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About Building and Pest Inspection Highett

Need an affordable Building and Pest Inspection in Highett? Home buyers in the Highett area have been using our company since 2010, with more than 5000 happy clients. Within 3 business days we guarantee a Highett Building and Pest Inspection, carried out by a qualified, licenced builder – with same-day report. Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne customer reviews show that we provide:

  • A high level of customer service with prompt turnaround to meet your purchase deadline.
  • All your questions answered with a detailed explanation of our findings.
  • Building and Pest reports emailed on the same day as the inspection. 

Continue reading for a rundown of what’s included in our Building and Pest Inspections and why you need our comprehensive report when you’re purchasing a new property.

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What Customers Are Saying

Hardeep Singh
04:49 01 Dec 21
I called up Paul Byers for my investment property pre purchase building & pest inspection, He was very professional & explain me what he will inspect & what’s not included. He arranged the inspection on very short notice,Paul Baker has done the inspection, it was very thoroughly done and the report was comprehensive detailed with attached photos.I called up Paul Baker twice to get some clarification on the report, both time he was very polite responsive & helpful, he explained & answered all my questions on the spot. Highly recommend Paul Byres & Paul Baker for anyone purchasing their owner occupied or investment property.Keep up the good work Paul n Paul.
Umesh Kamat
09:37 23 Nov 21
Used their services few months ago. Was extremely happy with the way everything was done ,right from booking their service to getting the actual report was a very smooth and easy process.Paul and team are Friendly,responsive and very detailed with their job.Will definitely use their services in future.
Sarah Hamilton
09:23 18 Nov 21
Paul was very thorough and explained the findings in detail. He is an excellent communicator, and I would definitely recommend this company. Also good value to get both building and pest done together.
Lucy Brown
06:23 03 Nov 21
Excellent service, went above and beyond by not only providing a very detailed report but also taking the time to talk us through it.
Jordan McConkey
00:29 28 Oct 21
When I called Paul I was in a bit of a pickle. I had a building inspection completed by a non VBA registered practitioner which meant their report was useless and I needed to get a qualified practitioner on very short notice.Paul was absolutely amazing and organised Wayne for my inspection thr very next day. His report was so detailed and quoted the appropriate acts.I can't thank you guys enough!
prat k
01:55 27 Oct 21
Paul & his team are highly professional, knows well what they are doing and deliver the inspection report well within time with great details and pictures.I got my report just after 2 hrs from building inspection. Their price is very reasonable as well
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!!
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Why are Building and Pest Inspection Highett different from the rest?

3 Day appointment turnaround

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.

We take time to explain our findings

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

Experienced and licensed

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

Meticulous reporting standards

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

Reasonable prices

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 knowledgeable staff will go beyond your expectations to provide valuable advice on if the property is likely to contain asbestos, estimated cost of repairs and even builder’s advice if you’re thinking about doing some DIY renovations.

Get piece of mind in your purchase decision

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

How do I book and then what happens?

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 Pest and Building Inspectors are skilled & 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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Move forward with your purchase confidently with a comprehensive pre purchase property inspection

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 Highett, 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 when you buy a well-established home in a declared termite area does it increase your risk of having termites 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 Favourable to Termite Attack

For homeowners, termites can be a huge problem. They can cause a large amount of damage and can significantly decrease the value of your property.

In the Highett area, the species that causes the most destruction are the Coptotermes Termites. This particular species can travel up to 50 meres from their nests and are lured by moist timber. Most of the time Coptotermes build their nests at the bases of trees, but at Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne we have also found them nesting in areas with low ventilation or poor drainage such as sub-floors.

Termites can gain entry into your property by travelling up old tree stumps, outside walls or over slab edges into the weep holes. It’s recommended that you remove any overhanging vegetation near your property to make it easier for our inspector to carry out an inspection of the full external perimeter. Sub-floors should also be clear, to allow for inspection around the full internal perimeter walls.

Non-invasive methods of termite control are also employed by our pest inspectors. They use a moisture meter and Termatrac with thermal radar. When a high moisture area is located, we apply Termatrac to determine if there are any termites within the walls.

termite detection tool

Five reasons you need OUR comprehensive pre-purchase Building & Pest inspection report

  1. A Building and Pest inspection report can help locate any defects with the property and save you money by finding serious issues that could cost you in the future if not identified. 
  2. Our inspection reports locate a range of issues on the property, from leaking taps to more serious problems such as termite infestation or structural damage. 
  3. You may have the opportunity to pull out of the contract if the report’s results are unsatisfactory. 
  4. However, withdrawing from the contract isn’t your only option. If issues are found, the vendor may agree to decrease the price of the property or even fix the problems before settlement. 
  5. Many of our clients are able to negotiate discounts on the purchase price after a pre-purchase Building and Pest inspection report. 
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What does subject to Building and Pest Inspection mean 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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Is it Necessary to Get a Building and Pest Report Before Signing a Contract at Auction?

Organising a Building and Pest inspection prior to the auction or making a bid is your only option. It’s common for buyers and vendors to book in the Building and Pest inspection before signing contracts to avoid the need for a Building and Pest clause. Contract risk can be avoided, especially if conditional finance is approved or if it’s a cash sale.

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