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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4 Ways To Remove Spiders From Your Home

Spiders are among the most bothersome and disliked pests that you can find in your home. As such, many people often want to know how to remove spiders from their home.

In truth, while they may creep out and disgust many people, spiders are an important part of the ecosystem. They eat smaller bugs like ants, flies, mosquitoes and moths that can transmit diseases.

Regardless, it is completely understandable not to want them around your home. Thus, here are 4 ways you can keep spiders from your home.

1)     Destroy any webs you find

Spiders construct webs to catch and eat their prey. These webs become an eyesore and a hindrance in your home.

As such, you should take a broom or vacuum and destroying any webs you find around your property.

By doing this, you are instinctively warning the spider that the area is not safe, which will force them to move on.

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Spiderwebs can be big or small. Regardless of size, you should destroy any found in your home.

2)     Get rid of hiding places for spiders

Spiders love having places that they can hide in. They will take advantage of any nook and cranny they can find.

As such, you should get rid of any cutter in or around your home. Chaotic piles of strewn items are perfect places for spiders to hide.

We have previously published a blog about this very subject. Read it here.

Likewise, you would also benefit from sealing up any cracks or crevices around the home, which spiders may enter through or hide in.

3)     Turn off the lights

Bugs are attracted to light. Spiders, meanwhile, are attracted to bugs.

Lighting in and around the home, particularly at night, draws a great deal of bugs. This causes spiders to build their webs close to these same sources of light in order to catch as many bugs as possible.

Keeping light usage to a minimum will both save you electricity and make your home less of a target for bugs and spiders.

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4)     Contact the experts

If you see a spider in your home and are concerned, you should immediately contact a pest control expert who can remove spiders that are found.

Australia is home to some of the most dangerous and venomous spiders on Earth, so it is better to be safe than sorry when dealing with any arachnid.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections offer General Pest Treatment which will kill spiders along with a host of other creepy crawlies.

Contact Dedant Building and Pest Inspections through our website today or call us on 07 3807 0122.

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Tips for building and pest inspectors during Coronavirus

The coronavirus pandemic and necessary lockdown restrictions have been difficult, not least for those who work as tradespeople. Our list of coronavirus tips for building and pest inspectors will help you cope during this difficult time.

Beyond the economic hardship that is affecting everyone, rules around social distancing and limits on the number of visitors to a house have made it difficult for people in industries like pest and building inspection to do their job.

However, we have put together a list of tips to help building and pest inspectors stay float during this time.

1)     Keep up to date with current rules

One of the most important coronavirus tips we can all follow is to stay informed.

It is vitally important to keep up with all the latest information regarding coronavirus and current restrictions.

Your best sources are The Australian Government website or the website for your state government. For Dedant Building and Pest Inspection, as we are a Queensland-based company, we defer to the Queensland Government Website.

By knowing and following the latest restrictions, you will protect yourself and your business from fines worth thousands of dollars.

In these difficult times, the last thing you need to worry about is paying a fine.

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2)     Observe good hygiene

While good hygiene has always been important, it is now more necessary than ever to take every precaution in the workplace to stop the spread of coronavirus.

At Dedant Building and Pest Inspections, we have made a strong commitment to helping fight coronavirus.

Firstly, all staff members both on the road and in the office must wash and sanitise their hands often. Our inspectors are also supplied with gloves and masks.

When inspecting a house, we always make sure to observe social distancing. Furthermore, we make sure we follow current guidelines around the number of visitors to house at once.

We will not inspect any house if an occupant is unwell or under quarantine, nor will we allow any sick inspector to work.

It is recommended that all businesses follow similar protocols.

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We should all be washing our hands with soap

3)     Focus on services that are most appropriate

All businesses must take steps to adapt to the current climate.

Savvy businesses will tailor their advertising to services that are easier to conduct during lockdown.

For example, Dedant has prioritised advertising termite inspections and barriers on its social media and through blogs.

This is because the amount of people seeking pre-purchase inspections, new build handover inspections and dilapidation reports is very low now. However, the threat of termites remains even during a pandemic.

Other building and pest inspectors should consider similar actions to tailor their service to the needs of the moment.

To find out more about Dedant Building and Pest Inspections, contact us by our website or call us on 07 3807 0122.

4 Ways to Remove Rats From Your Home

Rats can be a major household hassle if left unchecked. As such, you will want to remove rats as soon as you find them.

