Building And Pest Inspection Ipswich
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From old Queenslanders to studio apartments, we do it all. Dedant Building and Pest Inspections is a local company that can provide you with the information you need to make an informed decision on your purchase.
Building and pest inspection
A pre-purchase building and pest inspection is a combined inspection, looking at building defects and timber pest activity.
The building inspection is a visual appraisal of the condition of the property, looking at major and minor defects and safety hazards. The timber pest inspection involves a visual inspection of all accessible areas of the property to see if there’s any evidence of active termites or termite damage. The building and pest inspector will also not whether the property has a current termite management system.
During the inspection, the house is checked for any high moisture readings especially around the wet areas like bathrooms. Areas of high moisture are a conducive condition to termites as they love damp areas. It can also sometimes indicate a leak. The inspector will also use a thermal imaging camera to detect anomalies that may not be visible to the naked eye. Such as large heat spots in the walls indicating termite activity.
The importance of a building and pest inspection in Ipswich
Whether you’re buying a house, apartment or townhouse, it’s a big investment! It’s essential that you have a clear understanding of the current condition of the property. You want to make sure you’re getting what you’re paying for and that you’re not buying a money pit. It also gives you peace of mind and can save you from costly repairs of defects that may have otherwise gone unnoticed.
What's included in my Ipswich building and pest inspection?
A building and pest inspection includes a thorough inspection of all accessible areas within 30 meters of the house. This means the building and pest inspector will check 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 subfloor of the property (subject to safe and reasonable access)
- The roof exterior (subject to height restrictions) – including gutter and downpipes.
- The property within 30m of the building being inspected – including fencing, retaining walls, driveways, paths, surface drainage.
Under Australian Standards, there are some items that cannot be checked during a building and pest inspection as they are outside the scope and qualifications of a building and pest inspector. These items can include swimming pools, home appliances, electrical, plumbing, smoke alarms, solar panels and more. Likewise, they are unable to check whether the home is compliant with current building codes, has hazardous substances or the likelihood of natural disasters.
What happens after my inspection?
After the inspection, the building and pest inspector will collate their findings into a report. This report is easy-to-ready, includes coloured photos and is sent within 24 hours of the inspection taking place. At Dedant Building and Pest Inspections, we also include the inspector’s phone number on the last page of the report so you can call them directly with any questions.
Once you have the report, it’s important to read it thoroughly. Each of our reports is recognised by lawyers, surveyors and real estate agents as they are completed in accordance with Australian Standards. This means that should you need to negotiate or exit the contract of sale based on the findings of the report, you can do so.
It’s important to remember that each report is designed to help you make an informed decision about the property. The building and pest inspectors themselves are unable to advise whether you should proceed with the purchase or not. As the circumstances are different for every buyer. What may be suitable for one person may not be for another. For this reason, the decision of what to do after the pre-purchase inspection lies with you.
How much does a building and pest inspection cost in Ipswich?
The cost of a building and pest inspection in Ipwich depends on the size of the property. Inspections for apartments and units start from $340 including GST (June 2023).
Whereas inspections for detached houses with 2+ bedrooms start from $440 including GST (June 2023). If there is a granny flat or additional living spaces, there are likely to be additional costs. This is due to the extra time needed to inspect those areas.
Have peace of mind with Dedant Building and Pest Inspections
At Dedant, our inspectors are fully licensed and highly experienced to carry out building and pest inspections.