Pre-Purcase Pest Inspections Perth
If you are looking to purchase a property, you need a pre-purchase timber pest inspection.
This inspection is designed to detect the presence of timber pests (termites, borers and wood decay), whether there is any timber pest damage present and highlight any conditions / construction issues that will make a timber pest problem more likely in the future.
This information is important for potential buyers in who want a report in accordance with the Australian Standard 4349.3, to ensure their contractual rights are met.
All our timber pest inspections are carried out in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.3 and will determine:
- The level of any termite activity
- The level of any borer activity
- The presence and extent of wood decay activity.
- The amount of any damage present caused by termites, borers or wood decay
- Whether are any conditions conducive to timber pest attack
- We inspect all buildings, structures and attachments within the property boundaries.
- Full inspection of every room.
- Complete inspection of roof void area.
- Subfloor areas (if present)
- Inspect timber fences, decks, pergolas, outbuildings, trees and landscape timbers in a 30m radius of the main building (within the property boundaries)
Note: Areas listed above must be accessible and relevant to property.
A pre-purchase timber pest inspection is a visual inspection only. We are not allowed to move any items (which may be blocking access / inspection or damage any elements (for example by probing). If we cannot access an area or recommended requesting an invasive inspection investigate, we will note this in the report.
What information is in the termite inspection report?
We will discuss any findings with you directly, but the key output is a comprehensive written report with photos detailing:
- Any visual evidence of current timber pest activity (location and extent)
- The extent and location of any timber pest damage
- Any construction issues and environmental conditions that make your property more likely to suffer an attack from one or more of the timber pests
- A summary of the risk of ongoing and future damage to your property
- Recommendations for solving construction and environmental issues to make the property less likely to suffer timber pest attack
- Report on any pre-existing termite management systems in place and make recommendations to ensure its effectiveness, whilst educating you on the maintenance requirements
- Recommendations for a termite management plan to eliminate any current infestation and aid in reducing any risk of future infestations
More Information on Timber Pests
- The chances of a house being attacked by termites is high – CSIRO estimate that 1 in 5 new homes will be attacked within the first 5 years.
- Termite activity can remain hidden for a long time, often only becoming visible when significant damage has been done.
- Termites are subterranean (live underground) only coming above ground to feed. Their nest could be up to 100m away from your home.
- Repair bills are often greater than $10,000 and sometimes it can be so bad the house needs to be demolished.
- Expert inspectors can pick up the hidden and subtle signs of termite activity.
- If the home has active termites or termite damage, you need to know! It’s your contractual right.
- There are a number of beetles / borers that attack wood. With different species attacking different types of wood and cause differing levels of damage.
- The adult beetles lay eggs in the wood, sometime before it is used in constructing the home. It is the larva that emerge that do all the damage.
- Some borers causes significant damage and structural failure of timbers.
- Treatment of effected timbers is generally not feasible / possible. The best option is to replace the effected timber.
- Although less common than termite damage or wood decay, borer damage can require significant costs to rectify and is probably the timber pest that is most commonly missed by less experienced inspectors.
- Of the three type of timber pests (termites, borers and wood decay), wood decay is the most common.
- It is quite likely to observed at least a small amount of wood decay in most homes (eg. a bit of rot in the eaves under a leaking gutter), but in some homes it can be quite extensive and when it is in structural timbers it can be quite costly to fix.
- As wood decay / fungal growth only occurs when there is high levels of moisture, the presence of decay indicates that there is either some environmental issue (drainage) or building issue (eg. roof leak) that needs fixing.