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About Building and Pest Inspection Craigieburn

Ready to buy a property in Craigieburn? With more than 5000 happy customers, we’ve been providing Building and Pest Inspections to home buyers in Craigieburn 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.

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

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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 Craigieburn different from the rest?

Appointments Within 3 days - guaranteed!

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

Comprehensive same day report

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

Personalised service

We provide a no-nonsense breakdown of your report to ensure you understand what it 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.

Industry recommended inspections

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 are on your side & we are here to help you!

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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A comprehensive pre purchase property inspection for your peace of mind

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

Wet Areas

MOISTURE is by far the Number 1 cause of COSTLY building defects and ALL termite problems. We apply our Moisture Meter extensively to identify defects relating to leaking and dampness issues, commonly found in the 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 Craigieburn, 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 Craigieburn 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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The Top 5 Reasons You Should Choose OUR 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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What does subject to Building and Pest Inspection mean in a contract of sale?

When you buy a home, a Building and Pest clause should be in place as a condition of the contract. This clause enables you to employ a qualified building and pest inspector to generate a report within a time period and avoid purchasing a property with significant building defects or termite infestation. 

With standard contracts you also have a three day cooling off period. At Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne we guarantee that your report will be completed within three days of booking your inspection, so reach out to us as soon as your offer is accepted by the vendor.

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Home Under Contract

Is it Necessary to Get a Building and Pest Report Before Signing a Contract at Auction?

The only way to get a Building and Pest inspection for a property under auction is to book it prior to signing the contract. This is a common option for buyers and vendors who don’t want to add a subject to Building and Pest clause into the contract. When finance is approved or it’s a cash sale, it also decreases additional contract risk.

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