Reporting on Minor Defects

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Most properties have minor defects, especially if preventive or routine maintenance has not been carried out. Minor defects are normally rectified as part of normal on-going property maintenance. 

The following are examples of what could normally be considered minor defects (provided the item does not require urgent attention, rectification or repair):

  1. general deterioration of paintwork;
  2. spot rusting;
  3. build-up of debris in roof gutters;
  4. chips in building elements such as wall finishes;
  5. de-silvering of mirrors;
  6. slight wear to floor finishes and coverings;
  7. loose trim, fixtures and fittings;
  8. unevenness of floors, especially in wet areas such as bathrooms;
  9. small cracks in window panes; and
  10. slight weathering damage to external joinery.

Clause of AS 4349.1-2007, indicates that the report shall describe the overall extent of minor defects. The inspector is not required to comment on individual minor defects and imperfections.

However, in some circumstances, an inspector may comment on an individual minor defect, e.g. if a minor defect arises from a major defect, or if attention is not given to a particular minor defect it could easily cause or turn into a major defect.

The extent of the information provided in a report depends on the incidence and extent of minor defects. The following sample statements clarify the point.

  1. There are very few minor defects. Normal ongoing property maintenance must be carried out.
  2. There are many minor defects. Normal ongoing property maintenance must be carried out.

Particular attention should be given to the widespread build-up of leaves on the flat metal roof and debris in roof gutters.

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