Understanding a building report

Inspection areas

Inspected Areas

The building report will indicate which areas were inspected and which were not accessible. The inspector will inform you of any inaccessible areas, possibly due to building design or insufficient crawl space.


What exactly is considered an obstruction? These can include items such as furniture, cabinets, flooring and ceiling coverings, and window treatments. They are noted during building inspections because they create obstacles. During an inspection, inspectors typically do not relocate obstructions to examine a specific area. Therefore, it’s crucial to engage an inspector who makes an effort to inspect these obstacles and utilizes advanced technology for inspections despite the presence of obstructions.

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Major and minor building defects

A major defect is one that, if left unrepaired, would worsen over time. On the other hand, a minor defect wouldn’t significantly impact the building or deteriorate if left unaddressed.

Examples of major defects in your Building report include water leaks, wood rot, substantial cracks from foundation movement, poor site drainage, and rising dampness. Minor defects encompass door adjustments, paint scuffs and marks, minimal hairline movement cracks, and cabinetry requiring adjustment.