Over the years our clients have come to us with so many questions about the benefits of pest inspections and building inspections. Below are a list of frequently asked questions. If you can’t find the answer to your query, contact our Gold Coast office to chat with one of our inspection specialists.
A Building and pest inspection is a comprehensive examination of your prospected property to determine the condition of the property and to look out for any structural damage for repair or pest infestation for treatment. They are two separate reports and must be carried out by an inspector who is licensed by the Queensland Building & Construction Commission.
The purpose of the inspection is to identify any significant structural damage, property defects, or conditions likely to cause further damage.
Once you have a pre-purchase property inspection from a licensed inspector, you’ll have the information you need to make an informed decision. You’ll be able to proceed with the purchase, pull out of the contract, or negotiate a price that factors in any repairs you may need to make.
Major structural issues can be very costly to fix, so it’s really worthwhile finding out those sort of things upfront.”
The Timber Pest Inspection is a careful and thorough inspection of the property with a focus upon identifying and reporting on evidence of Timber Pest Activity, Conditions Conducive to Timber Pests, Evidence of Pest Management Systems, and Risk Management Options.
The other benefit of a property inspection is that if no major issues are identified, but several minor problems are noted, the report can become a powerful negotiating tool in regards to purchase price.
Building and pest inspections can help safeguard property buyers against investing in fault-ridden properties, as the reports reveal any hidden problems a property may have.
The results can give investors peace of mind, with the knowledge that what they’re buying isn’t going to collapse around them.
When viewing a property, it is easy to get carried away by the fancy décor, lighting and the smell of freshly baked cookies. Apart from the location there are a number of items that the prospective buyer can look for at the initial viewing.
Look at the condition of the fencing, gates, the weatherboards, the roof. Look for any cracks in the building. If the house is on stumps check whether they are timber and the condition of them. If there is a timber floor, jump up and down to see if the floor is springy. Check the electrical meter box to see if the electrical circuits have been upgraded.
Check for signs of mud trails on timber, this indicates that there are potentially termites in the building. Is the house located next to a heavily wooded area? Ideal conditions for termites.
Open and close the doors and windows, turn on the taps and look under the kitchen sink.
It is really important to look beyond the furniture and décor that is designed to make the property look good. Remember that you are not purchasing the décor and when the property is yours, you are left with a shell that hopefully will not fall apart in the near future.