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Buildings and Pest Inspection Lalor

Considering purchasing a property in Lalor? 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:

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

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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What Makes Us The Best

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.

Free post inspection breakdown

Your inspector will speak directly with you after the inspection in person or by phone.

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

Very reasonable prices keep us constantly in demand with new customers 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!

If you’re buying a property, there are generally two experts on your side, your conveyancer and your Building and Pest Inspector. Conveyancers trust our reports and refer their clients to our inspection service because it has been refined over the years to deliver all you need, plus anything else you desire, for complete peace of mind, BEFORE you make an unconditional offer on a house.

Step 1

How do I book and then what happens?

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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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

Declared Termite Areas Melbourne

Melbourne’s council can identify areas within the municipality where buildings are likely to be attacked 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?

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 That Are Attractive to Termites

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 Lalor 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.

termite detection tool

5 Reasons Why OUR In-depth Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection Report is Best

  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 be included in a contract of sale when you purchase a property by private treaty. You will have a set time period to organise a qualified Building and Pest inspector to deliver a written report on the condition of the property and avoid purchasing a property in need of serious repair or with a termite infestation. 

A cooling off period of 3 days is allowed under standard contracts. Call us as soon as you accept an offer, we guarantee a Building and Pest report delivered within 3 days of the booking.

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Do I Need a Building and Pest Report Before Signing a Contract at Auction?

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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