Inspection Terms and Conditions - Property Inspections

Inspection Terms and Conditions

The inspection will be carried out in accordance with Australian Standard (AS4349.1-2007) concerning inspections of residential dwellings. SPI Property Inspections will carry out the inspection and report as requested by the client in accordance with these Terms and Conditions.

Terms and Conditions

1. This report complies with Australian Standard (AS4349.1-2007) concerning inspections of residential dwellings.

2. The purpose of the inspection

2.1 The inspection is to provide advice in relation to the overall condition of the property on the date and at the time of the inspection with the Consultant having access to all areas. Areas not inspected are noted on this report.

2.2 Areas for inspection shall cover all safe and accessible areas defined as those which can be accessed by a 3.6m ladder on the ground or those which have at least 650mm unimpeded vertical and horizontal clearance without the removal of furniture, fittings, cladding or lining materials, plants or soil. Such access does not include the use of destructive or invasive inspection methods nor does it include removing screws and bolts to access covers or cutting or making access traps or moving furniture, floor coverings or stored goods.

2.3 In the case where a property is occupied, the client must be aware that personal items and furnishings may restrict access to rooms and limit vision in places. These household items may conceal signs of problems which may only be discovered once items have been shifted or removed.

3. The scope of the inspection

3.1 The inspection comprised a visual assessment of the property to identify major defects and to form an opinion regarding the general condition of the property at the time of the inspection.

3.2 An estimate of the cost of rectification of defects is outside the scope of the Standard and does not form part of this report.

3.3 The report does not cover any part of the building located beneath the ground surface (such as sewer, stormwater drains, plumbing, electrical, phone/data or gas, etc.) except in the case of a Base Stage inspection, if these areas are visible.

3.4 This report does not deal with non-standard inspections such as electrical installation or other specialist inspections (such as plumbing, hydraulics, mechanical services or geotechnical). SPI Property Inspections will recommend that an appropriately qualified or licensed contractor undertake such further inspections where applicable.

3.5 The inspection will not look for timber pest activity. However, if timber pest damage is found then it will be reported. The Inspector will only report on the damage which is visible. It is recommended to have an inspection carried out in accordance with AS4349.3-1998 Timber Pest Inspections by a fully qualified, licensed and insured Timber Pest Inspector.

3.6 The report does not cover the identification of asbestos related products.

3.7 The report does not determine whether the building complies with the provisions of any Act, regulation, ordinance, local law, bylaw, or as an insurance policy or a warranty against problems developing with the building in the future.

3.8 The report does not contain the assessment of any apparent defect including rising damp and leaks as the detection of which may be subject to prevailing weather conditions or recent occupancy or use of services.

3.9 The report may not cover issues of maintenance or specific minor defects (such as jamming doors, windows or catches decorative finishes or hairline or slight cracks). The report may include a general assessment of the general incidence of minor defects in the building compared with otherwise similar properties.

3.10 The report shall identify any observed item that may constitute a present or imminent serious safety hazard.

3.11 The roof has not been water-tested for leaks, or the guttering checked for levels.

3.12 The report and inspection does not assess the condition of conspicuous, non-structural items such as carpets, vinyl floor coverings etc. or the operation of any appliances, spa pumps or pool equipment or matters of privacy or vehicle access. Such matters are for the client’s own consideration.

3.13 If the property is part of a Strata or Company title, then the inspection will cover the interior and immediate exterior of the property to be inspected.  It does not cover the common areas.  Subsequently, it is recommended that the client obtain an inspection of the common property prior to any purchase decision.

4. The report is prepared for the sole and exclusive use of the client whose name appears on page 1 of the Report and cannot be used or acted upon by any other party or without express written permission of SPI Property Inspections. The report does not constitute a certificate of compliance of the property within the requirements of any Act, regulation, ordinance, local law or by law and does not warranty against problems developing with the building in the future.

5. SPI Property Inspections accepts no liability for advice given in this report beyond a refund of the inspection fee.

6. SPI Property Inspections accepts no responsibility for any building work undertaken without the requisite building permit from the relevant authority and the report does not identify such unauthorised building work or work that is not compliant with building regulations in force at the time.

7. The report does not cover the identification of non-compliant and non-conforming building products and materials as outlined within the requirements of the National Construction Code (NCC).

8. The inspection report is valid for one month only from the date of the inspection.