Pest and building inspections

Because you don’t buy property every day of the week, we want to help you with the nuts and bolts of what we do best – pest and building inspections! 

Here’s what you need to know:

  1. You’re welcome to attend the inspection and if you have any specific concerns with the property, you should. Use the inspection appointment wisely! Ask building-related questions. Have another look at the property. Measure the fridge space. It’s your appointment, make it count!
  2. A thorough inspection should include the site, the exterior (walls, windows, doors), the interior and if there is a manhole, the roof space. As long as the roof of the building it isn’t higher than 3.6m and it’s not raining or dangerous, the roof exterior should be inspected too.
  3. Depending on the size of the property, an inspection takes around an hour. If you are attending the inspection we suggest that you don’t arrive until about mid-way through. Otherwise, you could spend a load of time standing around.
  4. Building inspections are all governed by an Australian Standard (AS 4349.1). However individual companies can give more or less information depending on how much work they want to do. They don’t have to take photos or point out maintenance items (we do!). Our reports are detailed enough so that you can use it into the future as a maintenance guide.
  5. If you get a pest and building inspection done by a single operator, you might save a bit of money. But it’s likely that inspector is a builder who has done a short pest inspection course. Always ask how long a pest inspector has been in the termite game – you want experience!
  6. The average cost of a pest and building inspection varies wildly (between $360 and $600+). Like most situations, you need to compare apples and apples and you always get what you pay for. Going for the lowest price usually means you’ll get the least service/information.
  7. The insurance companies that insure inspectors are very strict about the wording of the reports. Sometimes to the point of being over-cautionary!! Always discuss the report with the inspector after reading it, there can be scary bits in there.
  8. Building inspections do not cover plumbing/electrical however if we spot something suspicious, it will be flagged for further investigation by the appropriate trade.
  9. Only take a referral from your real estate agent if you trust them. Inspectors should not have any other agenda beyond helping you, their client. You don’t want one who is “in the pocket” of the agent. Deal-breaker defects might not make their way into the report.
  10. There is no such thing as a Pass or Fail when it comes to pest and building inspections (read more HERE).  Did I read that right?? Yes, you did!  We can’t tell you whether or not to buy a house, but we can give you the best information to make your choice. There’s an element of risk in everything you do and we want you to know the level of risk you are taking on.

We hope this helps you with the process. We realise buying a house can be quite daunting and Dwell Building Services would like to make that easier for you!