Building and pest inspection can be pre-purchase or pre-sale so that there are no surprises when buying or selling a home in Brisbane.

A building and pest inspection is a visual property inspection.   The findings will be recorded into one ‘easy to read’ report. The report features  photographs and a summary of all major and minor defects.  DedAnt provides Building and Pest Inspections that are conducted  to Australian Standards.  All of Dedant Building Inspectors are skilled, licensed, insured and experienced.

What’s Included in Building & Pest Inspections?

This is a combined inspection, looking at building issues and pest activity.

The Building inspection is a visual appraisal of the condition of the property, highlighting major and minor defects and safety hazards.  The Pest Inspection involves a visual inspection of all accessible areas of the property to see if there is any evidence of active termites or previous termite damage.  The inspector will also note whether the property has a termite management system installed.

The house is checked for any high moisture readings especially surrounding the wet areas like bathrooms. Other areas that are checked are the yard and exterior of the building, internal rooms, ceiling roof void and house foundations.

What areas are inspected?

The building inspector will inspect 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 sub floor of the property (subject to safe and reasonable access)
  • The roof exterior (subject to height restrictions) – including gutter and down pipes.
  • The property within 30m of the building being inspected – including fencing, retaining walls, driveways, paths, surface drainage.

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.

To arrange your inspection, contact us today.

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Building Inspections in Logan

5 Tips For Buying a Home In Logan

If you’re thinking about buying a home in Logan, you should know about our 5 tips that can help you make the right decision on your purchase.

1)     Be honest about what you can afford

One of the worst things you can do is purchase a home that is beyond your means to pay for.

Buying the wrong home can lead you to slave away paying off an expensive mortgage for your whole life. Or worse, it can become too costly for you to pay at all, forcing the bank to repossess your home.

Affordability is not a matter of borrowing the max amount you can borrow. Instead, you should consider just how much you ca afford to pay every month.

Plan a budget based around your home loan repayments, with enough left over for emergencies and maintenance. That way you can have a great home while still enjoying the life you want.

buying a home in logan

John Davison Place, a street in the Creastmead suburb of The City of Logan.

2)     Know your zoning and overlays

Knowing your zone and overlays is very helpful when purchasing a home.

“Zoning” is the way that the government controls how land can be used. As such, zoning laws determine how large buildings can be and where they can be placed.

Meanwhile, “overlays” are more specific and relate to specific elements of the land such as vegetation, heritage, character values or risks (erosion, bushfires etc).

If you’re looking to modify or build on a property, knowing what zoning laws and overlays apply to the area will let you know what you’re allowed to do to on your own land.

3)     Look at the area of the home

The home you want can vary based on your lifestyle. Thus, you should make sure the area your home is in caters to that lifestyle also.

For example, if you are a family with young children, you may want to position yourself near a school.

However, if you’re a professional who works in the City, you’ll want to buy a home as close as possible to the CBD.

If you’re someone who does not own a car, you would be wise to buy a home somewhere that has ample public transport within a short walking distance.

Living near public transport is an important consideration when buying a home

4)     Negotiate as much as possible

Buying a home is the biggest investment that many people ever make. As such, you should not be afraid to negotiate as hard as you can.

You should begin with a reasonable, lower end offer on the price of the home. If this price is not accepted by the seller’s agent then gradually work your way up until a compromise is reached.

Set yourself a maximum price cap and do not go over it.

5)     Book a building and pest inspection

One thing that can influence the price of the property is the existence of any flaws.

Such flaws include a termite infestation, degraded fencing, damaged roofing, bathroom mould and poor paintwork.

These flaws are generally exposed by a Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection.

After finding these flaws, you can either decide not to buy the home, force the seller to amend these issues or compel them to lower the price of the home.

Dedant offers quality Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspections from $350. This inspection can save you thousands of dollars when buying a home in Logan.

To book with Dedant, contact us on our website or call us on 07 3807 0122.

Termite proof wood

Everyone knows that termites eat wood. This is because termites need to ingest cellulose to live, which is found in wood. So is there any termite proof wood out there to keep your house safe?

In truth, no wood is completely “termite proof”. But there are some woods that are termite resistant, meaning that termites will stay away from these woods and avoid them.

Still, it is important to know which woods can best resist termites.

