PropertySafe

A PropertySafe Inspection includes a Report with an easy to read Summary followed by detailed reporting of each hazard and photographic evidence of the affected area, fixture or fitting. The Report detail is grouped into Hazard categories with each section containing a description of the hazard category, factors affecting the occupants, a description of any specific issues found, the location in the property where the issue occurs, a range of recommendations to remove or minimise the risk and possible trades required to remedy the issue.  

Each PropertySafe Report also includes an Action List containing a summary in urgency/severity order and a Quote Sheet for each issue that can be provided to trade repairers for quoting or specifying repair works with photos.

Depending on your situation, our optional Pool-Safe inspection provides the protection and re-assurance you need for your family or tenants.

The standard PropertySafe Report includes all hazards identified as the predominant causes of safety risk in residential properties:

  • Safety Switch – Safety Switches (or Residual Current Devices RCDs) protect people by shutting off the electricity to remove the chance of electrocution. By law, all newly constructed or significantly renovated homes must have a Safety Switch installed.  In some states, Safety Switches are also mandatory for tenanted properties.
  • Tree Hazards – Our inspectors carry out a visual inspection of trees and branches within 20 metres of the main building for obvious evidence that could constitute a safety hazard including large trees/limbs that could fall on the property, large trees/limbs that overhang power lines, large tree branches across walkways and sharp foliage/branches within proximity of walkways.

  • Building Hazards – Home owners can be liable for the consequences arising from an injury or death associated with a building fixture, fitting or structure including floors, walls, ceilings, eaves, guttering, downpipes, posts and beams. We inspect for obvious evidence in the building and substantial outbuilding within 20 metres.  Roof cavities and sub-floor areas are not included.

  • Internal Stair & Balustrade Hazards – Steps and stairs frequently present trip and fall hazards and consequently place the occupant at risk. Accidents happen when unexpected factors are present including non-uniform tread/riser dimensions, treads that are too high or risers that are too short, or if a low friction covering is used on the treads. The lack of a balustrade is a serious safety hazard as balustrades dramatically improve safety on stairs. Balustrades issues also contribute to serious falls if the gaps between railings or open treads are too wide, if the railings are horizontal rather than vertical, if the overall height is too low or if the height is easily overcome by nearby climbable objects. 

  • External Balcony, Deck & Stair Hazards – Exterior structures carry added risk with exposure to the elements and the need for good light in the dark. Exterior balconies, decks and verandahs are high risk hazards if the floor or deck material fails or if the attachment method to the main structure is compromised. The potentially greater fall heights for exterior structures leads to a greater risk of injury. Exterior steps and stairs present additional hazards over interior steps and stairs through faulty construction, damage or deterioration, a wider range construction materials, foundation slippage leading to collapse as well as dangerous contaminants such as moss. Exterior steps often have landings with inadequate clear space or handrails when doors open outward. Even more so, exterior balustrades contribute to serious falls if the gaps are too wide between railings or treads, if the railings are horizontal rather than vertical, if the height is too low or if the height is overcome by climbable objects within the vicinity. Property owners must perform regular inspection of structures to minimise the risk to family or tenants.

  • Glass Hazards – Occupants may be at serious risk if glass shows evidence of damage, imminent failure or is within a direct slip, trip or fall zone. Glass is abundant in windows, doors, mirrors, screens and panels and property owners may be liable if safety glass has not been used in renovation or repairs and subsequent injury occurs, even though Safety Glass is not necessarily a retrospective requirement for existing properties. 

  • Hot Water Hazard – If the water temperature exceeds 50 degrees in bathroom taps the occupants are at risk of severe burns or scalding and a tempering valve can greatly reduce this risk. We test the water delivered to the bathroom and report the temperature over a 2 minute period with visual evidence from the meter.

  • Fireplace & Fixed Heater Hazards – Property Owners must take steps to ensure maintenance items with fireplaces and fixed heaters are addressed to avoid risk of personal injury or property damage. In rented premises the landlord has full maintenance and cleaning responsibility for chimneys and external flues. Hazards can also be present with the absence of a safety screen, flammable opportunities within proximity, the potential for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and damage to fuel supply lines.

  • Slip Hazards – Inspection and maintenance will reduce home owner risk from controllable slip hazards by occupants. Factors affecting slips include the floor surface type, the presence and build-up of contaminants such as oil, grease, soap, sand/soil and moss on the walking surface, large, smooth and steep grade walking surfaces or, for example, the absence of anti-slip surfaces in shower baths.

  • Trip Hazards – Trip hazards are also a frequent cause of serious injury. Inspection and maintenance will reduce home owner risk from controllable tripping hazards by occupants. Factors affecting potential trip hazards include unexpected changes in walking surfaces for height, evenness, colour, uniformity or texture. 

  • Fall Hazards – Falls contribute to serious injury across all age groups, especially the young and the elderly. Inspection and maintenance will reduce home owner risk from controllable fall hazards by occupants. In particular, fall hazards can be present in falls from bedroom or non-bedroom windows including nearby objects that present climbable opportunities, compromising an otherwise appropriate height window or balustrade.

  • Electrical Hazards – Damaged electrical fixtures or fittings can lead to injury or death of occupants by fire or electrocution and the home owner may be liable if maintenance or repairs have not been performed. Electrical hazards can include damaged switches, lighting fixtures, power points, fixed appliances, power points adjacent to water sources or easily accessible light sockets. 

  • Gas Leakage Hazards – Gas is a highly reliable energy source however a leak from a gas outlet, faulty joint, appliance or storage cylinder could harm a person through inhalation or ignition, explosion and fire. We carry out an inspection of the property for the presence of permanent gas outlets and fixed appliances and if accessible we test with a gas detector unit for evidence of any leakage. 

  • Moisture & Mould Hazards – The presence of water staining or pooling can be a precursor for fungal growth, rising damp, spores and concealed termite activity that has the potential to cause harm to the property occupants from inhalation or structural failing. Home owners should treat moisture as an indicator of damage to their property with potential costs and/or personal injury risks if not investigated. A high moisture meter reading in the walls adjacent to the wet areas of a home can be as a result of several causes including a plumbing leak, shower recess failure, roof, guttering or drainage leak, rising damp or as an indicator of termite activity. 

  • Pest Hazards – Home owners must provide a property free from the presence of pests that pose a potential health and safety risk to the property occupants. If an infestation re-occurs owing to neglect by the property occupants, then they may become responsible depending on the nature of the pest and possible causes. This inspection is not a Termite Inspection – we carry out a visual inspection for evidence of rodents, cockroaches, fleas and suspected timber pest activity, droppings and workings.

  • Blind Cord Hazards – Young children can tragically strangle themselves on blind and curtain cords and under Australian consumer and product safety laws home owners must ensure a property is free from blind cord hazards. If corded curtains or blinds are included with tenanted properties, these ‘fixtures’ are and remain the responsibility of the landlord/owner for regulation purposes and any such hazards should be identified and rectified.

Inspector Observations – Our inspectors work through every aspect of the property covering the hazards outlined above. With their highly trained approach, a critical eye and heightened awareness, they may also identify unusual or latent safety issues which could place the occupants at risk of injury. Any such issues will be included with photos in the report for your review and consideration. 

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