When our Inspectors find active termites they endeavour to identify the species of termite as differing species behave differently. They also endeavour to source the entry points to the house and document the extent and severity of damage to the property without disturbing the termites. Our Inspector will also document evidence of previous termite management. If you are the buyer, you can then decide whether to continue with your purchase, perhaps negotiating termite management and damage repair.
Building & Pest Inspection FAQs
Frequently asked questions about building and pest inspections and the reports associated with such inspections.
In compliance with Australian Standards and best practice, our reports will clearly spell out which areas of a house were not visible because they were either not accessible, or partially or completely obstructed and for what reason, so you can choose to make further special investigation of these areas should you be concerned.
This is probably the one area in life for which there is no "pass" or "fail".
A professional Pest and Building Inspection is an examination of the property's current condition, conducted according to Australian Standards. It is not an appraisal, which determines market value, nor a council inspection, which verifies compliance to local government legislation.
There are many things to consider when buying a property. For example, how busy is the road, the type of neighbourhood, proximity to schools, hospitals, shopping, community facilities, and public transport to name a few. You also need to consider what is potentially in your neighbouring yards.
When you have a new home built or when you buy a new home from a builder or developer, the warranty against major structural defects applies for 6 years. However, for less significant non-structural defects the builder is only responsible for rectifying issues for 12 months after Practical Completion. Because of this, we recommend that before 12 months after Practical Completion and your Handover Inspection, you have a further Warranty Inspection undertaken to identify any non-structural defects, omissions or untradesmanlike work so the builder can rectify them.
During the Handover Inspection we conduct a very comprehensive inspection detailing any untradesmanlike work, inappropriate materials, incomplete work, omissions, non-structural defects, and structural issues. We also complete a Timber Pest Inspection on your new property. This may seem unnecessary, but it is not uncommon for the termite management system to be compromised during the building process.
When buying off a plan it is always wise to make your contract conditional upon a Building and Pest Inspection by an independent licensed professional.
Being a newly constructed property, we conduct a Handover Inspection to ensure that the Builder has completed all work to an recognised, satisfactory standard, itemising any untradesmanlike work, inappropriate materials, omissions, incomplete work, as well as any non-structural defects and structural issues (Please note: With strata title properties we cannot inspect common property).
This is a commonly asked question. We recommend getting an inspection at each Stage of your home's construction. These are broken up into 6 Stages in total consisting of 4 Building Stage Inspections culminating in Handover at Practical Completion and followed up 12 months later by a Warranty Inspection. You can choose the entire package or select a few... the choice is yours!
You are always welcome to be at the inspection.
However, experience has taught us that the best way to communicate with our clients is after they have read their written report. This makes sure that all the relevant information is communicated to you fully before you make any decisions in relation to the property. Please do not make any decisions based solely on what the inspector says to you during, or at the end of the inspection.
We at ABIS inspect as much of the roof space or void as we safely can. We are of course guided by Workplace Health & Safety laws and good practice and consequently there will therefore be a number of situations when your inspector will not be ably to safely get into the roof space.