SERVICE

 

As requested and agreed with the Client, the inspection carried out by the Building Consultant and Timber Pest Detection Consultant is a Standard Property & Timber Pest Report comprising a Property Report and a Timber Pest Report.


  • “Client” means the person or persons, for whom the Report was carried out or their Principal (i.e. the person or persons for whom the report is being obtained).
  • “Building Consultant” means a person, business or company who is qualified and experienced to undertake a pre-purchase inspection in accordance with Australian Standard AS 4349.1-2007 ‘Inspection of Buildings. Part 1: Pre-Purchase Inspections – Residential Buildings’. The consultant must also meet any  Government licensing requirement, where applicable.
  • “Timber Pest Detection Consultant” means person who meets the minimum skills requirement set out in the current Australian Standard AS 4349.3 Inspections of Buildings. Part 3: Timber Pest Inspection Reports or state/territory legislation requirements beyond this Standard, where applicable.

This Standard Property & Timber Pest Report was produced for the exclusive use of the Client. The consultant, their company or firm is not liable for any reliance placed on this report by any third party. 


TERMS ON WHICH THISREPORT WAS PREAPERED


PURPOSE OF INSPECTION

The purpose of this inspection is to provide advice to the Client regarding the condition of the Building & Site at the time of inspection.


SCOPE OF INSPECTION

 

 This Report only covers or deals with any evidence of: Structural Damage; Conditions Conducive to Structural Damage; any Major Defect in the condition of Secondary Elements and Finishing Elements; collective (but not individual) Minor Defects; and any Serious Safety Hazard discernible at the time of inspection. The inspection is limited to the Readily Accessible Areas of the Building & Site (see Note below) and is based on a visual examination of surface work (excluding furniture and stored items), and the carrying out of Tests. Note. With strata and company title properties, the inspection was limited to the interior and the immediate exterior of the particular residence inspected. Common property was not inspected. “Structural Damage” means a significant impairment to the integrity of the whole or part of the Structure falling into one or more of the following categories:


  • Structural Cracking and Movement – major (full depth) cracking forming in Primary Elements resulting from differential movement between or within the elements of construction, such as foundations, footings, floors, walls and roofs.
  • Deformation – an abnormal change of shape of Primary Elements resulting from the application of load(s).
  • Dampness – the presence of moisture within the building, which is causing consequential damage to Primary Elements.
  • Structural Timber Pest Damage – structural failure, i.e. an obvious weak spot, deformation or even collapse of timber Primary
  • Elements resulting from attack by one or more of the following wood destroying agents: chemical delignification; fungal decay; wood borers; and termites.
  • “Structure” means the loadbearing part of the building, comprising the Primary Elements.
  • “Primary Elements” means those parts of the building providing the basic loadbearing capacity to the Structure, such as foundations, footings, floor framing, loadbearing walls, beams or columns. The term ‘Primary Elements’ also includes other structural building elements including: those that provide a level of personal protection such as handrails; floor-to-floor access such as stairways; and the structural flooring of the building such as floorboards.
  • “Conditions Conducive to Structural Damage” means noticeable building deficiencies or environmental factors that may contribute to the occurrence of Structural Damage.
  • “Major Defect” means defect of significant magnitude where rectification has to be carried out in order to avoid unsafe conditions, loss of utility or further deterioration of the property.
  • “Secondary Elements” means those parts of the building not providing loadbearing capacity to the Structure, or those non-essential elements which, in the main, perform a completion role around openings in Primary Elements and the building in general such as non-loadbearing walls, partitions, wall linings, ceilings, chimneys, flashings, windows, glazing or doors.
  • “Finishing Elements” means the fixtures, fittings and finishes applied or affixed to Primary Elements and Secondary Elements such as baths, water closets, vanity basins, kitchen cupboards, door furniture, window hardware, render, floor and wall tiles, trim or paint. The term ‘Finishing Elements’ does not include furniture or soft floor coverings such as carpet and lino.
  • “Minor Defect” means defect other than a Major Defect.
  • “Serious Safety Hazard” means any item that may constitute an immediate or imminent risk to life, health or property. Occupational, health and safety or any other consequence of these hazards has not been assessed.
  • “Tests” means where appropriate the carrying out of tests using the following procedures and instruments:

o  Dampness Tests – additional attention to the visual examination was given to those accessible areas which the consultant’s experience has shown to be particularly susceptible to damp problems. Instrument testing using electronic moisture detecting meter of those areas and other visible accessible elements of construction showing evidence of dampness was performed.


o  Physical Tests – the following physical actions undertaken by the consultant: opening and shutting of doors, windows and draws; operation of taps; water testing of shower recesses; and the tapping of tiles and wall plaster.


ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA


The building was compared with a building that was constructed in accordance with the generally accepted practice at the time of construction and which has been maintained such that there has been no significant loss of strength and serviceability.


Unless noted in “Special Conditions or Instructions”, the Report assumes that the existing use of the building will continue. This Report only records the observations and conclusions of the Consultant about the readily observable state of the property at the time of inspection. The Report therefore cannot deal with:

  • possible concealment of defects, including but not limited to, defects concealed by lack of accessibility, obstructions such as furniture, wall linings and floor coverings, or by applied finishes such as render and paint; and undetectable or latent defects, including but not limited to, defects that may not be apparent at the time of inspection due
  • to seasonal changes, recent or prevailing weather conditions, and whether or not services have been used some time prior to the inspection being carried out.

These matters outlined above in (a) & (b) are excluded from consideration in this Report.


If the Client has any doubt about the purpose, scope and acceptance criteria on which the Report was based please discuss your concerns with the Consultant on
receipt of the Report. The Client acknowledges that, unless stated otherwise, the Client as a matter of urgency should implement any recommendation or advice given in this Report.


LIMITATIONS


The Client acknowledges:

  1. ‘Visual only’ inspections are not recommended. A visual only inspection may be of limited use to the Client. In addition to a visual inspection, to thoroughly
    inspect the Readily Accessible Areas of the property requires the Consultant to carry out whenever necessary appropriate Tests.
  2. This Report does not include the inspection and assessment of items or matters outside the scope of the requested inspection and report. Other items or
    matters may be the subject of a Special-Purpose Inspection Report, which is adequately specified (see Exclusions below).
  3. This Report does not include the inspection and assessment of items or matters that do not fall within the Consultant’s direct expertise.
  4. The inspection only covered the Readily Accessible Areas of the property. The inspection did not include areas, which were inaccessible, not readily
    accessible or obstructed at the time of inspection. Obstructions are defined as any condition or physical limitation which inhibits or prevents inspection and
    may include – but are not limited to – roofing, fixed ceilings, wall linings, floor coverings, fixtures, fittings, furniture, clothes, stored articles/materials, thermal insulation, sarking, pipe/duct work, builder’s debris, vegetation, pavements or earth.
  5. Australian Standard AS4349.0-2007 Inspection of Buildings, Part 0: General Requirements recognises that a property report is not a warranty or an insurance policy against problems developing with the building in the future.
  1. This Report was produced for the use of the Client. The Consultant is not liable for any reliance placed on this report by any third party.
  2. This report waivers any claim to the company, contractor, sub-contractor or sole trader performing the inspection, the inspection is done to the best of the
    ability by the inspector given conditions, obstructions, lighting, distractions, mistakes or errors of judgement, engaging in the services provided takes this into consternation by the customer and customers customer and indemnified the above fully in any such manner.
  3. This report waivers any claim to the company, contractor, sub-contractor or sole trader performing the inspection for or on behalf of WA Building Inspections or Ram Fitouts, the inspection is done to the best of the ability by the inspector given conditions, obstructions, lighting, distractions, mistakes or errors of judgement, engaging in the services provided takes this into consternation by the customer and customers customer and indemnified the above fully in any such manner against any claim regardless of the type, severity, cost or personal implications, the same conditions apply to the insurer(s) of Ram Fitouts, WA Building Inspections, Sole trader(s), contractor(s), or contractor(s) contractor(s) or any personas for that matter involved in any way to the job scope.

