Building and Pest Inspection in Sunshine Coast

 Make an Informed Decision

If you are considering purchasing a property on the Sunshine Coast, it is important not to go into your purchase blindly. Make sure you book a quality building and pest inspection Sunshine Coast with a company you can trust. At Dedant Building and Pest Inspections, we will provide you with the information you need to make an informed purchase decision.

What is a building and pest inspection?

A pre-purchase building and pest inspection is a comprehensive visual inspection of a property to assess its condition before purchasing. This ensures that buyers are fully aware of the current condition of the property. It is essentially two inspections combined – a building inspection and a timber pest inspection.

The building inspection involves checking the property for major and minor defects, safety hazards, and other issues that affect the livability of the property. Meanwhile, the timber pest inspection involves checking all accessible areas of the property to see if there is any evidence of active termites or previous termite damage. The inspector will also advise whether the termite management system is current.

During the inspection, the inspector will also check the house with a thermal imaging camera and moisture meter, especially around wet areas. The thermal imaging camera detects abnormal hot/cold patterns which could indicate termite activity or possible moisture problems. The moisture meter helps to detect high levels of moisture which can lead to major problems and is conducive to termites.

Afterward, the inspector will compile their findings into a comprehensive building and pest report. This report is easy to read and includes coloured photos of the listed building defects. It also includes recommendations for repairs and further investigation if required.

Why is a building and pest inspection so important for my Sunshine Coast property?

It is important to get a building and pest inspection when considering a property purchase in Sunshine Coast because it is a significant investment. You don't want to buy a property that has significant defects or one that is a money pit. Building defects can be safety issues or affect the livability of the property. They may also require expensive repairs. Additionally, termites can go unnoticed for years if the house is not checked properly, and the first time you may become aware of their presence is when you put a hand through the wall, at this stage it is too late, and extensive damage has been done.

Getting an experienced industry professional to assess the property before finalizing your purchase could save you thousands of dollars when buying your home or investment property in Sunshine Coast.

What do you check during a Sunshine Coast building and pest inspection?

A pre-purchase 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:

  • 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 is within 30m of the building being inspected – including fencing, retaining walls, driveways, paths, and surface drainage.

It is worth noting that some items cannot be checked during a building and pest inspection under Australia Standards 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. Additionally, inspectors are unable to check whether the home is compliant with current building codes, has hazardous substances or likelihood of natural disasters.

What to expect for your Sunshine Coast building and pest inspection?

Our pre-purchase building and pest inspections are thorough and reliable. They are our best asset with each having over 30 years of experience within the building industry. Our inspectors pride themselves on providing clear communication and helping you to understand the condition of your new property.

At Dedant Building and Pest Inspections, we take care of everything for you. We will contact the selling agent or vendor to arrange access to the property. If you think you might need additional services such as meth testing or asbestos testing, we can arrange this too.

After the inspection has taken place, you will receive an easy-to-read report within 24 hours. All reports are completed in accordance with Australian Standards. This report and the information it contains will allow you to make an informed decision.

How much is a building and pest inspection?

The cost and time of a building and pest inspection will vary depending on the size and condition of the property. Naturally, a large highset house with a subfloor will take longer to inspect than a new property built on a slab. In addition, if the property has a granny flat or additional living spaces, it will cost more than standard-sized properties.

At Dedant Building and Pest Inspections, we generally allow between 1-2 hours for each inspection. Inspections for apartments start at $390 including GST and from $500 including GST for houses (June 2024).

Book Your Building and Pest Inspection in Sunshine Coast Today!

At Dedant, all our inspectors are licensed and highly experienced at conducting building and pest inspections. Each inspector has over 30 years of experience within the building industry, so you can trust that you're getting the best inspection.

We have been servicing Brisbane, Redland Bay, Moreton Bay, Gold Coast, the Scenic Rim, Sunshine Coast, Ipswich and Logan since 2009.

If you have any questions or would like to book, contact us on 07 3807 0122 or via our website.



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