This is because rats are carriers of disease, can eat your food and damage your home.

As such, we’ve put together a list of top 4 tips to help you get rid of rats you find on your property.

1)     Get a cat

One way to help get rid of rats and mice is to get a housecat.

Cats are carnivores and love to hunt wild prey, such as rats and mice. For thousands of years, humans have used cats to hunt for rodents and they are still great for this purpose.

Along with the bonus of 24/7 pest control, adopting a cat also gives you years of companionship

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Cats have been used bu humans to hunt pests for thousands of years

2)     Rat Traps

Traps are a relatively cheap and effective way to catch rats.

They can be left in an area for a long time if necessary but should be checked often. This is because a dead, rotting rat can attract bugs and other pests.

Traps come in many forms – snap traps, live traps or glue boards.

Glue boards are the least effective trap, as it is essentially a board with a sticky substance on it. Rodents can pull themselves free from this trap. It is not recommended you use these.

Snap traps are wooden/plastic boards with a metal spring loaded bar that snaps down quickly when pressure is put on the pad. These humanly kill the rats.

Live traps present a hole for rodents to climb into. Once they climb through this hole, they find themselves in a box that closes shut. That way, the rat is trapped but still alive.

After this, you can release the rat somewhere away from your home.

Set traps in areas where rats might be, including hidden areas and near crevasses where rats may be hiding. Make sure to keep children and pets away from any traps.

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Rodents are among the most destructive household pests.

3)     Rat Bait

Bait is another may to deal with rats and can compliment your trap strategy.

Adding bait to traps will make rats more likely to get caught.

Alternately, use poisoned rat bait. This does not require you to use traps at all.

Instead merely leave the poisoned bait out there and the unsuspecting rodent will eat it and die.

Make sure to not expose pets or kids to this poisoned bait.

4)     Contact the experts to remove rats for you

If you are not confident about doing these measures yourself, Dedant can install safe and locked bait stations to catch and kill these pests. These are effective against rats and will help keep kids and pets safe.

Not only that, but Dedant is able to determine exactly what type of rat is on your property and the most effective pest control method.

If you believe you might have rats, call now on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.

Brisbane Property Market and Coronavirus

If you’ve looking to buy or sell, you likely want to know more about the property market and coronavirus. Namely, how is the coronavirus impacting the property market in Brisbane?

While there is much to be negative about in the current climate, it is worth looking to the future and seeing that there are several positive signs that point to a strong recovery once the crisis slows down.

In this blog, we will go through the short- and long-term implications of the virus on the property market.

The short term negatives

In the immediate future, times will be tough for anyone involved in the property market.

Because of the economic recession, a massive spike in unemployment, the impact of social distancing and restrictions on travel it is clear consumer confidence generally has plummeted.

This lack of consumer confidence is also found in the property market. Westpac has recorded the single biggest monthly drop in confidence in their 47-year history.

Not only that, but the crisis has seen many foreign residents and tourists return to their home country in recent weeks. This has negatively impacted the short-term rental market.

Banks are also not as willing to lend, as people’s ability to pay back loans are uncertain due to the volatility of the job market.

Overall, the slump in the market should be expected to continue for some time to come.

The present may look bleak, but things will improve.

The long-term positives

In the long term, the prognosis for the Brisbane property market and coronavirus begins to look more positive.

There is every reason to believe the market will bounce back from this slump once the curve has flattened and restrictions are relaxed.

For one thing, once people can get out of the house again, people will want to travel. While international travel will be out of the question, interstate travel will be very appealing to many.

This will give the Queensland economy a much-needed boost.

During previous downturns, such as the one experienced in 2018/2019, Brisbane weathered these negative conditions better than most.

It was the first capital city to record growth in the June quarter of 2019, while many other capital Melbourne and Sydney suffered a drop in dwelling prices in that same period.

As such, it is likely Queensland will recover strongly.

The current climate should not stop you from looking ahead to the future.

This is not permanent

While things may look bleak now, it is important to remember this crisis will pass.

Now is the perfect time to begin projects you have long put-off or to address problems that you have otherwise ignored.

One such problem you might seek to address is protecting your home from pests.

Dedant offers quality Building and Pest Inspections as well as termite barriers for affordable prices. We also observe social distancing and take measures to protect our clients from coronavirus.

Call us on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website to find out more.

