Undertaking a building and pest inspection is an intrinsic part of the process whenever you buy or sell a property. This must be conducted at the outset of negotiations.
What is involved in a building and pest inspection? And why do you need it?
What are Building and Pest Inspections?
Usually conducted as part of the contractual arrangements after the offer and during the cooling-off period:
- a building inspection checks the structure of the building and its potential vulnerabilities. It looks to identify issues such as roof leaks, water damage, rising damp, mould, asbestos, movement, structural weaknesses and cracks, and more.
- a pest inspection involves a pest control expert looking for evidence of the presence of, or damage caused by, termites, borers and other pests.
Combining building and pest inspections is highly recommended as it provides a more thorough insight into the property and identifies defects requiring rectification.
The Importance of Inspections – even if you’re not Selling
There is a no bigger investment for most people than buying a home, investment property, or commercial property. Protecting this investment is of paramount importance, especially as property prices in Australia continue to soar. Inspections enable you to understand the current condition of the property – inside and out.
Pest infestation and damage most often occur, and certainly begin, in hidden areas not visible to the naked eye of the occupants – especially in the roof space, below the floor, and in the walls.
As a vendor, understanding the current condition of your property in terms of structural integrity and the presence of pests enables you to better price your property and to fairly consider reasonable offers. It’s a great idea to undertake these inspections before you put your property on the market – so that you can clear up all issues from the outset and improve your property value and marketability.
As a buyer, building and pest inspections not only deliver important insight into your proposed purchase but also enable you to negotiate a price and provide peace of mind going forward with the purchase.
But even if you are not selling, it’s worthwhile and highly recommended that you have an inspection.
Why? Buildings, including homes, are vulnerable to the elements, wear and tear, and the impact of both time and nature – including pests. Even the best designed, well-engineered, and expertly-built properties can experience structural issues over time. Unaddressed, these will compromise the integrity and security of your home and cost a lot of money to repair. Furthermore, pests can be not only uncomfortable and annoying, but also hazardous to the health of your family – carrying disease, parasites, destroying clothing and fabrics (including carpet and draperies), and causing allergies and skin conditions in humans and pets.
Building and pest inspections alert you to existing issues and identify the potential for new problems to arise. You can therefore take action to deal with these before major, costlier problems occur.
Why Proactive Pest Solutions?
We are the leading pest control company servicing Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast. Unlike other pest control providers, our approach is proactive, and we are committed to eliminating the potential for pest infestation before it happens. We are fully accredited and licensed in all relevant areas and our expert team is highly trained.
- save you money
- protect your investment
- keep your family safe and secure
- improve the resale value of your property
You must choose a highly reputable inspector – as not all are equal. The right building and pest inspection service providers will thoroughly and completely check the property and provide a detailed written report with appropriate recommendations.
Between building and pest inspections, all of these should be visually checked:
- roof space/attic
- floor space
- rooftop, including
- gutters and downpipes
- garden shed
- retaining walls
- kitchen, laundry, bathroom, and toilet
- fuse box
- drainage for surface water
- trees on the property (for termites)
- fuse box/gas connection
Call Proactive Pest Solutions Today
We are your superior choice for pest inspections and control on the Sunshine Coast and throughout Brisbane. Whether you are buying, selling, or simply want peace of mind, book an inspection with our proactive expert team today. Call now on 1800 979 611 or email [email protected]. You may also contact us to request a quote via our contact form. We look forward to hearing from you.