Treated wood

Treating wood with chemicals is one of the most common ways people termite proof their homes.

It is most important to have treated wood closest to the ground, as termites generally come from the ground and climb up into your home.

Cedar

Cedar is a type of wood that is naturally resistant to termites. This is because it has allelochemicals that act to repel termites.

However, termites will cedar if they are hungry enough, particularly if it begins to rot. This is why you should always make sure to know if your house is experiencing dilapidation.

Oriented strand board

Oriented strand board is made up of thin wood strands and adhesive.

The presence of the adhesive makes this wood resistant to both decay and to termites.

Redwood

Redwood is naturally resistant to termites. This is because redwood naturally acts as treated wood.

A redwood tree in the wild. These trees are resistant to termites.

Cypress

Cypress wood is naturally resistant to decay and to termites due to its natural durability. In the wild, cypress trees generally suffer very little damage when they are alive.

However, once this tree dies, termites will eat away at it like they would any other decaying wood.

No wood is completely termite proof

While some wood is termite resistant, it is not simply a matter of choosing these woods for your house and never worrying about termites again.

Termites will travel around these types of woods and find other wooden parts around your home they can eat. They will eat skirting boards, window frames and subfloor around treated wood.

Alternately, termites will find a breach or crack in treated wood and eat the inner portions of the timber which are not treated.

Termites eating a wooden structure from the inside.

Termite proofing

There are things you can do to reduce the risk of termites in your own home.

However, the best termite proofing is with a chemical barrier and regular inspections.

It is suggested that every home in Australia should have a termite management system and get annual inspections done. By the time you notice an infestation, major damage may already have been done.

Dedant uses Termidor to create a chemical barrier, which acts to poison and kill termites over time, destroying the termite nest at the source. It is completely undetectable to termites and they will unknowingly become poisoned and spread this poison to the nest.

Call Dedant now on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.

Removing lizards on your property

Lizards are a common sight around Queensland homes. However, not everyone is comfortable having these reptiles around the home. You have many options available for removing lizards.

In this blog, we’re going to share our tips for making sure geckos and skinks leave your home and stay out.

Know the signs

Recognising the signs of a lizard presence if your first step for getting them out of your home.

Geckos communicate with a series of loud clicks and squeaks.

Lizards can drop their tails to distract predators. If you find these tails around your home, this can be evidence that a lizard is occupying your home.

A lizard’s tail after it has fallen off from the body.

Catch and release them if you see them

When removing lizards, it is important not to kill them because some types of lizards are protected species.

Try and catch it and release lizards away from your home if you find them.

If you see a lizard on your wall or on the floor, trap them in a jar and carry them back into the wilderness.

Chopped onions

Driving lizards away from your home is another option.

A natural deterrent to lizards is onions. Lizards cannot stand the smell.

Cut up onions and place them in areas you believe lizards might be. They will flee if they catch wind of the smell.

Alternately, you can use a spray bottle of onion extract and spray it around the home. This will have the same effect.

The smell of cut up onions repels lizards.

Reduce humidity and moisture

Lizards lay eggs and nest in areas with high moisture and humidity.

As such, you should work to improve air circulation to lower moisture. Consider utilising fans and opening doors and windows whenever possible.

Furthermore, to lower moisture you should keep gutters clean, fix leaky pipes, dry laundry outside of the home and use an exhaust fan when cooking.

Lizards will be less likely to enter homes that are drier and cooler.

Get rid of their food source

One of the biggest reasons lizards are attracted to your home is because they find pests there.

This is because they eat ants, larvae, mosquitoes, grasshoppers, termites and other types of pests.

As such, if you remove these pests from your home, lizards will move and look for other areas to find food.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections offers pest control services that will get rid of all the bugs that lizards feast on.

Call us on 07 3807 0122, through Facebook or on our website to book or to find out more.

Safety hazards from around the home

Our inspectors at Dedant have seen all manner of houses. There are several common safety hazards that we have found through the years that you should watch out for.

These various defects range from minor to potentially life threatening.

We will go over some of the more prominent ones with you.

No railing on stairs

Every set of stairs need at least one hand railings.

This is because even a small staircase is a major tripping hazard.

More serious trips can cause broken bones, sprains, cuts or potentially even death if you strike your head.

