Building House Inspections do Termite Inspections
During a Building pest inspections western suburbs, it’s vital that your building inspector is experienced in looking for termites/damage. All too often we find damage caused by termites, and more often than not that damage is a structural defect with some defects easily fixed whereas other defects may require removing and replacing structural timbers within the home.
In one particular property in Lilydale, termites had built a sub-nest in a wall cavity behind the shower.
It wasn’t until the builder removed the wall lining to renovate the room, that he uncovered a termite nest.
Having a building inspection prior to buying a house does not automatically include a termite inspection, so it is vital that when you commission a building inspection, you ensure that it includes a timber pest inspection also, in order to specifically identify any termite activity and conditions around the house that are conducive to termite attack.
Building House inspections will include an inspection of the house exterior, interior, the roof space within the ceiling, the subfloor underneath the house, the roof exterior and the entire site of the property, there are over 1000 items that we check
It will consider the structural elements of the house, assess the standard of workmanship and note the condition of the timber frame.
Having building inspections prior to purchasing is the best way to get peace of mind, that you will not be liable for any extra costs when buying the property.
Building House Inspections conduct combined building and pest inspections and are structural building experts within the industry.
We book the inspection with the real estate agent, we conduct the building pest inspection and give you a call when finished reporting on what we have found followed within the building report the same night.
Knowing the risks and your property’s potential for termite infestation is critical in determining whether you should proceed with your purchase or renegotiate the price, in any event, you will know in advance a list of all defects that are existing and who best to rectify.
The biggest areas of concern for homeowners is the subfloor as these areas are prone to fungal decay under wet areas like bathrooms and laundries and are the hardest areas of inspection.
How many times have we found termite damage to floor joists and to bearers cut by plumbers when installing their waste pipes and rot to timber stumps that are structurally unsound?
Inspecting properties that are constructed on concrete slabs are a lot easier than house inspections of houses with a subfloor that the inspector is required to crawl under and if he’s not diligent he could miss areas of termite infestations to structural timbers that could be considered to be structural.
The Roof space and the roof are other areas of concern and are also difficult to inspect due to limited space between floor joists and rafters, step the wrong way and you will fall through the roof,it has happened.
Do you know the condition of your future Melbourne home or investment property before the expiration of your contract cooling-off period or prior to bidding at auction with a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection we adhere to the Victorian Building Authorities guidelines?
Our comprehensive pre-purchase building inspections cover the following
- Interior and exterior of the building
- Floors (tiling/timber flooring)
- Internal walls for structural issues
- Drainage issues
- Window and window frames
- Doors, door frames
- All Kitchen appliances
- Stairs, balustrades, and handrails
- All Wet areas (bathrooms / powder rooms / WC’s / laundries etc.)
- Basins, vanities and benchtops, cabinets, plumbing fixtures & fittings, toilet cisterns
- Shower recess (frames / tiles & grout / floor trap drainage flanges
- Baths (tubs/hobs/seal to the wall, floor, and vanity junctions, etc.)
- Rising damp to all walls
- Roof space framing structures (where accessible)
- Sarking / sisalation
- Party walls
- Insulation and downlight clearances
- Roof coverings (Colourbond sheeting/tiles etc.)
- Skylights and vents
- Flashings, valleys
- Eaves, fascia, barges
- Columns / support posts
- External walls and cladding
- Window and window frame exteriors/lintels
- External doors
- Hot water units
- Subfloor ventilation
- Patios / decking
- Outbuildings (sheds, granny-flats, external WC / Laundry, etc.)
- Garages and carports
- Site features within 20 meters of the dwelling inside site boundaries
- Overhanging trees/vegetation)
- Paths, driveways
- Fences and retaining walls
The Purchase of your future home is often the largest investment that most people will make, so it is critical that you do everything in ensuring that your investment is free of defects.