Extent of Inspection & Report
1. The Report is not a guarantee but is an opinion of the condition of the inspected property.
2. The Report is based on the condition of the property and the prevailing structural, soil and weather conditions at the time of the inspection. Prolonged periods of wet or dry weather will cause structural changes to the property.
3. The pre-purchase inspection and the Report are not intended to point out every small problem or any non-visible defects in a building. Most minor or cosmetic flaws, for example, should be apparent without the aid of a professional.
4. The Report has taken into account that the inspector from Melbourne Pre Purchase Building & Termite Inspections is unable to gain access into areas that are deemed to be inaccessible in accordance with AS-4349 and/or to areas that are considered to be unsafe, such as a ceiling that has had a second layer of insulation laid over the top of the original insulation or ceilings that do not have a defined crawling platform or path and crawl space. The Report will not disclose defects in inaccessible areas, defects that are not reasonably visible, defects which may be apparent in other weather conditions or defects which have not yet arisen. The inspector does not climb onto roofing if considered to be dangerous, the roofs and guttering will then be observed from a 3.6 meter ladder where possible.
5. The Report takes into account that the inspector will carry out a non-invasive inspection a non-invasive inspection is primarily a visual inspection of accessible areas at the time of inspection, the inspector will use appropriate non-invasive detection tools in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.1 Inspection of Buildings Part 1: Standard Property Inspections - Residential Buildings, which are carried by the inspector at the time of inspection.
6. The report identifies where possible significant defects of the property and/or building structure and fabric, that may affect the clients decision to purchase the property.
7. The inspection and the Report should not be confused with an appraisal, a building code inspection, or any guarantee of any kind, but a tool to aid the client and the purchaser, to be better prepared and knowledgeable.
8. The Report does not cover the identification of asbestos related products or the condition or operation of swimming pools, spas, electrical wiring, and similar facilities.
9. The inspection does not cover the wiring or installation of power points, light points, electrical fittings or appliances with comments in the report being limited to the make up of the switch board, old cabling if sighted and shielding of low voltage down lights.
10. Estimates that are provided in this report dealing with cost of works and or repairs are given as an indication to costs and should be taken as a guide only.
11. The Report does not cover all maintenance items, particularly those such as jamming doors, windows or catches, decorative finishes and hairline or slight cracks (Category 0 and 1 of Appendix C - Australian Standard AS 2870 - 1996).
12. All appliances should be checked before taking possession of the property as testing of appliances does not form part of this inspection. Where solar panels are installed as part of the hot water system, it is recommended that the panels are serviced by an approved installer to ensure that they are operating efficiently.
13. It should be noted that this report does not seek to check the house against the current Australian Standards or the current Building Code of Australia for compliance, the report seeks to access the house for general compliance with the regulations of the day when the house was built, for example the current glazing standard AS-1288-2006 would make compliance almost impossible unless most glazing within the house was replaced or fitted with safety film which is not the intention of this report.
14. It is recommended that ground levels are not built up against paling fences unless a retaining wall has been constructed within the boundary line to maintain the soils which have been built up as it can cause damage to a fence which is not designed to act as a retaining wall. Where this occurs we recommend that the ground level be lowered or a retaining wall be constructed.
15. It is recommended that large trees located closer than .75 times the mature height of the tree to the building or a building on an adjoining allotment be removed as they may cause damage to the footing system of the building within there area of influence over time or alternative advice is sort from an arborist.
16. Melbourne Pre Purchase Building & Termite Inspections does not accept responsibility for services other than those provided in this Report.