With a handrail to grab on to, you can potentially save yourself from major injury or death.

If you are lacking handrails on any set of stairs, seek to rectify this immediately.

An example of stairs without a hand rail.

Loose railings

One of the more common safety hazards is loose railings.

Loose railings on stairs or balconies are another safety issue that is all too common in houses.

They can potentially break or give way if any weight is put on them. This creates a fall risk.

You should have this addressed immediately.

A loose rail on a balcony.

Uneven pathway

Uneven tiling or brickwork, where some parts stick out into the air and others remain flat, is another major safety issue.

This is because it creates an uneven ground that acts as a trip hazard.

Instead, surfaces should be as smooth as possible to prevent trips, slips and falls.

A raised surface in a residential blog.

Lift off hinges for toilets

The Building Code of Australia specifies that toilet doors should be easily removable.

This is because toilets are often very small rooms where accidents are prone to happen.

In the event someone falls unconscious they may fall against the door and make it difficult to push open.

Thus, lift off hinges should be used instead. Such a hinge would allow for someone to lift and remove a door easily, even if it is blocked from the other side.

This is the sort of room you’ will need lift off hinges in.

Leaning fence

Having a fence with a lean is a major safety issue.

A fence that leans could fall at any given time and potentially injure you or a family member.

Fences tend to lean as a result of rot or stumps becoming dislodged from the ground.

You can stop a leaning fence from getting worse by bracing it with wooden posts to hold it up.

However, this is only a temporary measure and you should seek to fix or replace your fence as early as possible.

Some examples of fences that are dangerous due to leaning.

For inspections and reports contact Dedant

For Pre-Purchase and Pre-Sale Building and Pest Inspections, contact Dedant.

We conduct thorough inspections and give you an easy-to-read report that goes over all major and minor issues.

To inquire, message us on Facebook, get in touch through our website or call on 07 3807 0122.

The types of inspection reports

People can have many different reasons for wanting an inspection report. They may be buying, selling, renovating or concerned an infestation or potential building fault. You should know exactly what inspection reports are available to you and what these reports mean.

When you know how to property interpret the findings, you can make the best possible choice moving forward.

Standard Building and Inspection Report

Standard Building and Pest Inspections are conducted when you are selling your house, purchasing a new property, prior to renovation or for other reasons.

These inspections looks for faults which are listed in reports as either “major”or “minor”.

Major structural defects are issues that require immediate attention. These include termite damage, water leakage and a lack of handrails of stair.

Conversely, Minor structural issues include cosmetic or slight defects that do not threaten your safety or require immediate action. For example, minor issues include peeling paint or partially covered weep holes.

If you know the difference between minor and major issues, you can focus your money and effort onto.

An example of peeling paint.

Dilapidation report

Dilapidation inspection reports examine the buildings surrounding a renovation.

As such, a dilapidation report involves two inspections, carried out before and after renovations commence.

The first report looks at the condition of surrounding homes before any work is done while the second report looks to see if any damage was done to these same houses.

As such, this Dilapidation Report will protect you from litigation, as neighbours may claim that pre-existing faults were caused by your renovations.

Renovation Report

A renovation report will reveal what parts of the house are structurally safe and which are not. All buildings must comply with the relevant building codes.

Renovations in progress for a home we looked at.

 

New Build Handover Reports

New Build Handover inspections look at faults in a recently constructed home you are hoping to buy.

With Dedant you will always get a fair report because we’re independent from your building contractor.

Furthermore, Dedant’s inspectors have had years of experience as builders before entering the building and pest inspection industry. They know what errors to look out for.

A New Build Handover Report looks at major and minor structural defects and make sure everything is up to the standard you expect.

Contact us today

If you’d like to book any of the inspection services mentioned in this blog, or consult to find out which report is most relevant to you, contact us on our website or on 07 3807 0122.

5 Questions to ask before your Building and Pest Inspection in Brisbane

Getting advice on a building and pest inspection in Brisbane can be difficult. It is difficult to know what questions to ask.

Consequently, we have created a list of 5 questions for to ask a pest inspector over the phone, to help you find the a dedicated professional.

1) “What are your qualifications?”

You never want a trades-person who is not qualified. Dodgy tradies are a real problem and you should always be on the lookout.

