1. Inspection During Construction

    Building Inspection Reports

    Inspection During Construction

    The common procedure in the building industry is for the owners to engage a building contractor to build for them for a price; licenced contractor is responsible at the end of the day to supply a building that complies with the relevant standards and quality, in most cases this does not happen!  

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  2. Defects Reports

    Building Defects Report

    Defects Reports

    A condition report of buildings adjacent to a construction site prior to the commencement of construction, often a Council condition of approval. Usually done as a photographic record of the structure. Councils, require suitably qualified people, and may not accept a building consultant.  

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  3. Expert Witness Reports

    Expert Witness Report

    Expert Witness Reports

    Defects or incomplete expert report completed in a method evidence and preparing reports that may at some stage be used as evidence for litigation purposes in any jurisdiction.  

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  4. Dilapidation Reports

    Dilapidation Report

    Dilapidation Reports

    The common procedure in the building industry is for the owners to engage a building contractor to build for them for a price; licenced contractor is responsible at the end of the day to supply a building that complies with the relevant standards and quality, in most cases this does not happen!  

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Terms & Conditions

(not all items may be associated the building dispute report)

this inspection is a standard visual inspection of a residential building carried out in accordance to a.s 4349.0 & as 4349.1-2007, as noted in regards to special type inspection. ‘consultant’ is ‘worthingtons building consultancy’

‘proprietor’, ‘owner’ or ‘client’ is the person who engaged the contractor to undertake the work.

‘contractor’ is the person or company who was contracted or engaged to complete the work.

‘sub-contractor’ is the person or company who was the contractor engaged by the major contractor to complete separate trade contracts.

‘rectifying contractor’ is the person or company who was engaged to complete or rectify the work after the first contractor’s contract has been terminated.

the consultant is aware and follows the requirements of the expert witness code of conduct to the best of his ability.

the consultant guided by master builders association accredited housing building ‘code of ethics’.

the consultant or inspector is not a structural engineer.

the report supplied is not a certificate of compliance within the requirements of the act, regulation, ordinance, local law or bylaw and is not a warranty against problems developing with the building in the future.

when required licensed electrician should be engaged to check all electrical system that are fitted to residence.

electrical and plumbing work in cavity, framework, solid brick walls, flat roof space or where not visible is generally classed as acceptable.

this is not a pest report and a suitable qualified pest inspector must be used to meet with as 3660 on the inspections of building where required, sought by the proprietor.

persons requesting the inspection should arrange for the consultant to obtain reasonable access to the residential or commercial building plus those contractual documents and information required to complete a standard report.

any oral reports will be confirmed in writing.

the words “reasonable”, “acceptable”, “fair”, are used in this report meaning that they are reasonable, acceptable and fair with respect to the age of the building.

this report is not transferable to any party other than the client/proprietor named in the report. that means the report is copy write unless permission is received by the writer.

this is a visual inspection unless only unless a further forensic inspection is required, or as instructed.

all additional payment above the stated retainer (if required and as per details) must be paid before supply of the report, attendance to courts or tribunal or where it is required further supplementary report or actions are required.

costs associated with scott schedule are worked out to either and rawlinson  Australian construction handbook, 38 years building experience and knowledge or as estimated for the hours to rectify or complete the item in question and may alter to an engaged contractors costs which are general set by the contractor used and market rates for which generally controlled by supply and demand. it is always recommended that at least 2 to 3 quotes are obtained from licensed contractors to assure the correct market value.

further important information regarding the scope and limitations of the inspection and this report

important information any person who relies upon the contents of this report does so acknowledging that the following clauses, which define the scope and limitations of the inspection, form an integral part of the report.

this report is not an all encompassing report dealing with the building from every aspect. it is a reasonable attempt to identify any obvious or significant defects apparent at the time of the inspection. whether or not a defect is considered significant or not, depends, to a large extent, upon the age and type of the building inspected. this report is not a certificate of compliance with the requirements of any act, regulation, ordinance or by-law. it is not a structural report. should you require any advice of a structural nature you should contact a structural engineer.

