The following information is very important and forms an integral part of the report.
Any person who relies upon the contents of the report does so acknowledging the following clauses. These define the Scope and Limitations of the inspection and form an integral part of the report. Before you decide to act upon the report you should read and understand all of the information contained herein. It will help explain what is involved in a PropertySafe inspection, the difficulties faced by an inspector and why it is not possible to guarantee that a property is free of safety hazards or defects, latent or otherwise. If there is anything contained within the report that is not clear or you have difficulty understanding, please contact PropertySafe prior to acting on the report.
Purpose of the Inspection and Report: The purpose of a Risk Management Inspection (the Inspection) is to identify health and safety issues in a residential property and to provide recommendations to the Report Purchaser in a Risk Management Report (the Report) regarding the safety condition of the property on the date of inspection.
Scope of the Inspection: THE REPORT IS NOT AN ALL ENCOMPASSING REPORT dealing with the building from every aspect. The recommendations are limited to residential health and safety issues where there are reasonably foreseeable risks that could result in sickness, injury or death. The Report is prepared on the basis that the use of the building will continue as a residential property and IS NOT suitable for Workplace Health and Safety purposes.
The Inspection comprises a visual assessment of the property to identify residential safety hazards at the time of inspection. The inspector IS NOT an expert in building, electrical, plumbing, glazing, gas fitting, structural engineering or pest detection.
Liability: The Report is to be utilised for the purposes outlined above only. The findings are specifically and confidentially for the Report Purchaser named on the face page of the Report to evaluate the risk level and need for action and not for determination of the property sale value, mortgage or security valuation or lease rate. To the extent permitted by law, we are not responsible for any liability, loss or damage (whether direct, indirect, special or consequential) whatsoever and however arising from or in connection with your use of the Report, whether that liability, loss or damage was caused by delay, error or omission, negligence, negligent misstatement or otherwise. We will not be liable for any loss, damage, cost or expense, whatsoever, suffered or incurred by any person other than the Report Purchaser in connection with the use of the Report.
Safe & Reasonable Access: Only areas to which safe and reasonable access is available are inspected. Safe access means areas where safe, unobstructed access is provided and the minimum heights or clearances specified below are available, or where these clearances are not available, areas within the inspector’s unobstructed line of sight and within arm’s length. The inspector has sole discretion in determining safe access to any area of the property.
Reasonable access does not include removing screws and bolts to access covers, the use of destructive or invasive inspection methods nor does it include moving heavy furniture, floor coverings or stored goods.
Areas, Items and Conditions Inspected
The Report DOES include inspecting and reporting on the following:
Area/s inspected: The interior and exterior of the home and outbuildings within 20 metres of the main dwelling. If the property inspected is part of a Strata or Community Title, inspection is limited to the interior of the unit, the main public entry door and foyer and subsequent pathway to the unit door, including the main stairwell up to 3 levels, as well as the immediately adjacent external area (within 2 metres) of the main entry door of the building. When the unit is 4 levels or higher or accessed by an elevator no inspection is made of any stairwells although the inspection does include the pathways from the main entry to the elevator and the elevator to the unit door. Any obvious safety risks noticed during entry to the building may also be noted in Inspector Observations.
Item/s inspected: Smoke detectors, fixed electrical fittings, safety switches, glass hazards, stairs, balconies, balustrades, pool fencing and pool gates only if specifically ordered and noted on the front page of the Report.
Conditions inspected for: Slip, trip and fall hazards, gas leaks, hot water temperature, moisture, mould, and any obvious* dangerous building, electrical, plumbing, vermin or pest infestation, the presence of power points within the splash zones of sinks/tubs of less than 45 litres.
* Obvious: items clearly visible to a reasonable person that is NOT an expert in building, electrical, plumbing, glazing, gas fitting, structural engineering or pest detection.
The Report DOES NOT include inspecting and reporting on the following:
Area/s NOT inspected: Roof surface and void, attics, sub-floor, crawl spaces, walk-in-robes or cupboard extensions, wall cavities, below carpets, behind furniture and storage, retaining walls, dams and waterways, any structure further than 20 metres from the main dwelling, any area not clearly visible from ground level.
Item/s NOT inspected: Ceiling insulation, house wiring, water and gas pipework, fireplaces, fixed heaters, hot water systems, portable electrical equipment, furniture, storage, water features, security/alarm equipment including locks, deadlocks, grills, cameras and alarms, pool pumps and pool fittings.
Condition/s NOT inspected for: Presence of asbestos, lead paint, soil contamination or toxic conditions including chemical storage, subfloor ventilation, health of trees, home occupier activity, lighting adequacy or night time visibility with regard to safety or security, the presence of power points within the splash zone of flexible hand held shower units. We do not inspect, test or operate any appliance or fitting other than those explicitly stated as part of the Inspection.
Limitations of the Inspection and the Report