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The Basin Building and Pest Inspections

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

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Based on 158 reviews

Our Reviews

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.
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Why are Building and Pest Inspection The Basin different from the rest?

Guaranteed service within 3 business days!

We ensure that your building and pest inspection report will be received within a maximum of 3 business days from when you book.

Comprehensive same day report

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 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.

Detailed oriented inspections

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.

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.

We are on your side & we are here to help you!

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.

Step 1

What happens when I make a booking?

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 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
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Comprehensive Pre Purchase Building 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

Declared Termite Areas Melbourne

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

The Regulations require all new buildings, including alterations and extensions, built within designated termite-infested areas, to have management against termite attack.

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.

Conditions Favourable 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 The Basin 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.

termite detection tool

The Top 5 Reasons You Should 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.
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How Does a Building and Pest Inspection Affect a Contract of Sale?

When you buy a home, a Building and Pest clause should be in place as a condition of the contract. This clause enables you to employ a qualified building and pest inspector to generate a report within a time period and avoid purchasing a property with significant building defects or termite infestation. 

With standard contracts you also have a three day cooling off period. At Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne we guarantee that your report will be completed within three days of booking your inspection, so reach out to us as soon as your offer is accepted by the vendor.

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

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.

Sample Report
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