Buying a property in Smiths Gully? Since 2010, Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne has completed more than 5000 inspections within the Smiths Gully area. Our comprehensive pre-purchase Building and Pest inspections are fully guaranteed to be completed by a licenced builder within 3 days – at an affordable price. Our reviews reflect the quality and value of our inspections and our customer’s value:
Keep reading to find out what’s included in our Building and Pest Inspection and why you need our Building and Pest Inspection report.
We guarantee a maximum of 3 business days turnaround from booking to receive your building and pest report.
Your comprehensive building and pest report with photos is emailed on the same day as your inspection.
We provide a no-nonsense breakdown of your report to ensure you understand what it found
Your Inspector is an experienced, fully insured and licensed building and pest inspector.
Our inspectors are limited to a maximum 3 inspections per day for quality control.
Extremely reasonable prices are what keep us in constant demand with new clients and referrals.
Many of our customers are referred by buyer’s agents, mortgage brokers & conveyancers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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, 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.
All homeowners dread termite infestations due to the excessive damage and long term effects it can have on the structural integrity of the property. In Melbourne suburbs, most termite problems are caused by the Coptotermes termites, a species that can travel up to 50 metres from their nest and are drawn to damp timber. This species of termite builds their nests at the bottom of trees, but they can also be found in sub-floors that have poor drainage or ventilation.
To identify termites, inspectors will visually view the sub-floor, slab edge and weep holes, so it’s important to keep these areas clear of obstructions. It’s also important to keep vegetation at bay. Termites can travel up stumps, external walls and over the slab edge to enter the property via weep holes. Any overhanging vegetation should be cleared so the inspector can locate any potential termite problems.
Inspectors at Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne also use non-invasive moisture meters and Termatrac with thermal radar methods to locate termites. If we find an area with high moisture, we apply Termatrac to identify if there are termites present.
When you purchase a property by private treaty, a Building and Pest clause allows you to organise a qualified building and pest inspector to provide a written report on the condition of the property within a set time period. This will help you identify problems such as termite infestation or other significant building defects before the contract goes unconditional.
Standard contracts also offer a 3-day cooling off period. We guarantee to provide a Building and Pest inspection report within 3 days, so remember to organise your inspection right away after your offer is accepted.
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.