BOOK NOW
CALL 0408 666 539
melbourne suburban property

About Building and Pest Inspection Princes Hill

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

Google Rating
5.0
Based on 158 reviews

What Customers Are Saying

Wei Li
11:08 30 Dec 21
I contacted Paul for a building inspection in a short notice. He called me back and scheduled an appointment very quickly. Inspection was conducted by Michael, who discussed with me about some severe issues while he was conducting the inspection. Next day, I received his professional report. I negotiated the price with the vendor by presenting the inspection report, a piece of strong evidence. In my opinion, Michael and Paul are one of the best inspectors I have ever met. Strongly recommend this team!
Jidi Sun
23:04 22 Dec 21
Honest and professional team. I got valuable tips from them. Highly recommend to others for their services.
Sam Hayward
10:28 20 Dec 21
Subir Das
10:41 14 Dec 21
“Building and Paste inspection Melbourne” is the company what I look for purchasing a property by spending all my valuable deposits. Michael Tuder is a very experienced person; he is extremely expert in this field. His attention to detail is unparallel, plus he provides very informative and concise report. His expert advice makes the purchasing decision safe. Paul Byres is a nice person too. He is an expert hub, no matter you want building inspection, paste inspection or structural engineer contract, you’ll get everything form him. I will always engage “Building and Paste inspection Melbourne” as my inspector for all my future property purchase in Melbourne. Best wishes.
Hiru Samarakoon
04:42 08 Dec 21
Fantastic and comprehensive report - very professional
Sullivan Hollands
23:59 07 Dec 21
Highly recommended - I will be using these guys again for my next inspection. Paul was very responsive and arranged a building inspection directly with the agent for the next business day. The inspector, Mohammad was very knowledgeable and helpful in answering my questions / explaining some of the defects identified.
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.
See All Reviews

What Makes Us The Best

3 Day appointment turnaround

We promise to have your building and pest report within a maximum of 3 business days from the time you book with us.

Same day report delivery

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.

Meticulous reporting standards

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

Cost effective

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

Industry recommended inspections

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

Top advice

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

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?

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.

BOOK NOW

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
cracked home facade

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

Melbourne’s ‘declared Termite Zones’

In Princes Hill, 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

Termites can be the worst nightmare for home owners because of the extensive damage they can cause and because termites can reduce the value of your property. The termite species that cause the most building defects in Melbourne are Coptotermes, which can forage up to 50 metres from their nests and are attracted to moist timbers in your home. Coptotermes commonly nest at the base of a tree but we have found them nesting in sub-floors with poor drainage or inadequate ventilation.

It is important to keep the sub-floor, slab edge and weep holes clear of obstructions because our Pest Inspectors can find termites visually. For example, termites can enter the property by crawling up the stumps, external walls or over the slab edge into a weep hole. Vegetation should be removed to allow visual inspection of the full external perimeter of the property and sub-floors should be visually clear around the full internal perimeter walls and all stumps.

Our Pest Inspectors can also find termites by non-invasive methods using our moisture meter and Termatrac with thermal radar. When we locate an area within a wall with high moisture, we apply the Termatrac to accurately determine if there are termites in the walls

termite detection tool

Why 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.
smiling happy pest and building client

How Does a Building and Pest Inspection Affect 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!

BOOK NOW

 

Home Under Contract

Do I Need 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.

Sample Report
guaranteed reports within 3 business days
experienced & insured licenced builder
trusted since 2010
View Service Area