Frequently Asked Questions
What is a building and pest inspection?
The building and pest inspection is a non-invasive, visual inspection of the property used to provide advice regarding the structural integrity and overall condition of the site.
How long does a building and pest inspection take?
A standard building and pest inspection takes roughly 45mins to complete. However, this is dependent on a wide range of factors. These include, the size of the home, number of inspectors, landscape and amount of furniture. For example, an empty house that is vacant before sale with 2 inspectors conducting the inspection might only take 30mins in contrast to an acreage property that could take an hour or more. If you have an acreage, we make sure to check the house and everything within a 50m radius of the house.
If I am selling my home, do I need to do a building and pest inspection?
It’s commonly thought that only buyer’s need to worry about getting building and pest inspections done, however, a if you are seeking to sell your home have a building and pest report ready to show potential buyers can actually increase their confidence in purchasing.
The purpose of a safety report is to provide you with the opportunity to mitigate any existing risks. By identifying all potential risks you have an excellent opportunity to significantly reduce the likelihood that a time consuming and stressful claim is made against you. In addition, if the injury is deemed to be caused by an issue that should have been addressed, even if the owner was unaware of it, then the property insurer may have an exclusion clause in their policy. Owners should check their insurance policy’s Product Disclosure Statement (PDS). Simply put, having this report done merely materialises most of the hidden existing risks you are currently exposed to, and enables you to further protect yourself in an extremely cost-effective way.
Our fully qualified senior inspector, inspect your property for 16 different safety hazards and over 100 issues, including the compliance of smoke alarms, safety switch operation, electrical hazards, glass hazards and many other issues such as slip, trip and fall hazards. A safety report is about the landlord’s and Property Manager’s responsibility to provide a safe environment for the tenant. During the inspection, areas of concern are recorded and photos taken to record the issues and to help with repair quotes.
What is the difference between a condition report the property manager conducts compared to a safety report?
A safety report is designed to ensure the home environment is safe to live in and helps you mitigate your risk.
Property Managers list and track all activities related to a property including inspections, actions, event logs, quote sheets, reminders and notifications as well as quotes, jobs and expense approved for the property.
Is a safety report the same as a building inspection?
No. Building reports often partially cover some safety issues however they are completed to advise you of the structural integrity of the building at the time of inspection and compliance issues in relation to building standards for when the property was constructed. A safety report is designed to ensure the home environment is safe to live in and helps you mitigate your risk.
Will this protect me from any claims?
The purpose of the residential safety inspection is to mitigate the risk of personal injury claims. It offers guidance to lower the risks although cannot remove the risks entirely. At the moment, there is no Australian Standard for residential safety inspections and until a standard is established we believe our inspections would be considered ‘Best Practise’ for this type of service at this time in history.
Do I need to rectify any issues found from the report?
Any significant items would be necessary under state or national regulations irrespective of how they are identified. Safety hazards are frequently low cost to rectify and the property managers arrange quotes for easy comparisons and lower cost repairs.
Will I be able to speak to the inspector to discuss what action is required?
Yes – The inspector will be available to discuss any issues in the report.
How long will it take to receive the report?
As soon as the inspector completes the on-site inspection the report is automatically produced and you are notified by email.
How long will the inspection take?
The time taken on the property will vary depending upon the size of the property and the level of magnitude of any issues. The inspector is usually on-site for between 45 minutes and 1.5 hours.
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What happens during a building and pest inspection?
During a standard building and pest inspection, our qualified experts survey the structure and surrounding area to determine whether there is any structural or timber pest damage.
What happens if there is structural damage found?
If we do find any structural damage, it will all be detailed in the report that you receive within 24hrs of your inspection. Within the report recommendations are also provided that detail the next steps you should take to further asses or repair what was found.
What is included in a safety report?
Refer to Scope of Work
Why do I need a safety report?
As a Landlord you have significant legal exposure if known safety defects (or defects that should have been known) result in tenant injury in your property. Even the most professional managing agents are not qualified or equipped to recognise all safety issues in your property. The Safety Inspection will ensure you are informed and your property manager has the tools at hand to protect your interests.
My property is not that old, do I need a safety report?
It would be a reasonable assumption that newer homes would have less safety risks associated with them if constructed compliantly and therefore be a lower risk than older properties. Completing a safety inspection would mitigate that risk further. Often renovations or installed fixtures and fittings after initial construction can create safety hazards. Home owners should consider the risk and cost to benefit ratio when making a decision to accept or decline the recommendation for a residential safety inspection of a new home or old home.
How long will the report be valid for?
The current standard for the frequency of a recommending a residential safety inspection is every two years. This is likely to remain the standard for the foreseeable future although we do allow for the possibility that the Real Estate and/or Insurance Industry may decide to reduce this to annually. With regard to validity periods, details conditions that were present on the day of inspection only and those conditions can change at any time.
Will my property manager receive a copy of the report?
The report is made available only to the authorising person, either your property manager or you or both.
How will I know what actions need to be taken after the report is completed?
The report highlights any safety issues identified as being minor, moderate or major. Any major issues would be of most concern and then moderate and so on. In all instances it at the home owner’s discretion as to what, if any, rectifications are made and to what degree. The report offers a risk matrix for each issue discovered to support the owner in making those decisions. It has been our experience that owners give immediate attention to major issues in the first instance and then decide on lower risk issues individually based of an opinion of merit and financial viability risk to cost assessment. Every issue eliminated or modified removes or lowers the risk of harm to the property occupants and guests. Often many rectifications can be completed at a minimal cost.
What are the qualifications of the inspector?
At this time our inspector has the following qualifications:
- Has nationally recognised qualifications in Building with at least Low Rise, Carpentry and/or a Building Inspection diploma/certification.
- Completed and clear a national police check.
- Completed Residential Building Inspection License
- Completed Termite Management – Chemical License
- Completed Certificate IV in Work Place Health and Safety
- Completed Pool Certification Certificate
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