FAQ – Did You Inspect The Roof Void?

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Have you recently purchased a pre-purchase building inspection and come across limitations and roof access restrictions within your report?

Don’t panic, in most cases it doesn’t mean the inspector didn’t look in the roof. It just means there were areas within the roof space that they couldn’t get too. Due to the limited physical space and inherent nature of roof void and sub-floor areas, these areas can be subject to some form of limitation or access issue.

Here are some typical reasons for access restrictions/limitations to Roof Void areas:

  • Access point not usable or Structure unsafe for entry
  • Airconditioning concealing or preventing physical access
  • Insulation
  • Pitch
  • Roof frame (including Steel Truss)
  • Sarking
  • Stored Goods concealing or preventing physical access

And some typical reasons for access restrictions/limitations to Sub-Floor areas:

  • Ducting
  • Enclosed Foundation Area
  • Height
  • Insulation to Underside of Flooring
  • Access Locked
  • Plumbing
  • Stored Goods concealing or preventing physical access

Has the area been inspected?

If No Access is listed on your report, then the area was not inspected due to one or more of the above reasons. The Inspector may recommend access is gained and an additional inspection is required.

If Restricted Access is listed on your report, it is important to understand that it does not necessarily mean there is or isn’t an issue with that area. What it does translate to is that the inspector has made a reasonable visual assessment of that area within the limitations identified.

If in doubt give your inspector or the team in the office a call and they can further explain what these limitations were. You can reach our team via [email protected], or call us 08 6184 5624.

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Hi there, 

We see you have added an Electrical, Plumbing and Gas inspection (EPG) with a Pre-Settlement inspection. 

Please note these are very similar inspections, just performed at different times. The EPG occurs during your pre-purchase inspection, while the Pre-Settlement occurs 5-7 days before settlement. 

If you require both please proceed to check out. Alternatively, remove one and continue.

If you would like further information, please call our office before proceeding to check out on (08) 6184 5624