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If you are considering purchasing a new home or property, it's important to undertake a pest inspection so that wood-destroying pests such as termites are identified. Read on for more information about pest inspections:

Why You Should Get a Pest Inspection

  • Termites can cause considerable damage to a property if left untreated (also see pest inspections - termites)
  • Timber damage caused by pests can reduce the value of your property
  • Most household insurance policies do not cover termite damage
  • A building inspection report does not include the detection of termites or other wood-destroying pests (also see pre-purchase property pest inspections).
  • Thermal imaging can help detect any pest damage that is missed by the naked eye, and map out termite activity behind the walls (also see pest inspections - thermal imaging).

What's Included in a Pest Inspection

A building pest inspection includes a general pest inspection report. The aim of the report is to:

  • Identify any termite or borer activity
  • Assess past and present damage done by these pests
  • Identify active termites
  • Recommend ways to rectify any problems
  • Provide advice on the environmental condition of your home
  • Provide information about the damage a particular pest can cause
  • Advise on how to control termites in the future (also see termites pest control)

A pest inspection will also identify other pests that may cause problems in and around the property including:

Choosing a Pest Inspection Company

Pest inspections are generally carried out by pest inspectors, who will then generate a report outlining the condition of the property and whether insects are currently present or have been in the past. The pest inspector should give you a quote before the inspection begins.

It's a good idea to shop around for a pest inspector, as costs can vary depending on the level of inspection you require. Choose a building pest inspection company in your local area, as they will be able to provide knowledge about local pests and other considerations in your area. The pest inspector should provide a pest report, detailing the location of pests, the severity of the damage and recommendations for rectifying the problem. The inspection should comply with Australian Standard 4349.3 - 1998. Check with your local authority's building surveyor to see if an updated standard is available.  

Once you move into the property, it's advisable to have a pest inspection carried out at regular intervals. Aim to have an inspection conducted annually, or every three to six months if you live in a high-risk area.

How Much Does a Pest Inspection Cost?

The cost of a pest inspection will be determined by the size of your property and based on an average hourly rate of $100 - so the larger your property the more expensive it will typically be. Some inspections will come with a structural guarantee on a report of up to 12 months, which offers greater peace of mind.

For more information about pest inspections, read our article on Pest Inspection Reports.

 

 

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