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Fast And Reliable Building and Pest Inspections In Berwick

Considering purchasing a property in Berwick? Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne have been serving home buyers in Greater Melbourne since 2010 with more than 5000 happy customers. We guarantee a comprehensive pre-purchase Building and Pest inspection report by a licenced builder in Melbourne within 3 business days at a very reasonable price. You can see from our reviews what Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne customers value most:

  • Our great customer service and our fast turnaround to meet your timeline.
  • We take time to answer your questions and explain our findings to you.
  • Our detailed reports are emailed to you the same day as the inspection.

Read on to discover more about what we inspect, plus when and why you need OUR comprehensive pre-purchase Building and Pest Inspection report.

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What Customers Are Saying

Bridget Hale
06:36 27 May 22
I had a great experience with this company. I submitted a request in the evening and Paul organised the inspection for the very next day. I received an incredibly detailed report a few hours after the inspection that contained a lot of photos and recommendations. The inspector, Ben, phoned me to run through his findings. He was very knowledgeable and kind. He patiently explained everything to me and answered all of my questions. Highly recommended and I will be using them again.
Alexander Gleeson
03:18 22 May 22
We would highly recommend Paul’s business. Paul promptly followed up and arranged the inspection with the agent the next business day. We received a thorough report and Mohammad was available to talk through the detail and answer our questions. The report itself was incredibly thorough and revealed several major defects which influenced our decision to not purchase the property in question. A small investment which saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential repairs. Thank you Paul!
Joanna Reyes
08:02 05 Apr 22
Had Building and Pest done a couple of months ago and super happy with the result. They are very thorough and picked up on a lot of things we would have never even knew existed. Just reading the indepth report shows how much knowledge Paul has in the field, you definitely need to choose them! Prompt response when first enquiring, and worth every cent! Definitely recommend.
nghia truong phuoc
07:43 16 Mar 22
Great service! Highly recommend. I have requested a couple of inspections and Paul always responded to my requests very quickly. The inspections were performed within two days and the reports are clear, detailed and helpful.
Anandita Bhatt
23:30 02 Mar 22
It was perfect. Paul was extremely helpful throughout the process.
Alexandra Hollis
02:27 23 Feb 22
I contacted Paul on a Monday and received the report Wednesday morning. Quick, comprehensive, and professional! Would recommend.
Polly Kay
03:04 09 Feb 22
Tyron Hapi
05:26 08 Feb 22
Very quick end efficient. 10/10
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Why are Building and Pest Inspection Berwick different from the rest?

3 Day appointment turnaround

We ensure that your building and pest inspection report will be received within a maximum of 3 business days from when you book.

Same day report delivery

Your comprehensive building and pest report with photos is emailed on the same day as your inspection.

We take time to explain our findings

We follow up with a straightforward breakdown of the findings from your inspection report to ensure you understand what was found.

Highly experienced

Your Inspector is an experienced, fully insured and licensed building and pest inspector.

Detailed oriented inspections

Our inspectors are limited to a maximum 3 inspections per day for quality control.

Reasonable prices

Our very reasonable fees keep us in constant demand for new clients and referrals.

Favoured by property professionals

Many of our customers are referred by buyer’s agents, mortgage brokers & conveyancers.

We go the extra mile

Our experienced staff go beyond your expectations and provide valuable advice on if the property is likely to contain asbestos, estimated cost of repairs and even building advice if you are considering renovating.

We're on your side to give you piece of mind

For most people when they purchase a property there are usually two experts on your side, your conveyancer and your Building and Pest Inspector. Conveyancers rely on our reports and refer clients to our inspection service because we’ve perfected it since 2010 to give you EVERYTHING you need, plus any extras you may wish for peace of mind, BEFORE you invariably buy a house.

Step 1

What happens when I make a booking?

For bookings, all we need is your first name, mobile & email, inspection address, agent name & number. We contact the agent to arrange access, then we email you the confirmation details.

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Step 2

BUILDING INSPECTIONS TO AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS 4349.1

Our Building Inspectors are experienced & fully insured Licenced Builders.

Our Building Inspection is a visual inspection of all accessible areas of the interior, roof void, sub-floor & exterior of the property to detect safety hazards, major defects, minor defects & general maintenance.

structural building inspections

Our Building Inspection report gives you Peace of Mind that the house is structurally sound.

Step 3

PEST INSPECTIONS TO AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS 4349.3

Our Pest Inspectors are qualified with full Professional Indemnity insurance.

We do a thorough visual inspection of all accessible areas including the interior, roof void, sub-floor, & exterior of the property for termites & termite damage using state of the art Termite Detection technology, including a moisture meter and a thermal tool to detect termite movement in the walls.

NOTE: Moisture is the cause of ALL termite problems. We apply our Moisture Meter extensively to identify leaks and dampness issues, commonly found in the wet areas.

Pest inspection interior

Our pest inspection report will give you Peace of Mind that the property is termite free.

Step 4

WE EXPLAIN OUR FINDINGS

We take time to explain our findings clearly and simply. Your inspector will speak directly with you after the inspection in person or by phone. You are welcome to call the inspector back after reading your reports.

We will discuss any MAJOR ISSUES with you to help you make any important decisions such as negotiating on price, asking for defects to be repaired or terminating the contract.

Discuss your building and pest inspection findings

Discuss your building and pest inspection findings

Step 5

PRE-PURCHASE BUILDING AND PEST REPORT

Our comprehensive Building & Pest Inspection report gives you the Peace of Mind and knowledge you need to complete, renegotiate, or terminate, this property purchase with confidence. One or more photos are included to highlight each defect.

Sample Report
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Comprehensive Pre Purchase Building Inspection for Your Peace of Mind

We take our responsibility as your trusted advisor seriously, going above and beyond your expectations.

