Should I get both a building inspection and a timber pest inspection for my property?

Before entering into any further negotiations, whether you are buying or selling a home, you must do a building and pest inspection. What is the reason behind this? So you’re aware of the property’s condition both inside and out. If you’re a seller, understanding the present condition of the property you’re going to sell will help you provide a fair price range guide. 

It will also assist you in determining whether you should hire a pest control company to remove any pests before placing them on the market. Meanwhile, you can renegotiate the price if you are a buyer by identifying the real status of the property.

It is highly recommended to perform both inspections since the information gathered will help you make an informed decision on what is likely a large investment.

While you may have already encountered the most significant upfront expense that many individuals experience when purchasing a home, there are additional pre-purchase costs to consider. 

In this article, we will cover everything you need to know about building and timber pest inspections, from their importance, what needs to be done, and what to look for.

Let’s get started!


What Are Building And Pest Inspections?

A building inspection can detect structural, conditional or design problems or defects in the interior or the outside of a property, some of which can not be seen at first look. Here are a few examples: 

  • guttering
  • footings
  • subfloor 
  • framing
  • plumbing
  • wiring
  • unlawful modifications 
  • Moisture ingress and decay


For example, a pesticide check can detect symptoms of termite damage (although not necessarily whether termites are still present in the property).

Termites and other wood-eating insects may gnaw through a house’s structure and flooring, producing small mounds of sawdust and huge repair expenses.

A pest inspector will investigate the house and the surrounding region for termite activity. They will analyse if pests constitute a future hazard and report on current harm.

If an active termite is discovered, the pest inspector’s report will usually suggest a treatment and provide a cost estimate.


Why Pest And Building Inspections Are Important

Buying or selling a home is a big decision since it requires a significant financial investment. Not only that, prices are rising almost daily as demand for real estate rises. 

As a result, if you want to purchase a home, you must safeguard your investment by all means required. A pest and building inspection are some of the most critical expenditures you can make to safeguard your soon-to-be home. 

This inspection will inform you of the property’s condition, allowing you to confirm that it is safe and suitable for living in.

Houses and structures, no matter how well constructed or designed they are, are susceptible to wear and tear. These homes will develop structural issues over time, and if these are not addressed, it can cost a lot of money to have the faults fixed. 

Why should you spend money on repairs, if you can completely avoid them? By having your home examined, you will be aware of any current issues and will be able to address them before they worsen. You may take immediate action to repair any flaws and enhance the longevity of the structures.


Why Opt For A Combined Building And Pest Report?

Pre-purchase building reports and pre-purchase pest reports give critical information about your intended use. They will describe any structural damage and flaws (both large and small) in the property, as well as the damage and presence of timber pests such as termites, borers, and rot. Furthermore, building reports might contain repair cost estimates.

This information guarantees that you have all of the necessary information to make an informed purchasing decision and to utilise it in any pricing negotiations.


You Will Be Aware Of The Exact State Of The Property

A pest and building inspection will provide you with detailed pictures of issues regarding the property. These are things you will never be able to learn on your own. Unless you have a trained eye for spotting issues, your visual assessment of a property is merely gazing at the surface.

Sellers may frequently seek to conceal small and significant flaws to make the property or structure attractive and enticing to purchasers. You won’t be able to see whether there are any roof leaks, ceiling issues, water damage, troublesome walls, or termite infestations.

When you obtain a pest and building inspection, what you’re getting is thorough reports on the status of the house, good or poor; anything that’s hidden will be revealed on the reports. In other words, if you know the present condition of the home, you may haggle the price or insist that the faults be repaired and treated before you move in.


It Will Save You Money

Spending money on building and pest inspections, in the long run, will save you money. 

Knowing the present condition of the structure can help you plan your next move. Those who paid for construction and pest inspections frequently performed the necessary repairs and pesticide treatment to restructure the property. Identifying problems early will give you a head start, allowing you to remedy them before they become a major issue.

If you wait a little longer, the property’s condition may deteriorate, necessitating more costly repairs to fix the harm.


The Property’s Resale Value Will Increase

A property’s condition has a substantial influence on its value. A dilapidated home will cost far less than a well-maintained property. An examination of the building and obtaining an ‘all clear’ report on any pest infestation might significantly increase your house’s market value.

You will also be able to preserve the structure of the property and improve its worth by making the required repairs should a building defect or pest issue present.


Why Is It Better For 2 Inspectors To Do Both Building And Timber Pest Inspection?

Other than the fact that it’s a great value for money, they will have a better focus on the task at hand. And together, these two inspectors will give you more eyes and ears before you purchase your forever home, an investment property, or before you jump on any major renovations.

Building and pest inspectors are different. Building inspectors check the architectural requirements, structural quality, moisture issues and general safety of buildings. 

While on the other hand, pest inspectors commonly assess properties to ascertain possible sites of pest invasion and determine the type of treatment required to eliminate and prevent infestation.

Pest inspection requires specific tools, such as pest control software, respirator, LED flashlights, termatrac, and more. The donger, a time-tested termite detection instrument, has been the industry standard up to this day and has been used for checking homes for termites.


What To Look For In A Pest Inspection

The following is a list of the most likely discoveries in a variety of properties:

  1. Assume that each subfloor has undergone chemical treatment. As a consequence, keep children and pets away from the underfloor area and the perimeter of outside walls.
  2. Furniture bugs are common in ancient wood floors. In extreme cases, the entire floor may need to be replaced, however, infestations may affect less than 20% of the floor, with no impact on the property’s use. 
  3. Rot has frequently harmed timber that has come into touch with wet regions, such as around bathrooms and showers; dirt; moist subfloor walls.
  4. The use of inappropriate timbers for exterior constructions and joinery, resulting in rapid degradation of timber joints and ends.
  5. Subfloor spaces are a potential dumping ground for all types of trash, particularly formwork and timbers from past construction operations.
  6. Subfloor ventilation is frequently insufficient or blocked. A lack of penetration in interior foundation walls prevents cross-ventilation.
  7. Roof, surface, or subsoil drainage, or faulty sewer drainage, frequently releases water into the subfloor area.
  8. Expect a future insect issue in roughly 5% of situations where timbers are concealed.


What To Expect In A Building Inspection

Most state and local building codes, zoning ordinances, and regulations require building inspections. A yearly building inspection allows an expert to examine the state of your building, its compliance with codes and regulations, and its capacity to ensure the health and safety of residents, visitors, and users of the structure.

The building inspection report will explain any existing problems, whether they are major or minor, and if they require ongoing monitoring. 


Key Takeaways

While structural flaws, termite damage, moisture issues are more frequent in older homes, new-build buildings can still suffer from these defects and issues. 

When the building is new, it’s still a good idea to pay for a fully comprehensive building inspection report, because it ensures that the construction building is correctly completed according to building plans and helps you to identify problems that can be ignored by the builder, or which cannot be covered under the building guarantee.

In the case of timber pests, they have an endemic effect on some locations and their prevalence is defined by the location of the property and its age. Homes under construction are especially prone to termite infestation and other pest concerns such as rats and mice in many locations throughout Melbourne and the outer suburbs.

The goal of having a detailed building and pest report is to know exactly what the problems are and to ensure that they are managed in the future. Most companies and competitors combine pest and building inspections for the reason that they look for a variety of problems such as cracks in the walls, dampness, moulds or leaks, rust, and rust.

Finding a building and pest inspector that is reliable ensures a thorough approach is important. You must know when to ask questions and discuss with them what key points would be an essential step so you can better understand the type of report you will be receiving from them.


For more tips and advice on building inspections, read our blogs on timber pest inspections or what to look for when buying a home.