Pre-Purchase Home Inspections



Glasgow Building Inspections: Pre-Purchase Home Inspections.

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Scope of the Inspection:

The Inspection is a visual Inspection only identifying major defects and forming an opinion regarding the general condition of the property at the time of the Inspection.  The Inspection is to provide advice to the prospective purchaser or another interested party in relation to the condition of the property at the time of Inspection.  Any cost for rectification of defects is not included in the Inspection Report.

Please note:  Glasgow Building Inspections provides much more than just identifying major defects during the Inspection.  The clause relates to the Australia Standard for Pre-Purchase Home Inspections AS4349.1.  Minor defects, conditions conducive to structural failure, ventilation, insulation, safety concerns, smoke alarms, energy efficiency for external doors, splash backs to wet areas and much more are provided.  We prefer to carry out comprehensive, thorough Inspections to make sure you are getting the best information possible.  If you have any queries or require any further information please don’t hesitate to contact us direct on Phone: 0447 282 182 or email:

Areas of Inspection:

The Inspection shall cover all accessible areas.  Right of entry and facilitate physical entry to the property shall be arranged by the client, or Glasgow Building Inspections on request from the client.  The client shall supply all necessary information to enable the Inspector to carry out the Inspection and prepare a Report.  Glasgow Building Inspections are not responsible for arranging entry to the property or parts of the property; unless agreed by Glasgow Building Inspections on request from the client.  If reasonable entry is denied to Glasgow Building Inspections Inspector or reasonable access is not available, those areas do not form part of the Inspection or Report.

Glasgow Building Inspectors shall Inspect accessible parts of the building and associated structures and outbuildings within 30m of the nominated Dwelling (upon request), within the boundaries of the subject site.  In this context associated structures and outbuildings include, car accommodation, ablution facilities, garden sheds, detached laundries, verandas, pergolas, swimming pools, spas, decks, fencing and retaining walls greater than 700mm in height.  Also included are driveways, paths, steps, stormwater runoff, surface water drainage and earth embankments.

  • The exterior of the building.
  • The roof space.
  • The subfloor space.
  • The roof exterior.
  • The interior of the building.
  • Any agreed structures within 30m of the subject building.

Inspection of Company and Strata Title residential property shall be limited to the nominated residence and does not include common property.  (AS4349.1).

Accessible area definition:

An area of the site where sufficient, safe and reasonable access is available to allow Inspection within the scope of the Inspection. (AS4349.1).

Safe and reasonable access:

The extent of accessible areas shall be determined by Glasgow Building Inspections Inspectors at the time of the Inspection.  Roof interior access hole minimum dimensions are 450mm x 400mm with a crawl space of 600mm x 600mm and accessible by a 3.6m ladder.  The subfloor access hole minimum dimensions are 500mm x 400mm with a minimum crawl space of 400mm.  The roof exterior must be accessible from a 3.6m ladder placed on the ground.  Reasonable access does not include the cutting of access holes or the removal of screws and bolts or any other fastenings or sealants to access covers.  (AS4349.1).

Limitations of Inspection:

It is important that the client be aware that there are limitations in regards to the Inspection and as such should agree with Glasgow Building Inspections the purpose of the Inspection prior to the Inspection being carried out.  There will always be unexpected limitations that Glasgow Building Inspections cannot forecast prior to the Inspection being carried out until the Inspector has arrived onsite and is carrying out the Inspection.

Examples of expected limitations:

  • Legal right of entry.
  • Security systems.
  • Locked doors and windows.
  • Pets.
  • Furniture and similar obstructions.

The Inspector will nominate any limitations during the Inspection on the final professional Report presented to the client.  If the Report is a Verbal Report the client will be informed on site or at the presentation of the results of the Inspection to the client.

Extent of Report:

The significant items to be reported on are:

  • Major defects.
    • A defect of sufficient magnitude where rectification has to be carried out in order to avoid unsafe conditions, loss of utility or further deterioration of the property. (AS4349.1).
    • A general overview of the condition of the property regarding the extent of minor defects.
      • A defect other than a major defect. (AS4349.1).
      • Any major defect that is of serious concern and is a serious safety hazard.
        • For example: imminent collapse of a structural member, unsafe balustrades. (AS4349.1).

Acceptance criteria:

In AS4349.1 the basis for comparison is a building of similar age and similar type to the subject building and which is in reasonable condition, having been adequately maintained over the life of the building.  It follows that the subject building may not comply with Australian Standards, Building Regulations and the like that are applicable at the time of the Inspection. (AS4349.1).

Minor defects:

Glasgow Building Inspections Report also nominates minor defects to enable you to keep the equity in your home.

Minor defects are common to most properties which may include corrosion, weathering, cracking, blemishes, unevenness, general deterioration and physical damage to materials and finishes.

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