Classification of defects: notes to assist with interpretation of the building report.

We take a lot of care and attention to detail in the preparation and writing of our reports, paying particular attention to its ease of use and interpretation to that you, our customer, can see clearly the report’s findings. We use a series of coloured annotations to draw your attention to the severity and impact of any issues we find.

Major defects: annotated by a yellow dot     

A MAJOR DEFECT is a defect of sufficient magnitude that requires rectification in the SHORT TERM without undue delay to avoid:

  • unsafe conditions, posing a threat to life or serious injury; or,
  • loss of utility whereby the defect is such that the whole of the relevant part of the property can no longer serve its intended function; or, 
  • further substantial deterioration of the property”.

Major defects are typically damp related but may also be serious structural defect or other, such a kitchen or bathroom at the end of lifecycle or an inoperative roller or tilt-up garage door.

Please beware that a MAJOR defect does NOT necessarily imply HIGH COST.  It may be a simple, necessary repair that would typically be ignored if classified as MINOR.

It is highly recommended you discuss the report findings with the inspector to put this in perspective.

In the case of a MAJOR DEFECT with HIGH COST it is recommended in the course of exchange, that for an accurate and fair appraisal of costs be obtained from applicable trades. 

Minor defects: annotated in report with a green dot  

Classified as anything other than a major defect.  Items of repair and maintenance that do not require urgent repair and are common to properties well maintained or common for a particular type or age of property.

Safety defects: annotated in report with a red dot    

A safety defect also requires rectification in the SHORT TERM.  Note that with older properties there is often, (such as in the case of balustrades, smoke alarms or fall protection) NO legislated requirement to bring the dwelling up to CURRENT STANDARDS, however, the onus is on the OWNER as a DUTY of CARE.

A defect of sufficient magnitude where rectification has to be carried out without undue delay to avoid: unsafe conditions, loss of utility or further substantial deterioration of the property.

+ado building inspections provide a qualified, professional and informed assessment. Defects are clearly defined, assessed and articulated.  

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