What does a pest inspection consist of?

What does a pest inspection consist of?

The Standard

Pest inspections are guided by Australian Standard 4349.3-2010 Inspection of buildings Part 3: Timber Pest Inspections.

This standard covers the inspection for timber pest that damage timber including subterranean termites, wood-boring insects, and fungal decay (rot).

Drywood termites and mould are not required to be reported on under this standard.

The Inspection

The inspector will undertake a visual and ‘limited invasive’ inspection of the property. Your inspector will use sounding tools, moisture meters, radar technology and thermal monitoring to make an assessment on 4 key areas –

  • The evidence of presence of timber pests
  • The evidence of damage caused by timber pests
  • Elements of the building susceptible to timber pests
  • Recommendations for further investigations

A Venatic report will provide a clear explanation of what the inspector looked for in terms of fungal decay, wood-boring insects and subterranean termites. Your report will also provide detailed explanations of the characteristics of the specific timber pests found (if any) and their impact on the home.

Your inspector will also investigate and report on any damage caused by timber pests including –

  • Decaying timbers (shrunken timbers, stringy and cubical rot)
  • Termite damaged timbers (misshapen or collapsed timbers)
  • Borer damaged timbers (holes and portions of timber missing).

Throughout the inspection, your inspector will note conditions which may make the home more conducive to timber pest attack. This includes (but not limited to) –

  • Heightened levels of moisture in building elements
  • Inadequate drainage around the home
  • Inadequate ventilation
  • Plumbing leaks
  • Untreated timber landscaping materials.

After your inspection

After the inspection, your inspector will make an assessment on the home’s overall susceptibility to timber pests. Based on this assessment, your inspector will also provide a recommendation for further inspections. AS 3600.2 recommends a routine inspection at least annually for the purposes of termite management, however, your inspector may deem more regular inspections are necessary based on a high level of susceptibility to timber pest attack. You inspector may also recommend a more invasive inspection to determine the extent of damage or suspected infestation.

What does a building inspection consist of?

The Standard

Australian Standard 4349.1-2007 Inspection of buildings Part 1: Pre-purchase inspections – Residential buildings. This is the Australian Standard which dictates what a Pre-Purchase Building Inspection and report must consist of.

The general scope of a pre-purchase inspection as per the standard is a “visual assessment of the property”. Inspectors must identify major defects to form an opinion of the condition of the property at the time of inspection.

Where will your building inspector inspect?

The inspector will inspect of all of the following areas if they are accessible  –

  • The site (any paths, driveways, fencing, sheds, carports within 30m of the home)
  • The subfloor (stumps, bearers, joists, flooring where accessible)
  • The exterior of the home (walls, doors, windows etc)
  • The exterior of the roof (roofing material, facia, gutters, downpipes, eaves etc)
  • The interior of the home (walls, ceilings, doors, windows, wet areas etc)
  • The roof space (structure, modifications, insulation etc)

What does a pre-purchase building inspection report include?

Reports must identify and describe any major defects and safety hazards observed during the inspection. Venatic use interactive online reports which allow our clients to view photos and videos of major defects and safety hazards. Reports also include links to further information to help our clients better understand the impact of defects on the home.

The standard does not require descriptions of all minor defects and imperfections observed on the property. The report will describe the overall extent of minor defects which reflect the overall condition of the home. Venatic reports include photos and descriptions of minor defects that are representative of the condition of the home. This is to assist in describing the overall condition of the home at the time of inspection.

Where applicable, the report will provide recommendations for further inspections from a specialist inspector such as an electrician or plumber. Venatic reports will also provide information to assist you in finding appropriately qualified tradespeople.

Your pre-purchase building inspection will not include –

  • Recommendations to engage contractors to assess, quote and rectify any major defects in the home will be included in your report. It is not in the scope of your report to provide quotes or estimates for rectification work.
  • Permits – Your building inspection may make comment on additions or alterations to the home or property. It is beyond the scope of the building inspection to obtain records for building permits. You can find more information on building permits on our blog.
When to arrange your inspection

When do I need to arrange a Building and Pest Inspection?

