The importance of pre purchase building and pest inspection report

Knowing as much as you can about the condition of the property before you buy will help you avoid problems and extra costs down the track. The best way of doing this is to get a pre–purchase property inspection report – commonly known as a building inspection. The following information explains what you need to know about building inspections.

What is a pre-purchase building and pest inspection report?

It’s one of the different types of building inspection reports you can get done. As the name says, this building inspection report is the one you get before you buy a property. Sometimes referred to as a ‘standard property report’, a pre–purchase property inspection report is a written account of the condition of a property. It will tell you about any significant building defects or problems such as rising damp, movement in the walls (cracking), safety hazards or a faulty roof to name a few. It is usually carried out before you exchange sale contracts so you can identify any problems with the property which, if left unchecked, could prove costly to repair. Throughout this web page we will refer to the report as a ‘building inspection report’.

Note: A building inspection report is different to a ‘pest inspection report’. While a building inspection report should identify any visual damage that may have been caused by termites, it usually won’t include the existence of termites or other timber destroying pests. It can be advisable to get a separate pest inspection report done before you buy a property.

Why do I need one?

There are three good reasons why you should get a building and pest inspection pre-purchase report done:

  1. so you will know in advance what the problems are
  2. so you can use the information to try and negotiate a lower price for the property i.e. you may have to pay to repair some of the problems
  3. so you can get specialist advice about any major problems and how they will affect the property over time.

Of course, the building inspection report will be one of many things you will need to consider before buying a property.

Functioning and importance of a Termite barrier system

How do they work?

Termite chemical barriers or treated zones (using liquid termiticides – termite chemicals) provide a replenishable force field around your property. Treated zones stop subterranean termites gaining concealed access into your property. There are basically 2 major groups of termiticides to choose from in the market today. It is really important that you select the best termite chemical for you needs.

Why is a termite chemical barrier system important?

Proactive precaution is the best form of defense against the attack of subterranean termites. It’s a lot more expensive to repair damage later than to properly protect yourself in the first place.

How is it done?

This option involves treating soil around the entire structure to provide a zone that will kill any termites that enter the treated soil. Depending on the termite chemical (termiticide) used; the chemical soil barrier (treated zone) can also affect / eliminate the entire termite colony.

Treating open soil and garden areas involves a process called Trench, Treat, Backfill, (digging up the soil down to the footings and around piers/stumps, treating the soil and backfilling).

Treating soil under pavers will require the pavers to be lifted.

Treating soil under concrete and tiles can be performed using 2 different methods:

Drill & Inject

Cutting and Re-capping

Drill and Inject

This method involves drilling holes every 150mm-200mm apart through the concrete/tiles and injecting a quantity of termiticide in each hole. The holes are resealed. This method is not as effective as cutting and re-capping since the soil being treated in unseen.

Cutting and Re-Capping:

This method involves cutting the concrete along the perimeter of the structure and then treating the soil using the Trench, Treat, Backfill method. The concrete can be re-capped using new concrete or pavers (to make it easier for future treatments).

If the soil is not of a good enough quality to hold the termiticide, soil replacement may be necessary. This option is designed to provide a much higher level of protection against future termite attack.

What else should I know?

Installation of the termite chemical soil barrier system may involve some property alterations (e.g. moving hot water systems and air conditions systems temporarily, drilling, cutting/removal of concrete etc). This will vary according to the unique property situations. Treated Zones need to periodically replenish. We can arrange systems that make this easy to do in the future.