FAQ

imagesBuilding Inspection FAQ's 

Why is a pre-purchase building inspection important?

The peace of mind offered by a pre-purchase building inspection is invaluable. You will be able to move into to your new home knowing that the structural integrity of the building is sound & there are no major defects and you will be aware of any superficial damage or minor maintenance that needs to be done. If any defects are found during the inspection you will then be able to make an informed decision as to whether you want to proceed with your purchase.

If my report is favourable did I really need the property inspection service?

Definitely! Now you can complete your purchase with confidence. One look at a typical building inspection checklist will show you how many potential problems there area; you can’t have peace of mind until you know your new construction is up to snuff.

Is an inspection necessary for new construction?

New construction is no longer a problem-free guarantee. While many new homes are well built, we regularly find serious defects. You can choose to have your new home checked at key building stages including Frame, Lock-Up/Waterproofing, and Fixing/Pre-Painting. A Handover Inspection is essential for identifying items for rectification before your builder’s warranties expire.

When will I receive the report(s)?

You will receive a phone call and verbal report on the same day as the inspection and unless urgent the inspectors will call you once they are back in the office. This means they can spend time going through the details of the report without the time constraint of calling while on road between inspections.

Your written report will be emailed to you on the next business day.

What if my report reveals problems?

No property is perfect. If your inspector identifies defects, it doesn’t necessarily mean you shouldn’t buy the property, only that you will know in advance what to expect.

If my report has major structural defects and/or major maintenance issues will you tell me not to buy?
No. The report is there for you to make an informed decision. Ultimately the choice is yours, you may decide you like the property enough to fix the defects and you are willing to pay the price to do so.

Can you do both a Building and Timber Pest inspection?

Yes, we will send out qualified inspectors -  98% of our clients require a building and Timber Pest Inspection -  Ask about our combined inspection services -  Building, Timber Pest, Asbestos, Mould, and Pool saftey Inspections- Special Purpose Reporting as required.

Do you get on the roof?

Subject to the Workplace Health & Safety practice we will access the roof when and where possible. If the roofing material is unsafe to walk on; the roof has a steep pitch, is slippery or not be accessible from a 3.6 metre ladder then we will be unable to fully assess the roof. However, we will do everything within our scope to assess the roof and may be able to view it from the ladder or a second story window or balcony.
 

Pest Inspections FAQ's

A lot of people aren’t happy hearing about the grisly details of pest inspection, but we recognize that many of our customers aren’t squeamish when it comes to the pest control services they hire. Here are the questions they frequently asked – along with the answers.

Why is a Pre-Purchase Pest Inspection important?

Termites can do untold damage to the hidden parts of a house that you can’t see when you wander through your potential new home. Termite repairs cost Australian home owners hundreds of thousands of dollars every year. The peace of mind offered by a pre-purchase pest inspection means you will be well aware of any damage or potential cost prior to moving into your new home.

Are moisture meters reliable in detecting termites?

Termites require a higher humidity in their workings than their surroundings. Moisture meters detect this, but leaks from plumbing, water systems, air conditioning equipment and guttering may also be detected and therefore must be investigated.

What is the effective life of a chemical barrier for termites?
Chemical barriers are only effective if the chemical is not disturbed. They can be bridged or breached at any time by any number of factors including servicing of property facilities, landscaping, additions, modifications, rodents, soil leaching and tree roots. Barriers should be re-applied about every 5-10 years depending on the brand and regular annual inspections by a specialised timber pest consultant are essential.

Why is a warranty of only 6 months given after an Ants & Spiders chemical spray has been applied?

The chemical degenerates in the soil over time and the rate is dependent on many factors. To ensure your house is still fully protected annual inspections are highly recommended so any break in the chemical barrier or new entry spot for termites is discovered quickly and treated in an appropriate manner.

Are physical barriers of stainless steel mesh or finely divided granite stone effective?

Any physical barrier can be bridged or breached by electrical and plumbing services, additions, modifications, renovations, and landscaping. Their primary function is to force termite activity to become visible to inspection. Regular inspections by a specialised timber pest consultant continue to be essential.

Do bait monitors protect properties?

Bait monitors alert property owners to termite presence so that attacked monitors can be used to eradicate the colony by introducing substances specifically designed to disrupt termite growth, digestion and colony behaviour. This must be undertaken by a specialised timber pest consultant.

Are there termite species which do not damage timber in buildings?

Yes, that’s why it’s essential to have an accurate identification so that control options can be carefully chosen according to the particular termite species.

Is pre-treated timber resistant to termites?

Often the chemical doesn’t penetrate the hardwood, so the timber centre can be susceptible to termites which may be exacerbated by timber splitting or weathering.

Treated pines or treated timbers should be completely covered  in the termite prevention spray - Once a piece of wood has been cut that has been treated  it will then be serceptable to termite attack if a chemical barrier is not put  in place to prevent termites from have lunch at your expense..