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About Building and Pest Inspection Cairnlea

Ready to buy a property in Cairnlea? With more than 5000 happy customers, we’ve been providing Building and Pest Inspections to home buyers in Cairnlea since 2010. We deliver affordable, detailed pre-purchase Building and Pest inspection reports by a licenced builder – with a 3 day turnaround. Our customer reviews show what Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne customers love the most.

  • Extraordinary customer service and an exceptionally quick turnaround.
  • A detailed explanation of our findings and all your questions answered.
  • A comprehensive report – delivered on the same day as the inspection.

Keep reading to find out what we inspect and why our comprehensive Building and Pest Inspection reports are the best.

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Customer Feedback

Sarah Aleckson
09:04 14 Oct 21
Highly recommend Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne. We received a fantastic, same day report. Everyone from the company was great to deal with- very thorough and easy to communicate with. Will use again for our next property.
Benedict Jacob
08:49 14 Oct 21
Outstanding job done!!
George Varkey
05:51 12 Oct 21
I had the best experience with Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne. Firstly Paul was very professional and helped a lot when arranging the inspection. He was really accomodating and it felt like he was always on my side through the process.Wayne came in to inspect the property and I do not have enough good things to say about him. He was very professional and took the time to walk through every detail with me. He is extremely friendly and was very thorough. I HIGHLY recommend using their services!
Tom Murphy
04:31 12 Oct 21
The team at Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne contacted me within hours of logging a job on their website and had provided me with a full report by email within a few days. The employee conducting my inspection contacted me after finishing it and gave me an informal breakdown of his findings that gave me the confidence to go ahead with a potential purchase.The report was extremely thorough and professional, with photos clearly showing any issues that had been discovered and whether they were a low or high concern.A very stress free experience, and I thoroughly recommend their services if you are looking for a building and pest inspection.
Paul Conway
08:16 30 Sep 21
As a first home buyer, the whole process is very daunting! Paul and his team were amazing! I am super impressed with the ease of booking and the way that Paul's team worked around tenants/real estate agents schedules. Not only that, the level of detail that Louis (the inspector) went in to, was incredible! I am very glad I engaged a team of professionals to help my decision making process and point out things that I'd never even think of. 5 stars!! Amazing service!
dferdian
01:18 29 Sep 21
Matt Lee
02:14 28 Sep 21
5 Star service - just check out the other reviews here.Paul contacted me directly on a Public Holiday (Grand Final Friday of all holidays) to advise that the inspection was booked for the following Monday.Wayne (Inspector) left me a voicemail on the Monday advising that the inspection was complete and the report would be sent to me by the following day. On Monday evening, I received the comprehensive report, which picked up a lot of minor issues that I had not even noticed, nor would have expected anyone else to have noticed.Great service, great blokes - can and will recommend them to everyone.
Nadia Bellofiore
06:06 22 Sep 21
Extremely quick turnaround, Paul had our prepurchase inspection booked in and conducted within a day of requesting. Report was thorough and pricing very reasonable. Thank you Paul and team!
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Why are Building and Pest Inspection Cairnlea different from the rest?

Guaranteed service within 3 business days!

We guarantee a maximum of 3 business days turnaround from booking to receive your building and pest report.

No wait report delivery

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

Personalised service

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

Fully licensed and insured

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.

Cost effective

Extremely reasonable prices are what keep us in constant demand with 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.

Get piece of mind in your purchase decision

When you buy a property, there are generally two experts on your side, your Conveyancer and your Building and Pest Inspector. Conveyancers rely on our reports and refer our inspection service because it has been perfected since 2010 to provide everything you need, and extra things you want for peace of mind, BEFORE you unconditionally buy a house.

Step 1

What happens when I make a booking?

To book we just need 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 gives you Peace of Mind that the house 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

Declared Termite Areas Melbourne

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

The Regulations require all new buildings, including alterations and extensions, built within designated termite-infested areas, to have management against termite attack.

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

Quick answer: No, as Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne has uncovered termites in every suburb of Melbourne. Yep, all of Melbourne is at risk of termite infestation IF there are conducive conditions on your property.

Conditions Encouraging Termites

For many property owners, termites are their worst nightmare. They can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage and decrease the value of your property.

One of the most common species of termites that causes major damage in the Cairnlea area is Coptotermes. This species can search for food for up to 50 metres from their nest and are attracted to wet timber.

Coptotermes can be found nesting at the base of trees, but have also been known to build nests in sub-floors or other areas that have poor ventilation or drainage.

To help a termite inspector locate possible termite infestation, it’s important to remove any obstructions surrounding the sub-floor, slab edge or weep holes. It’s also important to remove any vegetation before the inspection. The inspector will inspect the full exterior and interior perimeters of your property for any termites crawling up stumps, external walls or over the edge of the slab into weep holes.

Building and Pest inspectors can also locate termites using more non-invasive techniques. These include our moisture meter and Termatrac with thermal radar. If a damp area in your property is identified, we use the Termatrac to find out if there are termites present inside the walls.

termite detection tool

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

  1. Purchasing a property is a huge investment. Our pre-purchase Building and Pest inspection can pinpoint any problems that could cost you in the future. 
  2. From minor problems such as leaking taps, to much larger issues such as termite infestation or structural damage, our Building and Pest inspection reports offer valuable insight into the overall condition of the property. 
  3. You may have the option to withdraw from the contract if the results of the inspection aren’t satisfactory.
  4. Alternatively, if issues are found with the property the seller may agree to reduce the price or decide to fix the issues before settlement. 
  5. The results contained in the building and pest inspection report may help buyers negotiate discounts on the price of the property.
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How is a Subject to Building and Pest Clause Included in a Contract of Sale?

A Building and Pest clause should exist as a condition of a property purchase sale when you buy a home by private treaty. The Building and Pest clause allows you to get written reports from a qualified Building and Pest inspector within a set time frame to AVOID BUYING a property infested with termites or with significant building repair costs.

You also have a 3 day COOLING OFF period under standard contracts. We guarantee your Building and Pest report within 3 business days of booking our services, so book us as soon as your offer is ACCEPTED!

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

You can only organise a Building and Pest Inspection prior to an auction or making your bid. Many buyers and vendors would rather organise the inspection before signing contracts so the Building and Pest clause isn’t needed. This way, there will be no contract risk if the conditional finance is approved or if it’s a cash sale.

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