A Pre-Purchase Building and pest Inspection is a visual property inspection that is performed prior to finalising a property purchase. Having a pre-purchase building and pest inspection is generally part of the purchase contract. If you’re buying a new home or purchasing an investment property, it’s important to have an inspection done. The findings will be recorded into one ‘easy to read’ report. The report features photographs and a summary of all major and minor defects. DedAnt provides Building and Pest Inspections that are conducted to Australian Standards. We service Brisbane, Redlands, Logan, Scenic Rim, Moreton Region, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast. All of Dedant Building Inspectors are skilled, licensed, insured and experienced.
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What’s Included in a Building and Pest Inspection?
This is a combined inspection, looking at building issues and pest activity.
The Building inspection is a visual appraisal of the condition of the property, highlighting major and minor defects and safety hazards. The Pest Inspection involves a visual inspection of all accessible areas of the property to see if there is any evidence of active termites or previous termite damage. The inspector will also note whether the property has a termite management system installed.
The house is checked for any high moisture readings especially surrounding the wet areas like bathrooms. Other areas that are checked are the yard and exterior of the building, internal rooms, ceiling roof void and house foundations.
Why is a building and pest inspection important?
- Identify any safety hazards at the property
- Identify any major defects (a defect that could affect the liveability of the property in a major element of the building)
- Plan in advance for repairs and maintenance that need to be carried out
- Identify damage caused by termites or termite activity.
- Action problems before they get worse.
What areas are inspected?
The building inspector will inspect the following areas
- The interior of the property – including walls, floor, ceiling, windows, doors, bathroom, laundry, stairs and cupboards.
- The roof space of the property (subject to safe and reasonable access)
- The exterior of the property – including stairs, garage, external finishes, gutter, eaves, porch, weep holes and ventilation, external door components.
- The sub floor of the property (subject to safe and reasonable access)
- The roof exterior (subject to height restrictions) – including gutter and down pipes.
- The property within 30m of the building being inspected – including fencing, retaining walls, driveways, paths, surface drainage.
Things not covered by your inspection
There are restrictions on the inspection. The inspection is visual only so will be conducted on what can be seen without touching or moving any furniture, rugs, objects or otherwise on the property.
The following items are not included in the building and pest inspection as they are outside of the inspectors area of expertise and should be checked by a suitably qualified trade person (ie. plumber or electrician)
- Home appliances – if the property is being sold with appliances such as a dishwasher, air conditioning unit, range hood, ducted vacuum system, oven or building in heater.
- Other Accessories – such as CCTV, alarm systems, smoke detectors (the inspector will comment on the location but not test), power points, garden irrigation systems, television plugs or intercom system.
- Swimming pools – the inspector is not qualified to comment on the condition of the pool, whether the fence meets safety standards, the condition or function of the pool equipment. Contact your local pool inspector for this service.
- Compliance to building codes – The building and pest inspection does not comment on the structures compliance with local building codes or regulations.
- Toxic and hazardous substances – The building report will note whether the house is likely to contain hazardous materials such as asbestos, however materials cannot be determined without sending for further investigation and testing. This is not included in the building and pest inspection.
- Natural disasters – The building inspection does not include comment about the likelihood of the area flooding, experiencing erosion or a landslide.
The inspector will use the latest equipment throughout the property, including a moisture metre (an indication of leaking pipes behind walls) and thermal imaging camera.
To arrange your inspection, contact us today.