What is a Pre-Purchase Pest Inspection?
An inspection and report assessing whether the building is sound and free of destructive timber pest attack and/or risk.
What purpose does it serve?
Approximately 1 property in 10 will have timber pest damage or infestation. Termites cause structural damage to load bearing floor, wall and/or roof frames. An average size home can be destroyed by termite infestation within a short period of time. Rectification of a termite damaged home cannot be claimed under standard home insurance leaving you with the bill to rectify if possible.
Who should obtain a report?
So as you are aware of what you are purchasing
What should be recorded?
Included in the report will be all areas inspected, including, material used in construction, any timber pest activity visually accessible, areas at risk of infestation, extent of serious damage and location of any issue with access.
Why should I get a Professional Report prepared?
Best Building Inspections will inspect each building as though we are the purchasers.
Be aware that 85% of companies and individual inspectors within this industry are unqualified and uninsured, taking less than 20 minutes on average to conduct an inspection which should otherwise take 1.5 – 2 hours to complete. This is common with companies charging less than $600 for combined building & pest inspections. Most of these inspectors will not want you present during inspection.
A company such as ours will conduct the inspection in accordance with the Australian Standard 4349.3 and take time to investigate the building correctly. We have inspected tens of thousands of properties of varying designs, size, and age and understand what common faults to look for within these buildings. We provide each client with insurance to the value of $1 million which is known as professional indemnity insurance. We are qualified pest consultants.
When are they needed?
When buying any building with structural or extensive non-durable timbers present. Remember that the building is yours including all defects and the cost to rectify these defects once the hammer falls at an auction.