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Building and Pest Report Terminology and Definitions

Terms used in the Conclusion of our Building Reports – Overall Condition of the Property

LOW: The frequency or magnitude of major/minor defects is considered to be less than expected for a wellmaintained building of similar type and age.

TYPICAL: The frequency or magnitude of major/minor defects is considered to be typical (as expected) for a well-maintained building of similar type and age.

HIGH: The frequency or magnitude of major/minor defects is considered to be higher than expected for a wellmaintained building of similar type and age.

BELOW AVERAGE: The opinion regarding the general condition of the building when compared to a building of a similar type and age is lower than expected. A high number of significant defects are present. The property has been poorly maintained and may require significant rectification work.

AVERAGE: The opinion regarding the general condition of the building when compared to a building of a similar type and age is ‘as expected’. A typical number of significant defects are present. The property has been maintained to a reasonable level and requires rectification work in keeping with most other properties of this type.

ABOVE AVERAGE: The opinion regarding the general condition of the building when compared to a building of a similar type and age is higher than expected. A low number of significant defects are present. The property has been well maintained and may only require minimal rectification work, less than other properties of this type.

MINOR DEFECT: A defect other than a major defect – not individually reported on – Items such as minor blemishes, corrosion, cracking, weathering, general deterioration, unevenness, and physical damage to materials and finishes, such as de-silvering of mirrors.

MAJOR DEFECT: Is a Defect requiring building works to avoid unsafe conditions, loss of function or further worsening of the defect item.