Pre Purchase Building and Pest Inspection

Prepurchase Building and Pest Inspection Albury Wodonga

A combined Building and Pest Inspection in Albury Wodonga is our most comprehensive inspection service and is STRONGLY recommended for all property purchases as it covers both building defects and timber pests.

You may not think that Timber pests are a problem in your area. Think again. It is estimated that one in five homes in this area has had some form of termite damage. DONT become the one in five. Call us now to help you protect your most valuable investment.

All homes contain timber elements in their construction and are at HIGH risk of termite attack. Timber pests include, Termites, Wood Decay / Fungi and Wood Borers. They can weaken timber structures such as roof frames, wall and floor frames, decks handrails, external steps and timber retaining walls.

 

DURING A BUILDING AND PEST INSPECTION, THE AREA WE CHECK ARE:

  • Roof exterior
  • Roof interior
  • Building Exterior
  • Subfloor
  • Building Interior
  • Site including outbuildings, such as a garage, granny flat or shed.

 

 

DURING A BUILDING AND PEST INSPECTION WE LOOK FOR MAJOR BUILDING DEFECTS SUCH AS:

  • Leaking roofs or damaged roof plumbing
  • Structural cracks or timber framing inadequacies
  • Leaking showers or baths / wet areas
  • Damp issues such as rising damp or penetrating moisture
  • Poor external drainage or storm water concerns
  • Main structural elements
  • Potential safety hazards
  • Potential fire hazards due to construction / maintenance issues

 

DURING A BUILDING AND PEST INSPECTION, WE LOOK FOR:

  • Termites or evidence of past termite activity
  • Evidence of any past termite treatment or damage
  • Timber borers or evidence of any damage
  • Wood rot (decay) and potential safety hazards

We also report on any conditions that may be conducive to Termite attack or conditions that may cause wood rot. This will assist you in maintaining a Timber Pest free home.

 

What’s in a Building Inspection Report

Building Inspection Specialists ensure that your report contains the complete details on our inspection. Below is what we include in all our reports:

Internal / Interior Building

  • Doors and Frames
    Binding doors, defective door hardware, corroded or decaying frames, damage, out of square frames, badly fitting doors.
  • Ceilings
    Sagging, cracking, defective lining, nails popping, lath and plaster damage, fibrous plaster scrimming/grouting/strapping, dampness & damp damage.
  • Timber & Concrete floors
    Damage, decay, out of level, dampness & damp damage, floor movement such as spring & bounce, cracking, surface damage.
  • Walls
    Cracking, bulging, defective lining, dampness & damp damage, distortion, drummy plaster, nails popping.
  • Kitchen
    Bench top, cupboards, sinks & taps, tiles, sealants to wet areas, leaking plumbing.
  • Timber & Metal Framed Windows
    Putty, cracked glass, sash operation, fittings and hardware, water staining, decaying frames and sashes, glazing seals, water staining and corrosion.
  • Bathrooms & W.C
    Cistern & pan, bidet, taps, tiles, bath, shower, vanity, washbasin, ventilation.
  • Laundry
    Taps, tubs/cabinet, tiles, ventilation.
  • Stairs
    Stringer, handrails/balusters, newel posts, treads & risers.

 

Exterior of the Building

Examples of inspection considerations include: Structural integrity, state of damp proof course and flashings, cracking, dry rot etc..

  • Timber or Steel frames and Structures
    Structural integrity, etc.
  • Walls
    Lintels, external cladding, doors & windows.
  • Chimneys
    Flashings, verticality, deterioration.
  • Stairs
    Structural integrity, safety issues.
  • Balconies, Verandas, Patios, Decks, Suspended Concrete Floors, Balustrades
    Structural integrity.

 

Roof Exterior

Examples of inspection considerations include: Cracked & broken items, loose items, decay, corrosion, etc.
Roof Tiles, Roof Iron, Flashings, Skylights, Vents & Flues, Valley Gutters, Gutters, Downpipes, Eaves, Fascias and Barges – missing

  • Roof Space
    Items that are uncovered during inspection include: Physical damage, deterioration, inappropriate modification, structural integrity, electrical wiring. Approximately 40% of major structural defects we record are found in the roof space.
  • Roof Framing
    Cracked struts, missing bracing, bowed under purlins, etc.
  • Roof Covering
    Cracked tiles, loose or cracked roof mortar, leaking flashings, etc.
  • Sarking & Insulation

 

Sub-Floor Space

Examples of inspection considerations include: Deflection of bearers or joists, cracking, spalling or rusting to concrete stumps, structural integrity of masonry piers, rising damp and dry rot to timber stumps, plumbing leaks, electrical wiring, moisture levels, etc.. Approximately 70% of major structural defects we record are found in the sub-floor space.

  • Timber floor
    Supports, underside of floor, ventilation, drainage etc.
  • Suspended concrete floors
    Concrete cancer, general deterioration.
  • Floor structure
    Floor bearers and joists, stumps, masonry piers, plumbing, electrical, termites and wood borer, bracing requirements, etc.

 

The Site

  • Car Accommodation, Detached Laundry, Facilities & Garden Sheds
    Inspection areas include those described above for a primary residence.
  • Retaining Walls
    Structural integrity.
  • Paths, Driveways & Steps
    Subsidence, integrity, trip hazard.
  • Fencing
    General and Swimming Pool Fencing – Inappropriate loading.
  • Surface Water
    Drainage effectiveness.

Building and Pest Inspections Albury Wodonga, Pre purchase Building Inspections Albury Wodonga, Pest Inspections Albury Wodonga, Pre purchase Pest Inspections Albury Wodonga – this is our primary area of focus although we cover most areas in the riverina. 

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