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 suffering termite attack, an annual termite inspection is the first key step in a termite management plan to protect your property.
It is estimated that 1 in 5 properties in Melbourne have a history of termite damage. So if you’re interested in purchasing a property, it’s vital to get a comprehensive timber pest inspection carried out before submitting an offer or bidding at an auction. When you’re probably making the biggest investment of your life, it is definitely worth getting the house checked out by experts, to make sure you a making a sound investment
Here at Specialist Termite Control, we only deal with termites and timber pests, it’s all we do! So if you want the re-assurance of having your potential purchase comprehensively checked by the experts, please give us a call
How do our inspections reports differ from others?
Each inspection comes with a detailed multi-page report with photos. We take our time to explain our findings on site and are happy to talk some more over the phone if you have further questions. Take a look at the examples below for 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)
We have been using this company for the last 4 years for both preventative treatment and inspections, we know that our home is being well protected. The service is fantastic, always on time and very respectful. An absolute pleasure to do business with. Andy, you are a legend for putting up with my annoying little dog! Maybe next year she will let you pat her!!
Just had a full termite inspection completed, more as a precautionary measure. Matt came spot on time, was extremely knowledgeable and did a very thorough inspection….he even got fully covered in mud to fully check under the house. Also had some great tips to reduce the risk of any future attack from any dirty bugs.
As an added bonus he found no termites!
Recommend this mob to anyone.
These guys are wonderfully thorough & very professional. From the moment I called to Dee completing his inspection I couldn’t be more impressed with your service. And even though it was a costly (& unforeseen) exercise I feel it was worth every penny. I will definitely recommend your business to my friends & family.
Highly recommend this service they are prompt and efficient and has saved us the worry of having further termite problems.