Property Inspections and Electrical Safety

Electrician turning the mains power off to a home before a property inspection is performed

Did you know it’s a legal requirement for tradespeople to deactivate the mains power before entering the roof space? This regulation extends to inspectors conducting property inspections.

“Under WA’s Work Health and Safety Regulations, it is mandatory for the mains power to be off before any worker enters the roof space of a Class 1, 2 or 10a building (generally being residential dwellings, apartment buildings or related buildings such as a shed, carport or private garage).” Extract from DEMIRS – the Department of Energy, Mines Industry Regulation and Safety,

When purchasing a pre-owned home, examining the roof void or ceiling space is a crucial component of a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection. This access allows inspectors to assess the roof frame and insulation, among other things, on your property.

It serves as a timely reminder to exercise caution when accessing roof voids. The ceiling space can harbor serious electrical risks that endanger anyone entering it.

Here’s what to bear in mind when scheduling property inspections:

Ensure access is provided

Ensure that inspectors have access to the main electrical switchboard, which is often secured and requires a key for opening. If you’re not present at the property during the inspection, ensure that you’ve conveyed access instructions to the inspector or agent before the site visit.

Try to avoid an inspection revisit

If inspectors are unable to switch off the power, it impedes their access to the roof void, necessitating a return visit and possibly incurring additional fees. It’s imperative to have inspections conducted promptly and with adequate communication. Ensure that your building inspector can access the main electrical switchboard to avoid any inconvenience.

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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