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Pre-Purchase Pest Inspections
When buying a home it is essential to have a professional timber pest inspection carried out. See more about Thermal Imaging.
When you consider that the purchase of a home is usually the single biggest investment a person makes in a lifetime the protection of that investment is of considerable importance. Everyone has heard horror stories of houses falling down from damage caused by timber pests. In fact termites cause millions of dollars worth of damage each year, to properties in Australia. Buying a home that is infested with termites or timber pests, will cost a lot of money to rectify, and will make the cost of a pest inspection seem insignificant. See here for pre-purchase order form.
A professional inspection could be all that is needed to save prospective buyers thousands of dollars. It could be all that prevents them from buying a home where timber pest damage is already being done.
When requesting an inspection you should know what a thorough termite inspection involves, and have the knowledge to choose a company with suitably qualified operators that can provide a professional service, in accordance with regulations and Australian standards.
To safeguard consumers, Australian Standards have compiled AS4349.3, which is the only recognised standard for pre-purchase inspections.
Somewhere between 1 to 2 hours should be spent inspecting the property, depending on the size, construction type and state of the property. All accessible areas should be inspected and reported however, many houses are very difficult to inspect. To inspect for timber pest good access to all timbers in a house is needed.
In addition to advising on the status of the property, a timber pest report should include areas that can’t be inspected and the potential risk from this. It should give relevant information on conditions that conducive to timber pest attack and how to protect the property. Old damage as well as any current activity should be recorded in the report and if active timber pests are found that should be formally identified before any chemical treatment is applied.
A number of Companies will only inspect for termites and not borer or wood decay fungi. These pests may have a lower public profile than termites but their damage potential is such that any inspection, which ignores them, is incomplete.
Bug Busters offer three levels of inspection for our pre-purchase timber report clients.
8 page report to Australian Standard 4349.3
As per bronze but with digital photos of termite damage, activity and conducive conditions. Presented in bound folder.
As per silver, with an inspection of the home utilizing a state of the art thermal Imaging camera with photographic report supplied. Presented in bound folder with compact disc.
Costings for any of the above packages are based on construction type and size. Please contact our office for specific pricing.