The details and format of a building inspection report are dependent on the type, age and size of the property and the process used by the consultant or the organisation that prepares the report. These will also determine the cost of the service. Some building inspection companies will use a standard format or take on a more comprehensive checklist. Other companies, on the other hand, will use a customised to tailor fit it to the requirements of the property.
As long as they submit a report that complies with the Australian Standards 4349.1, there will be no issues at all. You may request for photographs or the report they submit may have photographs to satisfy their claims. It is necessary that the report consists of all information that will make you aware of the property’s condition and recognise any significant issues.
A typical building inspection is, in general, only a visual inspection and may not give you a thorough identification of the major defects in the building structure or any other hidden problems. If you want a more detailed report, additional assessment from specialists, like structural engineer, pest inspector, surveyor, solicitor, geotechnical engineer, water or electricity supply authority, may be needed.
As a consultant, they should check and inspect all parts of the property that are accessible, including:
• Exterior of the building
• Interior of the building
• Underfloor space
• Roof space
• Roof exterior
You may want to check on particular parts of the property, like:
• Operable smoke alarms
• Asbestos problems
• Operable electrical safety switch
The information below may also be included in the building inspection report
• Separate toilet or laundry
• Garden shed, carport and garage
• Retaining walls
• Stormwater runoff
• Surface water drainage
• Driveways and paths