Buying a home in Melbourne?
You need a pre-purchased timber pest inspection
With termite damage not covered by most home insurance and 1 in 5 homes in Melbourne being damaged by termites, a timber pest inspection makes sense and will give you the confidence that you are choosing the ‘right’ one to buy.
Buying a home nowadays in Melbourne requires such a huge investment, and sometimes new buyers get bad news as they move into to a new home. Termite damage is usually hidden deep under floors and inside walls and the average buyer would not see it- before they purchase the building.
If you engage us to provide you with an inspection prior to purchase, we will give (just) you the information you should have if you are to make a wise decision. Our inspector will be a licenced and accredited timber pest inspector- not a building inspector without experience or licence for pest work. The report to you will be clear and simple, with minimum of verbiage, but with embedded photos. You (and only you) will also have a one-to-one verbal report direct from the inspector and not from the agent.
History tells us that our clients understand and trust our reports. This gives them the confidence to make that big decision- or perhaps, to leave that one and cool down. Wait for a better one.
At Specialist Termite Control, we deal exclusively with termites and timber pests. It’s what we do! So- trust us and our reports. Let us inspect your prospective purchase and report to you- before you commit yourself.
A pre-purchase timber pest inspection or “pest inspection” on a property of interest for a homebuyer, is more than just a termite inspection. As the name of the inspection suggests, we are not only looking for termites but we are looking for other timber pests (such as borers and wood decay fungi).
These pre-purchase pest inspections are vital for home buyers (and should not be skipped). Not only do they pick up current activity but will flag potential issues that need to be fixed to prevent future problems, such as drainage, ventilation and construction issues, all of which could make the property susceptible to termite attack.
This is important information for homeowners to make sure they don’t make an expensive mistake and can use the information to negotiate on price if they decide to proceed.
As you can imagine, the information in a pre-purchase pest inspection can make or break a sale. As such before any pre-purchase inspection, a pre-inspection agreement is required. This is to make sure the homebuyer understands what will be carried out in the inspection and its limitations.
For example, it is important to realise that these inspections (like the standard termite inspection) are visual pest inspections – by law we are not allowed to damage any walls or skirting boards or even move any boxes or furniture. Sometimes the home seller will deliberately try and hide a problem. If we suspect such a problem, we will highlight the issue in the report and recommend a further “invasive” inspection (which the home seller may or may not allow).
Pre-purchase timber pest inspections have to follow the guidelines specified in Australian Standards 4349.3. The resulting report is very detailed and we include photos to help with your understanding. However, the reports do contain a lot of “legal speak” and so it is definitely worth having a chat with the inspector after he has completed the inspection. As we know there can be time pressures in the purchase process with aim to provide the complete reports within 24 hours.
Pest Manager of the Year – Victoria (2016).
Pest Manager of the Year finalist (2017)
I spoke to Narelle on the phone to organise the inspection, and with only a day’s notice she was able to book us in and get everything sorted out. She was incredibly friendly, personable and helpful over the phone, and it made a stressful time much easier on my partner and I. Thank you Narelle & Martin!
Emma | Carlton North
Very happy with your services from initial contact thru to completion of inspection.
Paul | Saint Andrews
I love the feel of your organisation and I trust your work probably mostly because we have had checkers who we like very much and trust. I have recommended you to many others.
Freda | Alphington
I have been extremely pleased with the inspections that I have received from both Rob and Ben over the last few years and look forward to continuing service with Specialist Termite Control.
Norm | Briar Hill
Great experience start to finish. Will be coming back for regular checks.
Rebecca | Research
My contact with you has been absolutely superb from start to finish. Both receptionist and Richard were reassuring, kind and went above and beyond to help me out.
Alice | Eltham
I really feel that the service your company provides is excellent, from the first phone call all the way through to the written reports. Dee was super helpful and was happy to answer any questions I had. Thanks!
Nic | Eltham
My experience from the day I called has been amazing, so helpful and made easy for me. Thankyou.
Sharon | Templestowe
Very happy with Dee and his helpfulness. He is thorough and polite throughout. Liasing with my builder to arrange for subfloor access. Also thank the office staff who was kind to squeeze in a prompt enough visit after we discovered the termites.
Cherla | Mount Waverly
Always extremely satisfied with the service this organisation provides. Receptionists are always friendly and accommodating and Rob always provides a quality 5 star service. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to others.
Danika | Watsonia North
We are very happy with the service and would recommend this company to others.
Liz | Beaconsfield