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Annual Termite Inspection Cost

Annual termite inspections are a necessary part of protecting your home. However, many people hold off on getting an inspection because they are concerned about the cost. In truth, the cost of an annual termite inspection is nothing next to the dangers of a termite infestation.

We have written this blog so you can better understand what goes into the cost and why it is necessary.

Australian Standards recommends every Australian home should get a termite inspection a minimum of every 12 months.

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Termite inspections are generally done once a year on the timber of your property. It is conducted on all accessible areas of the property.

A report is compiled for you with our findings and if damage from termites is found, we will provide you with treatment options.

What influences the annual termite inspection cost

The cost of the service starts at $250. However this cost can be influenced by the size of the property and how accessible the property is.

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Termites can do serious damage to your home, as seen above.

The cost of doing nothing

While $250 a year is not a small sum, the cost of doing nothing is far steeper than the annual termite inspection cost could ever be.

For instance, termites can do major structural damage to your property. They love to eat away at the wooden frames of houses.  They can also chew walls hollow from the inside out and eat around door hinges.

Even steel frame houses are not immune from harm because termites travel up steel frames to find other wooden parts of your home.

If left unchecked, the damage from these pests can easily reach into the thousands of dollars.

Above all, the most important way to avoid termites is by being vigilant. By getting an annual check-up, you can avoid the risk of paying massive amounts to fix damage and get rid of large, built up nests. It is always easier to wipe out smaller nests.

If you want to help reduce your risk of termite infections, you can read our two blogs on the subject – 5 DIY Tips for Keeping Out Termites and The Best Ways To Stop Termites.

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Who to trust for annual termite inspections

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections specialise in finding and treating termite infestations. We use the latest technology and training to ensure that termites are found.

We treat termites using a chemical barrier. This barrier is made with Termidor, an chemical agent that wipes out the termites at the nest.

Unlike other chemical barriers, this one cannot be detected by termites, ensuring they don’t avoid it and are thus more likely to spread the poison.

For more information, check our website for information on Annual Termite Check and the Chemical Barrier.

Afterwards, these inspections are followed by an easy-to-follow report that includes pictures of the tell-tale signs of a termite infestation including damage and mudding.

Dedant services Brisbane, Logan, the Gold Coast, Moreton, Ipswich and the Scenic Rim.

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

5 Ways To Remove Cockroaches From Your Home

Cockroaches are among the most common and bothersome pests that you will ever find around your home. You’ll want to remove cockroaches as soon as possible as not only are they disgusting but they can also contaminate food and spread bacteria.

As such, we have created a blog that informs you of the best way to get rid of cockroaches.

1)     Make sure your house is clean

The best thing you can do to ensure a cockroach free home is to make sure you never get cockroaches in the first place.

Cockroaches are attracted to grease, food left out of the counter, piles of dirty dishes in the sink and other forms of mess.

As such, you should always seek to clean your plates and maintain cleanliness in the kitchen.

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2)     Don’t give them any places to hide

You should do all that you can to make sure cockroaches have nowhere to hide.

Start by reducing the clutter in your home. Cockroaches love to hide in every nook and cranny they can find.

Every pile of rubbish or collection of boxes is a spot where cockroaches can gather.

You should also try and seal up entry points like the bottom crack in doors or windows.

3)     Use termite bait/traps to remove cockroaches

Bait and traps are a great and relatively safe way of dealing with termites. With this, cockroaches are attracted to the poisonous bait, which they then feed on and die.

Although you may be tempted to use bug spray to kill cockroaches, this can pose a risk.

This is because termites like to hang out around areas that you can’t afford to contaminate, such as counter tops and plates.

With bait, you just need to set it down in a safe area and then wait. The risk is far less.

4)     Baking soda/sugar to remove cockroaches

If you’re looking for a way to kill cockroaches without potentially dangerous chemicals, then there is an option for you.

You can remove cockroaches by mixing equal parts baking soda and sugar together and putting it in an area where you think termites are about.

The sugar will attract the cockroaches and the baking soda, which is toxic to cockroaches, will react in their stomachs to kill them.

Baking soda. Combine this with sugar to attract and kill termites.

5)     Contact the experts

Ultimately, once you have a cockroach infestation, your best option is to call the experts.

Dedant can do a comprehensive pest control treatment which not only protects you from cockroaches, but also from silverfish, ants, spiders and wasps.

We treat the insides and outsides of your property, including the roof void, subfloor, garage, carport, shed and clothesline.

If you believe you might have a cockroach infestation or you want us to make sure you never get one, call now on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.

