Ready to buy a property in South Melbourne? With more than 5000 happy customers, we’ve been providing Building and Pest Inspections to home buyers in South Melbourne 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.
We promise to have your building and pest report within a maximum of 3 business days from the time you book with us.
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.
Very reasonable prices keep us constantly in demand with new customers and referrals.
Many of our customers are referred by buyer’s agents, mortgage brokers & conveyancers.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
In South Melbourne, 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.
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.
If you purchase a property, a building and pest clause should be included in the contract of sale. This clause will give you a set time period to submit a written Building and Pest report from a qualified inspector and avoid purchasing a property that is in need of serious repair or is infested by termites.
Most standard contracts have a 3-day cooling off period. We guarantee that we’ll provide a building and pest report within 3 days of booking your inspection, so don’t forget to contact us ASAP after your offer is accepted.
You can only organise a Building and Pest Inspection prior to an auction or making your bid. Many buyers and vendors would rather organise the inspection before signing contracts so the Building and Pest clause isn’t needed. This way, there will be no contract risk if the conditional finance is approved or if it’s a cash sale.