Purchasing a home is one of the most important purchases you’ll ever make in your life. Therefore, you need to be certain that the property you’re considering is in good shape before committing your money. A building and pest inspection service involves the assessment of a home’s condition by a trained expert. During the inspection, a qualified inspector performs an in depth and impartial look at the property you intend to buy.
Once a proper pre-purchase property has been conducted by a licensed inspector, you’ll have all the details you need to make an informed decision. This way, you’ll be able to continue with the purchase process, negotiate a better price that accounts for the repairs you have to make, or opt out of the contract.
Why Pre-Purchase Building & Pest Inspections are Necessary
Building inspection services ideally help to ease the confusion and stress surrounding the purchase of a house. But whether you intend to customise the house or leave it as it is, you have to deal with the unknowns. Are there any expensive issues that will show up in the future? Finding such issues before you buy the house can be not only good for your finances (and purchase price), but also for the safety of your loved ones.
Areas Examined in a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection
In general, a pre-purchase building inspection assess both the outside and inside of your home. Here are the six most important inspection areas at the exterior of the house:
• Foundation: To check whether there are cracks in the foundation. If any cracks or irregularities are spotted in the foundation, an additional inspection may be needed to determine the construction’s integrity.
• Roof: To check if there are any holes or leaks. A thorough inspection should evaluate whether there are any flaws that might lead to leaks later on. It’s vital to check if there are any large trees hanging within the home because wet leaves from the trees occasionally cause problems for homeowners.
• Doors and Windows: Aside from checking if there’s broken glass, the windows should be checked to see if they open and shut properly with a decent seal, and be free from rot or damage at the sills. Likewise, the doors, especially those towards the outside should open and close properly with an ample seal to prevent added heating and cooling costs.
• Drainage: The adjacent land should slope from the home to make sure there’s adequate drainage and prevent flooding in the house. All the drainage spouts and gutters should be angled from the house.
• Decks and Porches: The inspection will try to locate any existing rot or damage from pests.
• Gutters, siding, and paint: The building inspection will look for the existence of bubbling or peeling. All the exterior fixtures that don’t affect the structural integrity, like the rain gutters or ornamental trims need to be checked for their general condition.
Here are the 6 critical interior areas to be thoroughly inspected during a pre-purchase building inspection:
• Ceilings, walls, and floors: These need to be evaluated for water damage, which is generally identified as mold or other stains, and for indications of insects and pests. Places near plumbing fixtures need more attention when looking for water damage, while cracks or gaps in the walls need to be checked for insects. The overall situation of the walls and floor surfaces also need to be assessed for their general condition.
• Appliances: It advisable to determine the condition of washers, refrigerators, microwaves, dryers, and other appliances in the house if it’s being sold together with them.
• Plumbing: This usually starts with a thorough check for leaks in all the fixtures and pipes. Both the cold and hot water pressure has to be tested on multiple faucets. Within the bathrooms, the areas surrounding the shower and bathtub have to be checked for mold and water damage.
• Fireplace and Chimney: A thorough inspection of the chimney and each fireplace will check for loose bricks and mortar, check for any obstructions inside the chimney, and measure the overall stability.
• Basement: It’s important to check for mold and water damage in the basement. This inspection is mostly an extension with the inspection of walls, ceilings, and the floors.
• Electrical and HVAC systems: The pre-purchase inspection of the infrastructural condition of the home is the most effective way of telling about the quality of the property, and by extension its value. When checking the heating ventilation and Air conditioning (HVAC) system, the inspectors examine the furnace, monitor the thermostat response, and assess the general ventilation. An electrical system inspection tests the circuit breaker, all the outlets, and the light fixtures.
What’s Checked During a Pre-Purchase Pest Inspection
A pre-purchase pest inspection different from the standard pest inspection that homeowners may have on their own property in that, it includes other aspects such as wood decay fungi, borers, and mold. The possible costs for terminating pests, repairing the damages, and remedying the prevalent pest problems can be quite high. As such, they can serve as a powerful negotiation tool when purchasing a property.
A good pest inspection involves a detailed, careful, and methodological assessment of the interior and exterior of your home by a trained and experienced pest inspector. They’ll ideally be looking for evidence of current and past pest activity, and the conditions that increase the risk for future pest problems.
Our inspectors use specialized tools such as motion detectors, moisture meters, and thermal imaging cameras, as well as the most powerful of all – a trained and practiced eye. The inspection entails checking the following:
• Retaining walls
• Roof voids
• Sub floor
• Every room in the house
Once the building and pest inspection is complete, you’ll get an expert overview of the house along with a thorough report detailing the condition of the building, its physical structure, and all the systems inside it.
The report typically has a specific reference to the following:
• Inspection of the interior and exterior of the building.
• Assessing the safety hazards and major defects in all the visible area of the property.
• Subfloor and roof space
• The visible condition of services
• General appraisal of property
• A pest report
• The potential improvements and capacity for expansion
• Maintenance items
• Verbal follow-up after the inspection
The inspector can show you in detail and discuss any issues that they discovered. The report is likely to be accompanied with pictures to help you make the right decisions when making the repairs.
Benefits of a Building and Pest Inspection Report
Unlike the basic building inspections, a combined building and pest inspection ideally highlight the condition of the building and the systems inside it, evaluate the presence of termites and other wood pests, and even identify various conditions that are conducive to the future activity of pests. Owing to the devastating damage that termites can cause on a property, these reports are generally regarded as critical in many parts of Australia.
In case there are major defects found or any termite activity discovered, our report will give you the full details you need to either avoid buying an affected property and thereby save you from possible financial loss, or help you negotiate for a better price that accounts for the repairs and other corrective actions that may be necessary.
Once you obtain your building and pest inspection report, you’ll be ready to plan ahead and assess any additional costs such as repairs, maintenance, and future renovations. The popularity of these inspections allows us to offer combined building and pest reports at a discounted rate, thereby helping you to not only minimize risk, but also save some money.
Do you Need Both a Building and Pest Inspection?
Keep in mind that a building inspection is different from a pest inspection. Although there are certain areas where both overlap, there are some significant differences between them, and that’s why it’s important to have both a building and a pest inspection before purchasing a home.
Although a proper building inspection should identify any visual pest damage, it’s not specifically meant to look for signs of any active pests such as borers, termites, or wood decay. More importantly, the pest inspection will ideally cover all of the areas covered by a building inspection, and will also include an inspection of up to 30 meters from the main building to look for any signs of termite activity that has the potential to become a future threat to the property.
Keep in mind that both inspectors will be checking pretty much the same areas of the building. But when it’s one person doing both the inspections, it will save a lot of time and money, resulting into a faster and cheaper inspection for the home buyer.
Why Choose Us?
We provide joint building and pest inspections in Australia. Our Building and pest inspectors have an extensive experience in the industry and can assist you with a comprehensive building inspection, and the detection of termites and other timber pests in the building. We also have professional indemnity and public liability insurance for all our building and pest inspectors, so you can make your purchase with absolute confidence. We can also offer same day building and pest inspection services in Australia, and provide you with the written report of the inspection through email within 24 hours.
Property Investment Interstate?
Thousands of people who live in Melbourne, VIC have property investments interstate, particularly Queensland, where prices haven’t exactly had the same explosive growth as Melbourne or Sydney.
What you may not know (or possibly don’t want to hear!) homes in Brisbane and the Gold Coast are constantly under the threat of termites who infest and cause extensive damage to as many as 1 homes in 3 (or so we are told).
If you are considering purchasing an investment home in Queensland or moving to Queensland to settle you definitely want to arrange to have your building and pest inspections done before you sign on the dotted line.