EXCLUSIONS


The Client acknowledges that this Report does not cover or deal with:

(i) any individual Minor Defect;

(ii) solving or providing costs for any rectification or repair work;

(iii) the structural design or adequacy of any element of construction;

(iv) detection of wood destroying insects such as termites and wood borers;

(v) the operation of fireplaces and chimneys;

(vi) any services including building, engineering (electronic), fire and smoke detection or mechanical;

(vii) lighting or energy efficiency;

(viii) any swimming pools and associated pool equipment or spa baths and spa equipment or the like;

(ix) any appliances such as dishwashers, insinkerators, ovens, stoves and ducted vacuum systems;

(x) a review of occupational, health or safety issues such as asbestos content, the provision of safety glass or the use of lead based paints;

(xi) a review of environmental or health or biological risks such as toxic mould;

(xii) whether the building complies with the provisions of any building Act, code, regulation(s) or by-laws;

(xiii) whether the ground on which the building rests has been filled, is liable to subside, swell or shrink, is subject to landslip or tidal inundation, or if it is flood prone; ; and

(xiv) in the case of strata and company title properties, the inspection of common property areas or strata/company records. Any of the above matters may be the subject of a special-purpose inspection report, which is adequately specified and undertaken by an appropriately inspector..


TIMBER PEST REPORT


PURPOSE The purpose of this inspection is to assist the Client to identify and understand any Timber Pest issues observed at the time of inspection.

SCOPE OF INSPECTION This Report only deals with the detection or non detection of Timber Pest Attack and Conditions Conducive to Timber Pest Attack discernible at the time of inspection. The inspection was limited to the Readily Accessible Areas of the Building & Site (see Note below) and was based on a visual examination of surface work (excluding furniture and stored items), and the carrying out of Tests.


Note. With strata and company title properties, the inspection was limited to the interior and the immediate exterior of the particular residence inspected. Common
property was not inspected.


  • “Timber Pest Attack” means Timber Pest Activity and/or Timber Pest Damage.
  • “Timber Pest Activity” means tell-tale signs associated with ‘active’ (live) and/or ‘inactive’ (absence of live) Timber Pests at the time of inspection.
  • “Timber Pest Damage” means noticeable impairments to the integrity of timber and other susceptible materials resulting from attack by Timber Pests.
  • “Major Safety Hazard” Any item that may constitute an immediate or imminent risk to life, health or property resulting directly from Timber Pest Attack. Occupational, health and safety or any other consequence of these hazards has not been assessed.
  • “Conditions Conducive to Timber Pest Attack” means noticeable building deficiencies or environmental factors that may contribute to the presence of Timber Pests.
  • “Timber Pests” means one or more of the following wood destroying agents which attack timber in service and affect its structural properties:

o   (a) Chemical Delignification – the breakdown of timber through chemical action.

o  (b) Fungal Decay – the microbiological degradation of timber caused by soft rot fungi and decay fungi, but does not include mould, which is a type of fungus that does not structurally damage wood.

o  (c) Wood Borers – wood destroying insects belonging to the order ‘Coleoptera’ which commonly attack seasoned timber.

o   (d) Termites – wood destroying insects belonging to the order ‘Isoptera’ which commonly attack seasoned timber. “Tests” means additional attention to the visual examination was given to those accessible areas which the consultant’s experience has shown to be particularly susceptible to attack by Timber Pests. Instrument Testing of those areas and other visible accessible timbers/materials/areas showing evidence of attack was performed.

o   “Instrument Testing” means where appropriate the carrying out of Tests using the following techniques and instruments:

  • (a) electronic moisture detecting meter – an instrument used for assessing the moisture content of building elements;
  • (b) stethoscope – an instrument used to hear sounds made by termites within building elements;
  • (c) probing – a technique where timber and other materials/areas are penetrated with a sharp instrument (e.g. bradawl or pocket knife), but does not include probing of decorative timbers or finishes, or the drilling of timber and trees; and (d) sounding – a technique where timber is tapped with a solid object.
  • “Subterranean Termite Management Proposal” A written proposal in accordance with Australian Standard AS 3660.2 to treat a known subterranean termite infestation and/or manage the risk of concealed subterranean termite access to buildings and structures.

ACCEPTANCE CRITERIA


Unless noted in “Special Conditions or Instructions”, the building being inspected was compared with a similar building. To the Consultant’s knowledge the similar
building used for comparison was constructed in accordance with generally accepted timber pest management practices and has since been maintained during
all its life not to attract or support timber pest infestation. Unless noted in “Special Conditions or Instructions”, this Report assumes that the existing use of the building will continue. 

