As a student and someone yet to start in the inspection industry in Australia, I have a rather general question for your members regarding the electrical component of a general pre-purchase home inspection.
In terms of the amount of detail you appear to go into over there regarding the compliance and condition of electrical panels and wiring in a house, the Australian reports I’ve seen seem almost superficial by comparison.
For example, over here reports seem to be mostly limited to the panel’s location, the existence and/or performance of safety switches (RCDs or GFCIs), the functioning of power points (receptacles) and light fittings, reporting on suspicious attic (roof space) wiring and sometimes the performance of appliances, water heaters, aircons etc. I’ve yet to see any reference, for example, to anything behind the dead front in Australian reports – grounding, wiring damage, double taps, etc.
I realise that this is OK and not required according to your SOP (similarly in the Australian Standards), yet your courses and inspectors seem to examine it in much more detail than we seem to over here. Am I missing something? Or are both countries similar in their approach.
For anyone who has had experience with Australian conditions or contact with Australian inspectors, is there a difference? If so, could it be a liability issue? Safety issue? Regulation issue?
Thanks in advance.