Building Inspection Definitions
A building inspection is a visual appraisal of the condition of a completed property by a licenced building inspector. The inspector will write a building inspection report highlighting existing defects such as rising damp, cracking, safety hazards and roofing issues. It is not a warranty against future defects.
Pre-Purchase Home Inspection
A pre-purchase building inspection is a building inspection paid for by someone purchasing a property that has signed a conditional contract. After receiving the building inspection report the purchaser can make a decision to go unconditional. Don't confuse pre-purchase home inspection with pre-sale building inspection
Pre-Purchase Building Inspection
See Pre-Purchase Home Inspection The word building and property are synonymous when it comes to inspections, however, there is a subtle difference when it comes to strata titles in that the property will be inspected, but not the building
Residential Building Inspection
Again this is synonymous with Pre-Purchase Home Inspection Some companies offer commercial property inspections so they differentiate the two by using the words Residential and Commercial.
Pre-Sale Building Inspection
A pre-sale building inspection is an inspection paid for by someone selling a property. After receiving the building report the seller can then make a decision to amend any issues or change the price of their house. Either way, it ensures there will be no surprises once a purchaser has been found
Visual Building Inspection
A visual building inspection is limited to areas where it is safe and reasonable to access at the time of inspection. Wall linings will not be removed and furniture blocking access may not be moved. Unless explicitly stated otherwise, an inspection is a visual inspection, not an invasive inspection
Invasive Building Inspection
An invasive building inspection involves checking everywhere in the building. This often means removing wall linings, cutting holes in walls and moving any furniture. Such extreme methods are common when it is strongly suspected there is structural damage or termites in the building.
High Quality Building and Pest Inspection
Accurate Building and Pest Inspection
Accurate Building and Pest Inspection as opposed to just a Building and Pest Inspection is an inspection that truly reflects the condition on the property. Only a 'licenced' building inspector using the latest technology can produce an accurate report, however they are still limited by the inspection only being a visual inspection and not an invasive one
Licenced Building Inspector
A Licenced Building Inspector is someone who works in the building industry in Queensland and has the Building Inspector Licence issued by QBCC. If someone works in the building industry in Queensland, with a few minor exceptions, they need to have a valid licence issued by QBCC. Your building inspector MUST be licensed by QBCC with the Building Inspector Licence.
Building Inspector Licence
A Building Inspector Licence, formally known as a 'Completed Residential Building Inspection licence' is a licence issued by QBCC to allow someone to perform the inspection of a completed building, including an inspection and preparation of a report in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.1 2007 'Inspection of Buildings-Pre-purchase property Inspections-Residential buildings'.
Australian Standard 4349.1 2007
The Australian Standard 4349.1 2007 are a set of rules created by Standards Australia. What's important is that QBCC enforce these standards by licence holders and have the power to fine and eject members that do not follow them.
Pest Inspection Definitions
In the Pest Inspection industry a termite inspection is a synonym for a pest inspection. Termites are considered one of many pests that also include borers, wood decay, fungi and mould.
Pre-Purchase Pest Inspection
A pre-purchase pest inspection is a pest inspection paid for by someone purchasing a property that has signed a conditional contract. After receiving the pest inspection report the purchaser can make a decision to go unconditional. Don't confuse pre-purchase pest inspection with pre-sale pest inspection
QBCC Termite Management - Chemical Licensee
A QBCC Termite Management - Chemical licence is a licence issued by QBCC to allow someone to perform Pre-slab and perimeter chemical treatment of new building work for termite management and Inspect or investigate a completed building, and give advice or a report about termite management systems for the building and termite infestation in the building.
QBCCTermite Management – Physical Licensee
A Termite Management – Physical Licensee is a licence issued by QBCC to allow someone to install a particular material or system designed for the prevention of termite infestation in accordance with the manufacturer's specification or any other applicable standard and inspect or investigate a completed building, and give advice or a report about the use of the particular material or system for the building.
Combined Building and Pest Inspection Definitions
Combined Building and Pest Inspection
A combined building inspection and pest inspection is when the building inspection is asked for at the same time as the pest inspection. This often allows for financial savings such as travel and administration costs that are only incurred once and is therefore a popular choice for people buying houses or apartments
Report means the document and any attachments issued to the paying customer by the inspector. Reports are normally valid for 30 days and can formally act as Proof when it comes to the contract
A mould inspection is part of a building inspection and also a pest inspection. Mould is a sign that there are damp issues in a property. Whilst there are many innocent and easy remedies to mould, there are also many serious and expensive causes. Mould can also be hazardous to your health.
NORTH BRISBANE BUILDING & PEST INSPECTIONS
Local Building Inspector
These are all synonyms for North Brisbane Building & Pest Inspections which is the building and pest inspection business Brett has set up under the trading name of BCZ Constructions
Other Building Industry Definitions
QBCC Licensee Search
A QBCC licensee search is an online service that allows you to immediately see the details about a licence QBCC contractor or employee. You can, and should, check they have valid licences to carry out your work.
In Queensland most houses are bought and sold using the standard Real Estate Institute of Queensland (REIQ) contract. Sometimes additions are made and sections are removed, however in all circumstances, it is highly recommended that buyers and sellers obtain specialist advice about the effect of the contract of sale before signing.
When signing a contract to buy a house, it is normal to sign it with some conditions. The usual conditions are Finance, Building & Pest. The contract will have a conditional 'date', which is the date the buyer needs to go unconditional or withdraw from the contract with Proof/evidence
As per a conditional contract the contract goes unconditional when the buyer has written confirmation from their financial institution that they will lend them the money and also when the buyer is satisfied that the building and pest inspection did not reveal issues of concern
A completed building is a property that has already been built. During the build process it generally means the point where all building work is complete or all but completed, in accordance with the contract, and the house is reasonably fit for occupation.