This Report only records the observations and conclusions of the Consultant about the readily observable state of the property at the time of inspection. This Report

therefore cannot deal with: 

(a) possible concealment of defects, including but not limited to, defects concealed by lack of accessibility, obstructions such as furniture, wall linings and floor

coverings, or by applied finishes such as render and paint; and

(b) undetectable or latent defects, including but not limited to, defects that may not be apparent at the time of inspection due to seasonal changes, recent or
prevailing weather conditions, and whether or not services have been used some time prior to the inspection being carried out. These matters outlined above in 

(a) & (b) are excluded from consideration in this Report. If the Client has any doubt about the purpose, scope and acceptance criteria on which this Report was based please discuss your concerns with the Consultant on receipt of this Report. The Client acknowledges that, unless stated otherwise, the Client as a matter of urgency

should implement any recommendation or advice given in this Report. 


LIMITATIONS


The Client acknowledges:

  1. This Report does not include the inspection and assessment of matters outside the scope of the requested inspection and report.
  2. Theinspection only covered the Readily Accessible Areas of the Building and Site.The inspection did not include areas which were inaccessible, not readily
    accessible or obstructed at the time of inspection. Obstructions are defined as any condition or physical limitation which inhibits or prevents inspection and
    may include – but are not limited to – roofing, fixed ceilings, wall linings, floor coverings, fixtures, fittings, furniture, clothes, stored articles/materials, thermal insulation, sarking, pipe/duct work, builder’s debris, vegetation, pavements or earth.
  3. The detection of drywood termites may be extremely difficult due to the small size of the colonies. No warranty of absence of these termites is given.
  4. European House Borer (Hylotrupes bajulus) attack is difficult to detect in the early stages of infestation as the galleries of boring larvae rarely break through
    the affected timber surface. No warranty of absence of these borers is given. Regular inspections including the carrying out of appropriate tests are
    required to help monitor susceptible timbers. 
  5. This is not a structural damage report. Neither is this a warranty as to the absence of
  6. Timber Pest Attack.
  7. If the inspection was limited to any particular type(s) of timber pest (e.g. subterranean termites), then this would be the subject of a Special-Purpose
    Inspection Report, which is adequately specified.
  8. This Report does not cover or deal with environmental risk assessment or biological risks not associated with Timber Pests (e.g. toxic mould) or occupational,
    health or safety issues. Such advice may be the subject of a Special-Purpose Inspection Report which is adequately specified and must be undertaken by an
    appropriately qualified inspector. The choice of such inspector is a matter for the Client.
  9. This Report has been produced for the use of the Client. The Consultant or their firm or company are not liable for any reliance placed on this report by any third
    party.
  10. This report waivers any claim to the company, contractor, sub-contractor or sole trader performing the inspection for or on behalf of WA Building Inspections or Ram Fitouts, the inspection is done to the best of the ability by the inspector given conditions, obstructions, lighting, distractions, mistakes or errors of judgement, engaging in the services provided takes this into consternation by the customer and customers customer and indemnified the above fully in any such manner against any claim regardless of the type, severity, cost or personal implications, the same conditions apply to the insurer(s) of Ram Fitouts, WA Building Inspections, Sole trader(s), contractor(s), or contractor(s) contractor(s) or any personas for that matter involved in any way to the job scope.

EXCLUSIONS


The Client acknowledges that:

  1. This Report does not deal with any timber pest preventative or treatment measures, or provide costs for the control, rectification or prevention of attack by timber pests. However, this additional information or advice may be the subject of a timber pest management proposal which is
    adequately specified.

TIMBER PEST REPORT – RISK MANAGEMENT OPTIONS


To help protect against financial loss, it is essential that the building owner immediately control or rectify any evidence of destructive timber pest activity
or damage identified in this Report. The Client should further investigate any high risk area where access was not gained. It is strongly advised that
appropriate steps be taken to remove, rectify or monitor any evidence of conditions conducive to timber pest attack. To help minimise the risk of any future loss, the Client should consider whether the following options to further protect their investment against timber pest infestation are appropriate for their circumstances:

Undertake thorough regular inspections at intervals not exceeding twelve months or more frequent inspections where the risk of timber pest attack is high or the
building type is susceptible to attack. To further reduce the risk of subterranean termite attack, implement a management program in accordance with
Australian Standard AS 3660. This may include the installation of a monitoring and/or baiting system, or chemical and/or physical barrier. However, AS 3660
stresses that subterranean termites can bridge or breach barrier systems and inspection zones and that thorough regular inspections of the building are
necessary. If the Client has any queries or concerns regarding this Report, or the Client requires further information on a risk management program, please do
not hesitate to contact the person who carried out this Inspection.


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