Frequently Asked Questions
Who arranges my building and pest inspection?
We will liaise with the current tenants, agents or sellers to arrange for access to the property.
Is a building and pest inspections always necessary?
For a relatively small investment of a few hundred dollars, a combined building and pest inspection can give you complete peace of mind that the property you’re buying is structurally sound and free of potentially damaging pests. It can also help you negotiate the sale price if there are costly repairs that need to be done. As a seller, an inspection can also give you confidence that the house you’re selling is of a good condition and you won’t get any surprises when the buyer gets their own inspection done.
How many inspectors will be inspecting the house?
At PCT we have one inspector that does both inspections. We are a family owned and run business and our inspector does all inspections to ensure quality inspections and report each and every time.
Do you inspect the roof void?
Yes. If your roof void is easily accessible and safe to access then we will inspect it. If the inspector deems that the roof void is unsafe to enter, then they will do all that they can to inspect it by other means. This may involve a visual inspection from the manhole or an exterior roof inspection. The report will clearly outline how the roof void was inspected and if there were any impediments.
If I have a concrete slab, do I still need a timber pest inspection?
Yes. This is important as there is no sub floor for the inspector to assess due to the concrete being on the ground. Termites only need very small gaps in the concrete to gain access to timber structure (e.g. gaps around pipes, electrical cables, through covered weep holes etc).
I have a steel framed house, do I still need a building and pest inspection?
Yes. Steel framed houses still contain a number of elements which are made of timber such as doors, cabinets, window frames etc which are all prone to termite infestations. Also, the building inspection itself can reveal if there are any structural elements to the house that are unsatisfactory.
How long does the inspection take?
On average, a combined building and pest inspection will take between 60 and 90 minutes to complete. This depends largely on the size of the house, any difficulties during the inspection and sometimes if the house is older, this may take longer to inspect.
Do you use thermal imaging/infrared cameras?
Yes, our inspector will use thermal imaging. This will show up things that are not perceptible to the human eye such as a water leak or a termite infestation.
How can I obtain a building and pest inspection quote?
Please contact us on 0407752477.
When do I get my building inspection report?
You will get your building inspection report within 24 hours of the inspection.