It is important to arrange your Building and Pest Inspections early in the purchasing process. This will allow time to consider the findings of the report and make further enquiries and negotiations if necessary.

When do I need to arrange a Building and Pest Inspection?

There are 3 key times you should consider engaging a building and pest inspector –

  • During the cooling-off period after signing the property contract,
  • During an agreed upon inspection period if your contract is subject to a satisfactory building and pest inspection, or
  • Prior to selling your home

Building and Pest Inspections During a Cooling-Off Period

There is a cooling off period of 3 clear business days from the date you sign contracts when purchasing a home in a private sale in Victoria.

Although this gives you a small window to arrange a building and pest inspection, let the team at Venatic know your intentions to utilise this cooling off period and we will make every effort to have your inspection scheduled accordingly. Venatic guarantee you will receive your report report within 24 hours of inspection, often on the day of inspection.

You shall receive a full refund of any money paid less $100 or 0.2% of the purchase price if you decide to pull out of the contract in this period.

Contract Subject to Satisfactory Building and Pest Inspection

Before you sign your contract, ensure it is subject to a satisfactory building and pest inspection. You may renegotiate or pull out of your contract if you are unsatisfied with the findings of your report.

The cooling-off period only allows a very short period of time to obtain and assess a report. Ensure the contract allows a 14-day inspection timeframe to allow time to obtain your report, follow up with any quotes for issues which may arise from the report and consider if re-negotiation of the property price or even pulling out of the contract is appropriate. In this instance, it is a good idea to work closely with your conveyancer.

Building and Pest Inspection Prior to Selling

Building and pest inspections are not only beneficial when purchasing a home. When selling your investment, it is beneficial to be proactive and arrange a pre-sale building and pest inspection.

A Venatic Pre-Sale Building and Pest Inspection will follow the same format as a pre-purchase inspection. This will give you as a seller insight on what prospective purchasers may come across and give the opportunity to rectify any issues before putting your home on the market. A positive building and pest inspection report makes great marketing material for your home, providing potential purchasers more confidence in placing an offer.


Do I need a Building and Pest Inspection in gippsland

Do I need a Building and Pest Inspection?

We may be a little biased, but absolutely! A Building and Pest Inspection provides peace of mind in what is the largest investment you will make. That is, at least until you purchase your next home. A building and pest inspection can identify major defects in the home that you will inherit when purchasing the property. When overlooked, these defects could cost thousands of dollars to rectify. 

The journey of purchasing a property is often an emotional process. Thing such as being in what we consider a desirable neighbourhood or having a great outlook can cloud our judgement on the overall condition of the home.

The emotional nature of the property buying process means that issues with the home are often overlooked. When viewing homes, we are looking at how our family is going to function in the spaces the home has to offer. It’s not likely that we crawl amongst the spider webs in the sub floor to assess the homes foundations or jump up through an access hole in the ceiling to have a look through the roof space for an inadequately supported hanging beam. 

Hiring an experienced professional to provide a report on the health of your prospective home provides you confidence. You can be sure that you are informed on any defects in the home which need to be addressed. This gives you the knowledge to make a confident decision on your property purchase.

The Venatic Difference

A Venatic report takes a pragmatic approach to reporting defects to ensure our clients fully understand the defect and its implications on the health the home. Our reports include images, videos, links to more in-depth information and recommendations for finding appropriately qualified tradespeople to further assess and rectify the defects. Venatic strive to alleviate any anxiety our clients may have in relation to defects found in the home. We provide real, actionable advice for each defect so you can move into the property you love on with confidence. 

Venatic provides building and pest inspections throughout Gippsland and surrounding areas. We focus on providing support to clients to make an informed decision on their property investments. Reports include practical advice on how to maintain and protect the health of their investment for the long term.

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