Commercial Building and Pest Inspections
A pre-purchase inspection is vital when purchasing a commercial property to identify visible defects, safety issues and termite activity. Dedant provides a range of commercial inspection services and inspects all type of commercial properties including
- shops / retail
- warehouses / factories / industrial
- shopping centres
- medical suites
- childcare centre
- leisure centre
Do I need a pre-purchase inspection on my commercial property?
A pre-purchase inspection is an essential step in your new commercial property purchase. It is part of your due diligence and can uncover safety issues, defects, termite activity and termite damage.
What steps are involved?
The Dedant admin team will provide a quote based on the inspection required and the floor size of the property. We will contact the selling agent to organise a suitable time to inspect the property. The selling agent will make the necessary arrangements if the property has tenants.
We encourage our clients to attend their inspection if they can. The inspector will explain any issues with the property. We also provide the inspector’s phone number if you have any follow up questions once you have read the report.
What is covered by the inspection?
The building inspector will inspect the following areas of your commercial property
- The interior of the property – including walls, ceiling, floor, ceiling, windows, doors, stairs.
- The roof void – if there is reasonable access and it is safe to do so
- The exterior of the property including stairs and external finishes.
- The roof exterior – (subject to height restrictions)
- The property within 30m of the building being inspected – including fencing, driveways, paths, surface drainage
What items not covered by a building and pest 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, floor coverings 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 or oven.
- 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.
- 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 building 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.
The inspector is certified and licensed with Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).
To arrange your inspection, contact us today.
You can read more about pre-purchase building and pest inspections here:
We use the latest technology
The Flir thermal camera (FLIR E8- XT) is the perfect tool for diagnosing temperature anomalies inside a building. This equipment will indicate hot spots and cold spots, possibly indicating a large termite nest hidden in the wall cavity, leaking pipes behind a wall and leaking showers.
The Tramax moisture meter is the leading tool in moisture detection. High moisture levels could indicate leaking pipes, poor ventilation, ineffective drainage, leaking roof or defective flashing. Damp timber within wall cavities is also very attractive to termites.
Using radar technology, relative and direct moisture sensor as well as a thermal sensor, the T3i All Sensor was designed to help operators locate, confirm and track the presence and extent of termite and other pest activity. Used with an invasive inspection to determine termite activity.