Residential Buildings and the REIWA Building Annexure

Residential building

What is the REIWA Building Annexure?

Most sale contracts include a building inspection condition that requires a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection to be completed by a qualified Building Inspector, followed by a report. The report helps buyers get a clear understanding of the condition of the property they are buying.

The most widely used building inspection condition is the REIWA Australian Standard Pre-Purchase Inspection for Major Structural Defects.

The focus of the annexure is on Major Structural Defects to the residential building. The Annexure defines many relevant terms used throughout the annexure however it is silent on what constitutes or makes up the “Residential Building” component of a property. And this is where some confusion can start for some people.

Residential Building Definition

Is the Workshop, Alfresco or Patio part of the residential building? Does the retaining wall next to the house form part of the residential building?

These are all relevant factors buyers will need to consider when completing the Building Inspection Annexure. Section 1 or the REIWA annexure allows a buyer to insert other areas beyond the residential building for the seller to action should a Major Structural Defect be identified.

Understanding what forms part of the “residential building” and other areas that could be included in Section 1 beyond the “residential building” can be very helpful for a buyer when completing the condition.

Residential Building is a building or structure within the boundaries, under the main roof (including post initial construction). Includes Verandas constructed at the same time as the main dwelling. Alfresco under main roof. Attached and/or standalone structures containing habitable rooms. Retaining walls directly associated with the foundations of the Residential Building.

If you need a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection on a home, you are buying we can take care of everything fast. Email us on [email protected], or call the team on 08 6184 5624.

What Are You Looking For?

Pre-purchase inspections

Identify major defects or issues that could impact your new property’s value and liveability.

Construction Progress Inspections

Identify major defects early before your build moves to the next stage.

Strata Inspections

Providing a clear understanding of building maintenance requirements.

Owner Builder Inspections

Offering a second set of qualified eyes to assess the work of your trades.

Termite & Timber Pest Inspections

Qualified timber pest inspectors who will inspect every room for termite activity.

Building Disputes

Our team is here to help you with your building and construction dispute.

Defect Inspections

Determine any faults or defects in a building with a qualified building inspector.

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