4 Tips For A Clean Home

With Coronavirus keeping us all in doors, everyone has a bit more time on their hands now. Having a clean home is more important now than it has ever been.

By spending so much time in your home, you might start to notice every little fault. Every stain, every bit of clutter and every odd smell will suddenly become very apparent to you.

If you’re looking for something to do that is both productive and helpful, you might consider developing new habits to keep your house neat and spotless.

As such, we have come up with four tips you can practice to have a neater, clean home.

1)  Purge the clutter

The first thing you should do if you have a messy or cluttered house is get rid of unused items. These take up vital space.

It has been said that we only use 20% of the stuff we own and 80% of the stuff we own is either unused or kept for purely sentimental reasons.

You don’t need to get rid of every bit of the remaining 80%, but you should definitely start from there.

Clutter can make your home less appealing and more likely to spread illness.

2)  A place for everything

One of the main reasons people have clutter is that they just leave things around the house and never bother to put them anywhere.

You might leave your shoes on the ground somewhere or leave cups in the lounge room or books just put down wherever you were reading them, never to be picked up again.

If that’s the case, then you should make sure you have a place for all these items. Get a shoe rack, make cupboard space dedicated to cups and get new bookshelves to put all your books in.

Once you make this space, dedicate yourself to always putting these items in their correct spot.

Bookshelves can be a vital way to save space in the home.

3)  Get proactive

Another big reason people have messy or dirty houses is because they allow problems to get too large.

Often, grass gets too long to mow or there’s too much grime in your shower to bother cleaning or a mess is simply too time consuming to clean up, so we simply will not do it.

That’s why it’s so important to get proactive and address these problems before they start.

Mow your grass before it gets too long and spray shower cleaner every few days to stop grime from building up.

Although it can be annoying at first, building these good habits up will help you stop problems before they start.

4)  Annual pest inspections

Not only are pests like termites a major risk to your home, they can be a major cause for mess as well.

For one thing, they leave black track marks in their wake called “mudding” which is their droppings.

They can also build nests inside your home which can become disgusting eyesores.

Termites can also eat through cardboard boxes or wooden bookshelves, which can ruin your attempts to make good use of space.

Getting annual pest inspections can prevent pests like termites from ever becoming a risk.

Book with Dedant Building and Pest Inspections now – we offer quality services at an affordable price.

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

By following these tips and booking your annual pest inspection, you can have a clean home in no time.

How to recover from termite damage

We’ve written at length about the major risk that termites pose to your home and the best ways to keep termites out of your house. By the time a homeowner discovers an infestation, termite damage will have already occurred.

As such, we’ve put together a helpful guide to help you address termite damage.

Can my home recover from termite damage?

In short, yes.

It is rare that termites will cause enough damage that the house is completely beyond repair. It would take years and years for an infestation to cause a house to be uninhabitable.

However, even a short termite infestation caught quickly can leave considerable damage – walls and floors can be left warped, doors and cupboards can fall off the hinges, and furniture can be damaged.

Make sure all termites have been treated first

There is no point in fixing the damage done by termites unless the infestation is completely gone. Otherwise termites will simply return and continue to eat away at your home.

As such, you should contact a pest control expert prior to fixing damage.

Book with us today and get a Termite management system.

Identify all damage done

Whether you hire an expert or assess it yourself, it is important to find all the places where the termites did damage.

Structurally compromised wood left unaddressed can threaten the stability of your home into the future.

To be safe, it is preferable for you to hire an expert who can do a check of your home.

Call an expert to fix the termite damage

If you notice major structural damage left over from a termite infestation, you should contact a builder as soon as possible.

Signs of major damage include small holes in the wood around your home or a darkening of the colour of your wood. If you hear a hollow sound in your timber of your home, this is another tell-tale sign.

After calling a pest control expert, calling a builder should be your next step.

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Dedant can assess the damage done to your home by a termite infestation.

DIY fixes to minor damage

For minor, cosmetic damage done by termites, you have the option of fixing this yourself.

If you lack the skills to completely remove and replace a piece of damaged wood, there are other ways you can fix the damage done.

You can scrape away damage timber and replace it with fillers. Alternately, you can add new pieces of wood placed adjacent to support the damage wood.

Stop the infestation before it starts

When it comes to termites, prevention is the best treatment.

Dedant can build a chemical barrier that protects your house from termites for 8 years. This, combined with annual or bi-annual inspections, can ensure you never get a serious termite infestation in your home.

