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What is the difference between minor and major defects?.

A minor defect is a defect that needs less urgent attention to repair than a major defect. If a minor defect is not repaired, it may not deteriorate. Examples of minor defects include:

  • Leaking taps
  • Loose hinges
  • Deteriorated fencing
  • Uneven floors
  • Cracked Plaster

 

Why are Minor Defects noted in a Building Report?

Our building inspections are to Australian Standards 4349.1. Under the Australian Standard, only the major defects need to be included in the Building Report, however in order to provide a comprehensive building report, we include minor defects.

 

What is the difference between minor and major defects?

As previously stated, minor defects generally don’t lead to further deterioration when not repaired. Alternatively, major defects such as subsidence, damaged sealant or grout and inadequate site drainage need rectification to be carried out in order to avoid unsafe conditions, loss of utility or further deterioration of the property.

 

How costly are Minor Defects?

If a minor defect requires repair from a tradesperson or handyperson the repair cost are a function of their hourly rate and the building materials. If, for example, their hourly rates are $70 and it’s a 4-hour job, plus the building materials are $200 then the cost fo the repair would be $480.

 

Can Minor Defects become Major Defects?

Yes, minor defects can become major defects if maintenance if deferred for too long, for example if floors are uneven this may be due to subsidence, which may worsen overtime.

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