The consultant should inspect all accessible parts of the property. These include the following areas:
- interior of the building
- exterior of the building
- roof space
- under-floor space
- roof exterior
You may also like to ask that a particular part of the property, or certain items, also be inspected, such as:
- visible signs of asbestos problems
- existence of an operable electrical safety switch
- operable smoke alarms.
The following would normally be included in a building inspection report:
- garage, carport and garden shed
- separate laundry or toilet
- small retaining walls (ie. non–structural)
- surface water drainage
- stormwater run-off
- paths and driveways.
Make sure you specify any particular items or areas on the site that you want inspected.
The report should also include the following information:
- your name
- the address of the property to be inspected
- reason for the inspection
- the date of inspection
- the scope of the inspection
- a list of any area or item that wasn’t inspected, the reasons why it wasn’t inspected and if necessary, a recommendation for further investigation
- a summary of the overall condition of the property
- a list of any significant problems that need fixing
- if necessary, a recommendation that a further inspection or assessment be carried out by a suitably accredited specialist, e.g. pest inspector, electricity supply authority, water supply authority, structural engineer, geotechnical engineer, surveyor or solicitor.
The summary is possibly the most important part of the report. It should give you a brief summary of the major faults found in the property and its overall condition considering its age and type.
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