Things to do before you purchase – Part 2 - The Pest Inspection

Posted on 11 March 2013

In the first of this series we discussed the peace of mind having a Building Inspection gives to ensure that the property you are buying is sound or at least, you are informed of potential problems.

In this blog we look at the Pest Inspection. A Building Inspection will often go hand in hand with a Pest Inspection. Building inspections do not cover the activity of termites or other timber destroying pests. Even if the property is not located near a known problem area, you could be purchasing a home already infested with termites without being able to see evidence of them already at work on the property.

Arranging a pest inspection, like organising a Building inspection, will need to be organised as soon as possible. Pest inspectors do not necessarily need to be licensed so ensure you choose a reputable organisation who are covered by professional indemnity insurance.

A pest inspection meeting Australian Standard 4349.3, is non-invasive and will focus on damage to timber caused by pests, current and historic, including termites and borers. Fungal evidence will also be recorded. Areas difficult to access for inspection will also be noted. This may relate to the roof or sup-floor cavities.

Should you receive a pest report which highlights problems with the property, use it wisely. If the problems are minor or can be fixed without major cost, use the report to negotiate a lower price, taking the repair costs into consideration. Or, if the report highlights major problems, consider withdrawing from the purchase.