Wet Areas

WATER IS, hands down, the #1 CAUSE OF COSTLY Building Defects and ALL Termite Problems. We heavily utilize our moisture meters to identify problems relating to leaking and dampness issues, most commonly found in wet areas.

Electrical Checks

We conduct the electrical checks that we can by law, including turning on light switches to check for flickering; the condition of the meter box; plus the presence of smoke alarms and safety switches.

Plumbing Checks

Our plumbing checks include flushing toilets to check function and drainage; plus the gutters and downpipes for rust, damage and blockages. We also turn on taps to check for hammering and poor drainage.

Yard

In the yard we note defects to boundary fences and gates, the clothesline, garden shed, paths, driveways and retaining walls. The yard is more often less well maintained with more major defects and safety hazards found.

Roof Exterior

On the roof exterior we check the condition of cladding, fascia/barge boards, flashings, gutters and downpipes, the soffit/eaves and valleys. Broken tiles, rust and water damage are noted. Fungal growth is a sign that water is pooling

Masonry Walls

Masonry walls are closely examined for defects such as bricks fretting, cracking, damp damage, differential damage, inadequate joint sealant, mortar eroding, blocked vents, visible flashings and weep hole ventilation.

Exterior

In the exterior, we note the condition of paint, any damp damage or cladding defects; maintenance items for outdoor structures including decks, balconies, patios, verandahs or pergolas; plus defects and safety hazards relating to handrails, steps, stairs and ramps.

Interior

In the interior, all rooms are inspected for building defects to the ceiling, doors, floor, painting, walls and windows. We carefully check if the floors are levels, windows and doors function normally and other signs of movement relating to major structural defects.

Laundry & Kitchen

In the laundry and kitchen, we also note visible defects to bench tops, doors, drawers and cabinets; sinks, splashbacks, taps and waste traps. The range hood fan is tested for function. Common defects include failed or inadequate waterproofing plus leaking taps and pipes.

Bathrooms

Built elements that commonly have defects due to wear and tear in bathrooms include the vanity, basin, bath, mirror, shower, shower screen, splashbacks, taps, waste traps, toilet cistern and pan. Ventilation, and exhaust fan function, is noted.

Roof Space/Void

In the roof space we identify any issues relating to coverage, framing, insulation, parti wall and sarking. We commonly find insufficient insulation, even in new homes. Even when there is sufficient insulation we try our best to enter the roof void to traverse all accessible areas.

Subfloor/Underfloor Space

For structural reasons, it is very important to check the condition of bearers, joists, piers or stumps; note any cracked or leaking pipes, dampness, ventilation or drainage issues. We recommend removal of debris or stored items that encourage termites and other pests including rodents!

What does a Pre Purchase Pest Inspection look for?

Our pre purchase Pest Inspection investigates for signs of termite damage, live termites and conducive conditions that could lead to termite attack. We report on whether the property has a current termite management system and we advise what you can do to reduce the risk of termite attack to protect your valuable asset

Melbourne’s ‘declared Termite Zones’

In Berwick, your Council may designate areas within the municipality in which buildings are likely to be subject to attack by termites.

Termite control measures are required for any new building, including alterations and extensions constructed within specified termite-prone zones under the regulations.

So, if you are buying an established property in a Declared Termite Area, does this increase your risk of termite attack?

The short answer is no, because Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne have found termites in suburbs all over Melbourne. Yes, all of Melbourne is at risk of termite attack IF conducive conditions exist at your property.

Conditions Conducive to Termite Attack

Every property owner fears the news that they have a termite infestation on their property. Termites can affect the structural integrity of a home and cause long-term damage.

There are more than 300 species of termites in Australia, however the most common termite around Berwick is Coptotermes. This species of termite will look for food and travel more than 50 metres from their nest. They are drawn to moist timber.

You’ll find Coptotermes nests at the base of trees, but also in sub-floors or areas with inadequate drainage or poor ventilation.

Before an inspection, ensure the sub-floor, slab edges and weep holes are clear of obstructions. This will make it easier to identify possible termite infestation. Because termites can enter the property by travelling up stumps, external walls and over the slab edge into weep holes, all vegetation should also be removed for easy visual inspection.

At Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne we also use non-invasive methods to manage termites. These include our moisture meter and Termatrac with thermal radar. When our inspectors locate an area with high moisture content, they will apply the Termatrac to determine if there are termites present.

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5 Reasons Why You Need OUR Detailed Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection Report

  • Our pre-purchase Building and Pest inspections can identify any defects with the property before you sign the contract. 
  • From leaking taps, to more serious problems such as major structural damage and termite infestation, our thorough inspection reports will identify defects big and small.
  • If the report results aren’t satisfactory, you may have the option to withdraw from the contract. 
  • If a number of problems are found with the property, you don’t have to cancel the contract. The seller may agree to lower the purchase price or even decide to remedy the defects before settlement. 
  • Our client’s are often able to negotiate the purchase price after they receive our Building and Pest inspection report.
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What Does it Mean When a Contract is Subject to a Building and Pest Inspection?

If you purchase a property, a building and pest clause should be included in the contract of sale. This clause will give you a set time period to submit a written Building and Pest report from a qualified inspector and avoid purchasing a property that is in need of serious repair or is infested by termites. 

Most standard contracts have a 3-day cooling off period. We guarantee that we’ll provide a building and pest report within 3 days of booking your inspection, so don’t forget to contact us ASAP after your offer is accepted.

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Should I get a Building and Pest report before an auction or before signing the contract?

If the property is going to auction, your only option is to inspect PRIOR to making a BID. Some buyers and vendors prefer to do the Building and Pest inspection before signing any contracts to avoid the need for a subject to Building and Pest clause in the contract. If conditional finance is also approved or it is a cash sale, this removes contract risk.

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