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Building Inspection Inclusions

Internal items

Sagging
Nails popping
Defective lining
Lath and plaster key damage
Fibrous plaster scrimming/grouting/strapping
Cracking
Dampness and damp damage

Bulging
Nails popping
Defective lining
Cracking
Dampness and damp damage
Distortion, verticality
Drummy plaster and render

Damage
Decay
Out of level
Dampness and damp damage
Floor movement such as spring and bounce

Cracking
Surface damage
Out of level
Dampness and damp damage

Putty
Broken or cracked glass
Sash operation
Sash fittings and hardware
Water staining
Decaying frames and sashes

Glazing seals
Broken or cracked glass
Sash operation
Sash fittings and hardware
Water staining and corrosion

Binding doors
Defective door hardware
Corroded or decaying frames
Damaged doors
Loose or badly fitting doors

 

Bench top

Lifting or delamination
Damage
Water damage


Cupboards

Water damage
Operation of doors and drawers


Sink/taps

Chips, cracks, leaking, etc.
Water supply to be turned on, and
taps operated
Kitchen

Tiles

Drummy
Cracked
Loose, missing
Grouting and sealant

Cistern and pan

Cracking
Leaking
Installation and stability
Water supply to be turned on and
the cistern flushed


Bidet

Cracking
Leaking
Installation and stability
Water supply to be turned on, and
the bidet flushed


Taps

Leaking
Water supply to be turned on and
taps operated


Tiles

Drummy
Cracked
Loose
Grouting and sealant


Bath

Damage
Adequately sealed and properly
recessed at the junction with wall


Shower

Visual signs of leakage
Screen
Broken glass
Water supply to be turned on and
the shower operated


Vanity

Damage
Doors and drawers
Bathroom, WC,
ensuite


Washbasin

Damage
Loose
Waste/trap
Water supply to be turned on and
taps operated

Taps

Operation
Leaking
Water hammer (water supply to be
turned on and taps operated)


Tubs/cabinet

Condition
Tiles Drummy
Cracked
Loose
Grouting and sealant

Stringer
Handrails/balusters
Newel posts
Treads and risers

Damp problems

Rising
Falling
Condensation
Horizontally or laterally
penetrating damp

External items

Lintels

External cladding

Integrity
Paint, protective coating
Evidence of missing damp-proof course or flashing

Doors and windows

Flashing
Moulding
Sills

Verticality
Flashing
Brickwork deterioration

Structure integrity

looseness
Safety issues

Tiles
Shingles and slates
Sheet roofing
Gables
Roof flashing

Rust

Eaves, fascias and barges

Physical damage, deterioration
Inappropriate modification

Supports

Ventilation

Drainage

Damp

Building Inspection Exclusions

The inspector may but are not required to inspect or report on the following as per Australian Standard.

(a) Footings in natural ground.
(b) Concealed damp-proof course.
(c) Electrical installations, operation of smoke detectors, light switches and fittings, TV,
sound and communications and security systems.
(d) Concealed plumbing if not detectable with sensing device
(e) Adequacy of roof drainage as installed.
(f) Gas fittings and fixtures.
(g) Airconditioning if non-accessible.
(h) Automatic garage door mechanisms if non-accessible
(i) Swimming pools and associated filtration and similar equipment.
(j) The operation of fireplaces and solid fuel heaters, including chimneys and flues.
(k) Alarm systems.
(l) Intercom systems.
(m) Soft floor coverings.
(n) Non-built-in Appliances, when not in use.
(o) Paint coatings, except external protective coatings.
(p) Health hazards (e.g., allergies, soil toxicity, lead content, radon
or urea formaldehyde).
(q) Timber and metal framing sizes and adequacy.
(r) Concealed tie-downs and bracing.
(s)  Intrusive detection of pest activity.
(t) Other mechanical or electrical equipment (such as gates, inclinators).
(u) Soil conditions.
(v) Control joints.
(w) Sustainable development provisions.
(x) Concealed framing-timbers or any areas concealed by wall linings/sidings.
(y) Landscaping.
(z) Rubbish.
(aa) Floor cover.
(bb) Furniture and accessories.
(cc) Stored items.
(dd) Insulation.
(ee) Environmental matters (e.g., BASIX, water tanks, BCA Environmental Provisions).
(ff) Energy efficiency.
(gg) Lighting efficiency.

The above scope is as required by the Australian Standards :

4349 Inspection of buildings
4349.0 Part 0: General requirements
4349.1 Part 1: Pre-purchase inspections—Residential buildings (this Standard)
4349.3 Part 3: Timber pest inspections