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

Real estate and Coronavirus

The effects of COVID-19 have profoundly impacted industries like real estate, building inspection and pest control. While the lockdown is expected to last for at least a few more months, it is worth asking – what is the link between coronavirus and real estate?

To examine what could become of industries like real estate, as well as building and pest control, we must first look at what the current situation is.

The current situation

The real estate industry is fortunate as compared to other industries, as it has not had to fully shut down.

Similarly, businesses closely tied to real estate, like building and pest inspection companies, are still operating also.

Many industries have had to change because of coronavirus and real estate is no exception. Agents have taken to using virtual tours to sell homes.

In the building and pest inspection industry, businesses are taking careful steps maintain health and safety such as staff-only inspections.

Given the current economic situation, low consumer confidence and high unemployment, both these industries have seen downturn.

Sites like these are common all over the world – completely empty streets

Shifting priorities

The COVID-19 pandemic has made it clearer now than ever before that our homes are our most important possessions.

Most people are now confined to their homes. For some people, this is a blessing.

However, for others this may cause a yearning to move somewhere new once restrictions are lifted.

Real estate websites are recording a double digit increase in the amount of people looking at homes to buy.

Home inspectors who conduct pre-sale and pre-purchase inspections are no doubt holding out for a wave of new buyers.

For others, spending so much time stuck inside may bring attention to faults in their home. Such faults include rot, dilapidation and damage from pests such as termites.

The future

One thing is clear, once restrictions are lifted everyone will be eager to get out and experience all the things they’ve been missing.

Given the record low interest rates and a surge in people seeking new places to live, this suggests that industries like real estate will bounce back strong.

And whenever real estate is strong, the building and pest inspection industry is strong too.

The housing market will bounce back. It’s just a matter of time.

Don’t wait.

Now, more than ever, it is important to have a clean and safe home.

Dedant Building and Pest Inspections is still open for business. If you have a termite infestation that needs treating or require a barrier, act now.

Contact us at our website or call on 07 3807 0122.

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How to spot a dodgy pest inspector

If you think you’ve got a pest infestation in your home, such as termites, you should immediately contact a termite inspector. However, one thing you can’t afford is a dodgy pest inspector.

However, knowing which pest inspector to contact can be difficult.

Just googling “pest inspector” can give you thousands of pages of results, some legitimate contractors and others who will fleece you out of your money for sub-standard or even no work at all.

As such, we have put together a guide that will help you avoid dodgy pest inspectors and find quality contractors.

 Check for reviews

Reviews can often be a good way to determine the quality of a tradies’ service.

Google can be a handy tool for this – Google will feature the reviews of any business you search up, like so.

Many glowing reviews and a high score suggest the business is quality.

Searching online is one of the easiest ways to find reviews for a pest inspection service

Request to see licenses

If you’re still unsure after checking online reviews, you can ask about the licenses the business has.

For building inspections, they must have finished the ‘Completed Residential Building Inspectors Course’ certification. Prior to getting this certification, a person must be a licensed builder with 5 years’ experience.

Inspector must be licenced by the Queensland Building and Construction Commission (QBCC). See more information here.

Pest Inspectors require additional training. For qualified pest inspectors like Dedant they are have attained a Certificate IV Workplace Health & Safety, Termidor HE Accreditation Training, Termatrac T3i Accreditation, Asbestos Training, Meth Testing training and other relevant training in this field.

A dodgy pest inspector would not have such a wealth of training and qualifications, by comparison.

By assessing the qualifications of a prospective pest inspector, you can determine whether they offer high calibre service.

Make sure to get a quote in writing or digitally so you have a record of what service you are getting for what price.

Get a written quote

Getting a quite in writing is a vitally important way to protect yourself.

If you rely solely on a verbal quote you may run in to trouble if a disagreement occurs. It will then become a matter of your word versus theirs.

By getting a quote in writing, you have evidence of what work is being done, for what price. There is no ambiguity.

For pest inspections you can trust

If you want to avoid dodgy pest inspectors, there’s one name you can trust in South East Queensland.

Dedand Building and Pest Inspections has provided quality services since 2009. They are fully licensed to conduct pest inspections, treat termites and build termite barriers.

Dedant has a 4.6/5 average on Google reviews and they are more than happy to provide you with a written quote.

Give Dedant a call today on 07 3807 0122 or contact us on our website.