Before you get your Building and Pest Inspection, it is important to know the areas that are not inspected in a building and pest inspection. Our qualified building and pest inspectors have extensive experience in the building industry and are very knowledgeable about building, structure, building hazards and identifying maintenance issues. They have also experienced pest controllers specialising in termite inspections and management. Other specialists that you may consider asking for advice before purchasing your new home are plumbers, electricians, swimming pool technicians, air conditioning technicians and smoke alarm technicians.
By knowing what we don’t inspect beforehand, you are able to make the necessary arrangements with other inspectors and tradespeople so that every aspect of your home can be examined.
1) Electrical wiring
Inspectors at Dedant Building and Pest Inspectors are not electricians.
As such, we are not qualified to assess the safety or condition of your electric wiring, switches, power points or any appliances around the home. We only check if the electricity is connected.
If you are concerned about fire and safety standards of the electrical work within your home, we can refer you to a qualified electrician if you contact us.
At Dedant we turn taps on to examine leakage, we can either attract or be a sign of termites.
However, inspectors at Dedant are not plumbers, so we do not examine plumbing conditions generally.
We do not look at water pressure, whether the hot water system works, pipe connections, whether toilets are prone to clog, whether your shower floods etc.
For a comprehensive look at your plumbing, a qualified plumber will be able to advise you.
During our inspections, we do not look at gas, fireplaces or chimneys. Anyone who installs, inspects or alters any part of a gas system must have a gas inspection certificate.
Gas is generally found in water heating, ovens, stoves and other appliances. However, as gas is both flammable and toxic, it comes with an inherent risk.
The risk of a gas leak, fire or explosion is too great to ignore. If you are concerned about gas appliances within your home, we can refer you to the relevant experts.
It is important to get regular pool safety inspections, as pools can be dangerous if proper safety standards are not met, particularly for people 5 or under.
This expert will examine the pool shell, equipment and fencing. A pool safety inspection might also need to be conducted. Typically, pools are not inspected during a building and pest inspection.
At Dedant, we can organise your swimming pool inspection for you. In most cases, we are able to coordinate the pool inspection to take place alongside your building and pest inspection.
5) Risk of natural disasters
Dedant will not provide any commentary on the risk of flooding, earthquake, hurricanes, mudslide or any other natural disaster that impact the structural integrity of the property.
6) Restricted areas
Our inspectors first consideration is always their health and safety. Thus, they will not go to or inspect any area that is not safe or reasonable to access.
For example, a floor with broken glass or nails sticking out is an unsafe area, an area with loose or broken asbestos or a roof void with foil insulation.
Likewise, inspectors cannot conduct an invasive inspection of your property. This means they cannot look inside walls, behind cupboards, inside eaves or by lifting floorboards etc.
Similarly, we cannot move furniture, remove screw bolts or cut holes in anything.