas that come under safe and reasonable access defined by height and line-of-sight constraints.
As per the Australian Standard (AS 4349.1) for building inspections, the areas that should be inspected are the interior of the building, the roof space, the exterior of the building, the sub-floor space and the roof exterior.
Some of the areas included in the building inspections Southern Tablelands are steps, surface water drainage, fencing, garage, garden shed, wall paints, woodwork, ceilings, floors, laundry and toilets. Missing eaves, leaks in the shower recess, inadequate roof timber support, faulty hinges and a host of other defects are stated in the inspection report.
The inspection report contains the reason and scope for inspection, a summary of the overall condition of the property, the weather conditions at the time of inspection and recommendations for further inspections. It also contains the list of areas that have been excluded from the inspection and the reason they have been excluded.
What it doesn’t contain
As mentioned, the inspection report only looks into the major visible damages. It doesn’t report faults in the internal structure or architectural details. The inspection report doesn’t include anything that is beyond the areas of safe and reasonable access. Swimming pools, pests, Intercom, peeling paint, fireplaces, home appliances, air conditioning and such secondary elements are not inspected. Electrical wiring and plumbing are also omitted from the inspection report.
It does not contain any information on the expenses for repairs of the detected damages. The report contains a detailed disclaimer about what areas are not included in the property inspection. Some inspections like damps and leaks are ruled out because they are dependent on prevailing weather conditions.
The bottom-line is that a building inspection report does not guarantee that your house is one hundred percent damage free in every way but it does ensure that your house is a reasonably safe place to live or work in.
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