this is a visual inspection only unless notified, limited to those areas & sections of the property fully accessible and visible to the inspector on the date of inspection. the inspection did not include breaking apart, dismantling, removing or moving objects including, but not limited to, foliage, mouldings, roof insulation/ sisalation, floor or wall coverings, sidings, ceilings, floors, furnishings, appliances or personal possessions. the inspector cannot see inside walls, between floors, inside skillion roofing, behind stored goods in cupboards & other areas that are concealed or obstructed. the inspector did not dig, gouge, force or perform any other invasive procedures. visible timbers cannot be destructively probed or hit without the written permission of the property owner.

this report does not & cannot make comment upon: defects that may have been concealed; the assessment or detection of defects (including rising damp and leaks) which may be subject to the prevailing weather conditions; whether or not services have been used for some time prior to the inspection & whether this will affect the detection of leaks or other defects (eg. in the case of shower enclosures the absence of any dampness at the time of the inspection does not necessarily mean that the enclosure will not leak); the presence or absence of timber pests; gas-fittings; common property areas; environmental concerns; the proximity of the property to flight paths, railways, or busy traffic; noise levels; health and safety issues; heritage concerns; security concerns; fire protection; site drainage (apart from surface water drainage); swimming pools & spas (non-structural); detection & identification of illegal building work; detection & identification of illegal plumbing work; durability of exposed finishes; neighbourhood problems; document analysis; electrical installation; any matters that are solely regulated by statute; any area(s) or item(s) that could not be inspected by the consultant.

accordingly this report is not a guarantee that defects and/or damage does not exist in any inaccessible or partly inaccessible areas or sections of the property. (nb such matters may upon request be covered under the terms of a special-purpose property report.)

consumer complaints procedure. in the event of any controversy or claim arising out of, or relating to this report, either party must give written notice of the dispute to the other party. if the dispute is not resolved within ten (10) days from the service of the notice then the dispute shall be referred to a mediator nominated by the inspector. should the dispute not be resolved by mediation then either party may refer the dispute to the institute of arbitrators & mediators of Australia for resolution by arbitration.

asbestos disclaimer: “no inspection for asbestos was carried out at the property and no report on the presence or absence of asbestos is provided. if during the course of the inspection asbestos or materials containing asbestos happened to be noticed then this may be noted in the additional comments section of the report. buildings built prior to 1982 may have wall and/or ceiling sheeting and other products including roof sheeting that contains asbestos. even building built after this date up until the early 90s may contain some asbestos. sheeting should be fully sealed. if concerned or if the building was built prior to 1990 or if asbestos is noted as present within the property then you should seek advice from a qualified asbestos removal expert as to the amount and importance of the asbestos present and the cost of sealing or removal. drilling, cutting or removing sheeting or products containing asbestos is a high risk to peoples’ health. you should seek advice from a qualified asbestos removal expert.”

mould (mildew and non-wood decay fungi) disclaimer: mildew and non wood decay fungi is commonly known as mould. however, mould and their spores may cause health problems or allergic reactions such as asthma and dermatitis in some people. no inspection for mould was carried out at the property and no report on the presence or absence of mould is provided. if in the course of the inspection, mould happened to be noticed it may be noted in the additional comments section of the report. if mould is noted as present within the property or if you notice mould and you are concerned as to the possible health risk resulting from its presence then you should seek advice from your local council, state or commonwealth government health department or a qualified expert such as an industry hygienist

qualification expert witness estimating any estimates provided in this report are merely opinions of possible costs that could be encountered, based on the knowledge and experience of the inspector. the estimates are not a guarantee or quotation for work to be carried out. the actual cost is ultimately qualified by reason of, information supplied, absence of investigative destructive testing, other factors such as building price index adjustments, weather, industry dispute, availability of tradesman, availability of general or special material and specialist contractors and reports requirements. all instances it is recommended that multiple independent quotes are sourced prior to any work being carried out. it is recommended that the costs and quotes obtain to carry out the works be assessed and agreed to by the writer before commencement.

1) conditions :- this standard property report is conditional upon or conditional in relation to –

a. the assessment of any apparent defect including rising damp and leaks, the detection of which may be subject to prevailing weather conditions;

b. information provided by the person, the employees or agents of the person requesting the report;

c. the specific areas of ‘expertise’ of the consultant specified in the report;

d. apparent concealment of possible defects; or

e. any other factor limiting the preparation of the report.

Providing building inspections services to Sydney, the southern highlands, and south coast.

About Us

Worthingtons Building Consultancy principal Stephen Worthington has been carrying out building inspections and reports since 1994...read more