One of the easiest ways to determine a legitimate pest inspector from a fake is to ask for their qualifications.

All building inspectors must have completed their Residential Building Inspectors Course. Prior to completing this, they will have already had 5+ years of experience.

Furthermore, only a licenced Pest Controller can conduct an inspection. These licenses come from the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC).

Only once you’ve verified an inspector has all these things should you continue.

2) “What is involved in the inspection process?”

The process can vary significantly depending on the service you seek. It is important to know exactly what steps are involved in the inspection process.

For example, Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection involves a visual inspection for structural defects, moisture detection and a thermal imaging scan.

Inspectors will then tell you what will be inspected – the interior, roof space, exterior, sub floor and roof exterior, as well as structures within certain bounds of the property.

Thermal imaging, sometimes used in building inspections.

3) “What is the cost and how is this determined?”

Knowing how cost is determined can help you get a fair price for the service.

For example, Dedant Building and Pest Inspections start charging $350 for a Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection.

However, this can vary depending on the size of the property.

4) “What will happen after the inspection?”

The specifics of what will occur after an inspection is completed will vary from contractor to contractor.

However, you can be sure to receive a report on the status of your home.

This report will contain the findings of the inspectors. Quality reports, like those provided by Dedant, will contain photographs and a summary for quick reference.

Make sure your property is accessible and free from obstructions before pest inspectors come.

5) “What can I do to prepare my home?”

You should also ask what you can do to prepare your home for the inspection.

Generally, you will be asked to remove any obstructions to the home to allow inspectors to easily access it. Also, you should ensure distractions such as pets are kept away.

However, every inspection is different and you should always ensure you make the process as easy for inspectors as possible.

Contact us today

If you are looking for a Building and Pest Inspection in Brisbane, look no further than Dedant Building and Pest Inspections.

Dedant offers a range of services conducted by fully licensed and experienced professionals. See our website for more information.

For more information call us on 07 3807 0122.

5 Winter Pests To Prepare For

As we move toward June and the start of winter, it is worthwhile to be mindful of winter pests that can lurk around your home in the cold months.

When seasons change, various animals change their behaviour to cope with these conditions. Preparing early for changing seasonal conditions will make keeping your home pest free that much easier.

As such, we have put together this blog to help you know what types of pests to prepare for before winter begins.

1)     Mice and rats

Mice and rats are warm blooded animals. That means they will seek out places of warmth and shelter that have food.

Unfortunately, your home fits that description purposefully.

These rodents will hide in your walls, near warm pipes, in ceiling insulation or in areas like basements.

Rats can spread disease, eat away at electoral wiring and even raid your kitchen if left unchecked.

To treat a mice or rat infestation, consider getting baited traps. Alternately, you may wish to get a cat, which are very good mice catchers.

2)     Bed bugs

Bed bugs, unlike many other forms of insect, do not hibernate during the winter. Instead they remain active.

Bed bugs also are attracted to a similar temperate range as humans. Thus, our bodies are their favourite host. Once they attach to humans, they suck our blood and cause itchy bites.

They attach themselves to clothes such as jumpers or hide in our bags. They are most known for attaching themselves to blankets and doonas and living in our beds, hence their name – bed bugs.

winter pests

What bed bugs look like.

3)     German cockroaches

German cockroaches are a breed of cockroach that like to find warm places to procreate in the winter.

Your home, which is both warm and containing plenty of food, is a prime place for this breed of cockroach to hide.

German cockroaches are an introduced species not native to Australia, but they are a particularly difficult try and get rid of.

However, getting rid of them is an absolute necessity. Cockroaches spread disease and can contaminate the food in your home.

4)     Termites

Termites are active all year round, so you must be as vigilant against them in winter as you are in summer.

These pests will eat away at the wood within and around your home if left unchecked. If any termites are found, do not disturb them and instead contact pest control experts.

5)     Overwintering pests

Overwintering pests are those that will use your home as a place to hibernate in the winter.

Although they are not active during this time, they will become active once the weather heats up again.

Such overwintering pests include flies, ladybugs, moths, mosquitos, caterpillars, stink bugs and crickets.

If you see any of pests hibernating in your home, it is best to remove them before they awaken and continue to threaten your property.

While ladybugs don’t need to worry about snow here in Australia, they will still hibernate in the cold

Contact us today

Dedant offers comprehensive pest control services to deal with any infestation you might have.

