All building and pest inspectors in Queensland operate under the same set of guidelines set by Australian Standards, Workplace Health and Safety and the conditions of the licenses. These conditions listed below are not specific to DedAnt Building and Pest Inspections but are industry wide.
The inspection will be not check for general maintenance items such as poor paint work, damaged carpets and flooring, door handles and fixtures. In addition, the Inspector will not check the plumbing, electrical and gas installations as this is outside their qualification scope
Subject to reasonable and safe access and minimum requirements, the inspection will report on the condition of the following areas
- The interior of the property
- The roof space of the property (subject to height and safety restrictions)
- The exterior of the property
- The sub floor space of the property (subject to height and safety restrictions)
- The roof exterior (subject to height and whether restrictions) of the property
- Structures within 30m of the building relevant to inspection and within the site boundaries, including fences
The Inspector must comply with workplace health and safety regulations and will not enter or inspect an unsafe area.
The extent of the inspection is limited to visual and non-invasive inspection only. The inspector cannot move any furniture, items, chattels or things to see behind or under the item. The inspector will use equipment to ascertain moisture or heat behind walls, but cannot inspect inside walls, between floors, behind kitchen cupboards etc.
The inspector is limited when inspecting the roof cavity by the dimensions of the manhole and cavity and will only enter this area if safe to do so. The access hole must be minimum 400 x 500mm and the crawl space minimum 600 x 600mm. There are also other factors that might limit an inspector’s access to this area. The inspector is also limited by the height of the roof and can visually inspect from only a 3.6m ladder and if safe to do so, the inspector cannot climb onto the roof. Inspection of the sub floor is subject to the inspector’s discretion as to whether access is safe and reasonable.
In a building and pest inspection, the inspector cannot inspect any non-structural element, common property that forms part of strata title, test for asbestos, magnesite or mould, comment on plumbing or electrical wiring, switches or appliances (with the exception of a very obvious issue such as wires hanging out of the ceiling or walls) comment on swimming pools, comment whether the property has any signs of residual drug use / manufacture or comment whether fireplaces or chimneys are functional. It is recommended that you engage qualified trades people to inspect these items as they are outside of the building and pest inspection scope.
Please note that DedAnt Building and Pest Inspection can supply services of invasive property inspections and asbestos testing however these are additional services that will need to be agreed upon with the seller in writing as these tests require creating small holes in the property. We also supply property meth testing, but this is an additional service over and above the scope of the building and pest inspection.
The inspector will also not comment on any defects which are apparent due to prevailing whether conditions at the time of the inspection including rising damp and leaks as these such defect only become apparent in differing whether conditions.
The Pre-Purchase Inspection Package essentially can be broken down to a 3 Step Process: Visual for structural defects, moisture detection and heat detection using specialised equipment. If moisture is found it can indicate leaking pipes hidden behind walls, a beacon for termites as they need water to survive. The heat detection can indicate termite activity behind a wall.
The inspector will
Major Defects, which may include structural issues like cracking & movement, deformation, presence of excessive moisture behind walls and under floors, structural timber pest damage, serious safety hazards, Signs of Timber Pests including, Fungal Decay, Wood Borers, Evidence of Infestation of Subterranean Termites with location & extent of activity found.
Minor Defects, which may include the Condition of Non-Structural Elements, like chipped tiles, broken handles and locks etc.
The inspection will also look for conditions conducive to structural damage including: defective plumbing, roof guttering, down pipes and & flashing, defective or bridged damp proof course, poor tradesman-like work, corrosion, lack of sub floor ventilation, trees & shrubs, additions & improvements and incomplete construction, poorly installed or lack of insulation, and classify these accordingly.
The Report will discuss if relevant, conditions conducive to timber pest attack including inadequate subfloor ventilation, untreated or non-durable timber used in a hazardous environment, bridging or breaching of the termite barrier and/or “insufficient slab edge exposure”, evidence of existing Termite Management Programs and Advice on Termite Prevention & Management