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Sunshine West Building and Pest Inspections

Considering purchasing a property in Sunshine West? 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:

  • Our great customer service and our fast turnaround to meet your timeline.
  • We take time to answer your questions and explain our findings to you.
  • Our detailed reports are emailed to you the same day as the inspection.

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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Over 100 5 Star Reviews

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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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.

We take time to explain our findings

We follow up with a straightforward breakdown of the findings from your inspection report to ensure you understand what was 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.

Reasonable prices

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

Recommended by property professionals

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

Valuable 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.

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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

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’

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 Conducive to Termite Attack

For many property owners, termites are their worst nightmare. They can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage and decrease the value of your property.

One of the most common species of termites that causes major damage in the Sunshine West area is Coptotermes. This species can search for food for up to 50 metres from their nest and are attracted to wet timber.

Coptotermes can be found nesting at the base of trees, but have also been known to build nests in sub-floors or other areas that have poor ventilation or drainage.

To help a termite inspector locate possible termite infestation, it’s important to remove any obstructions surrounding the sub-floor, slab edge or weep holes. It’s also important to remove any vegetation before the inspection. The inspector will inspect the full exterior and interior perimeters of your property for any termites crawling up stumps, external walls or over the edge of the slab into weep holes.

Building and Pest inspectors can also locate termites using more non-invasive techniques. These include our moisture meter and Termatrac with thermal radar. If a damp area in your property is identified, we use the Termatrac to find out if there are termites present inside the walls.

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

  • Our pre-purchase Building and Pest inspections can identify any defects with the property before you sign the contract. 
  • From leaking taps, to more serious problems such as major structural damage and termite infestation, our thorough inspection reports will identify defects big and small.
  • If the report results aren’t satisfactory, you may have the option to withdraw from the contract. 
  • If a number of problems are found with the property, you don’t have to cancel the contract. The seller may agree to lower the purchase price or even decide to remedy the defects before settlement. 
  • Our client’s are often able to negotiate the purchase price after they receive our Building and Pest inspection report.
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What Does it Mean When a Contract is Subject to a Building and Pest Inspection?

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.

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Should I get a Building and Pest report before an auction or before signing the contract?

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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