Contact us on our website or call today on 07 3807 0122 to inquire.

How to protect from fleas and ticks

Fleas and ticks are generally thought to thrive in the humid conditions of summer. However, some breeds of these pest are most active in winter. Thus, you should always have a plan to protect from fleas and ticks.

Regardless of the season, fleas and ticks will seek out a warm place to burrow, whether that be your home, your pet, your clothes or even your skin.

As such, we have put together a list of 4 tips you can use to protect from fleas and ticks.

1)     Treat your pets

When they bite, ticks can spread diseases that are fatal to cats and dogs.

As such, you should regularly comb and provide year-round flea and tick protection to your pets.

Your most reliable option is to get some form of oral or topical treatment.

Oral treatments are a form of ingestible pill that protect your dog from fleas and ticks. Topical treatments are applied to the fur or skin and are available to both cats and dogs.

Ultimately you should research and consult a veterinarian to determine your options.

2)     A clean and tidy yard

Another important step to protect your home from fleas and ticks is to make sure your whole property clean and tidy.

Ensure your grass is mowed regularly, keep shrubs and bushes trimmed, prune any trees and keep any new plants as far away from your home as possible.

Similarly, clean up food scraps to ensure that wild animals are not encouraged to enter your yard and bring any fleas or ticks they might have on them.

Taking these steps will limit the places fleas and ticks can hide. It will be far harder for them to attach themselves onto your pets or your clothes if they cannot get close.

3)     Regularly clean in the inside of your home

Despite your best efforts, it might still be possible for teas and ticks to get into your home. Thus, you should regularly clean the insides of your home too.

You should start by regularly vacuuming your carpets, rugs, couches and rugs. Wash your pets’ beds in hot water regularly to kill any eggs and larvae that may be attached to it. The same should be done to any soft, fabric toys used by your cats or dogs.

4)     Contact Dedant

Dedant can perform full inside and outside treatments for pests including fleas and ticks.

By identifying the exact type of termite or tick, Dedant can apply the correct treatment to stop them. Their expertise at getting rid of pests makes them second to none.

To find out more, contact Deadant on their website or call on 07 3807 0122.

Health impact of an unclean home

4 Ways to Get Rid of Silverfish

Silverfish are a pest that can be very bothersome. Though they are not a generally health risk, you should still seek to get rid of silverfish.

This is because they can damage household goods, property and get into your food supply.

These pests feed on starchy material and protein-rich items. They eat away at books, textiles clothing and stored away foods such as grains, vegetables, cereal, and dried meat provisions.

As such, we have put together this helpful guide to assist you in getting rid of these pests.

1)     Keep food sealed away

When dealing with pests, prevention is always the best method of treatment.

Keep easy to reach food such as cereals, dry cat/dog food and pasta in airtight containers. Make sure cat goods and properly closed also.

By depriving silverfish of their food source, this lowers the risk of them infesting your home.

It is especially important to protect food sources at night, as silverfish are nocturnal.

2)     Remove places for silverfish to hide

Like most household pests, silverfish rely on having places to hide around the home. They also use crevasses and cracks to enter in and out of your home.

Thus, you should seek to cover up these little hiding spots.

Silverfish also like to feed on and hide in old papers, books and magazines. Getting rid of excess clutter like old boxes of magazines can work twofold to deny silverfish their meal and hiding places.

3)     Reduce moisture and humidity

Silverfish are drawn to moisture and humidity. Thus, you should do all you can to deny them these conditions.

Make sure to fix leaky pipes, ensure you do not have tripping taps and ensure your bathroom is well ventilated. You should also keep gutters clear to ensure you do not get excess water overflow.

Another way to fight humidity is using dehumidifiers in key places where silverfish are likely to congregate, such as storage rooms, pantries, garages and basements.

4)     Call Dedant to get rid of silverfish for you

Silverfish are incredibly hard to get rid of, if you do not have the proper training, experience, and equipment.

This is because they can live for up to 8 years and reproduce rapidly.

As such, your best course of action if you find a sizeable silverfish population in or around your home is to contact the experts.

Dedant offers a General Pest Treatment which treats not only silverfish, but spiders, ants and wasps too.

Call Dedant on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.