What is a pre-purchase pest inspection?
The process involves a thorough visual inspection of the interior and exterior of your property for active termites, evidence of termites and timber pest damage. Pest inspections can also be conducted by a seller of a property, in order to help them price the house and be aware of the state of the home before selling.
Our inspections are done in accordance with the Australian Standards 4349 series. At Pest Aid, our termite inspectors are equipped with state of the art termite and moisture detection technology, so rest assured the inspection will be thorough.
Upon completion of the termite and building inspection, a digital report with photos and all findings and recommendations will be emailed to you in a timely manner, enabling you to make an informed decision on your purchase.
The pest inspector should also tell you:
- If any termite management system has been used on the home and where you can find the system
- If the property is in an area at risk of termites
Signs of a termite problem
When a pre-purchase inspection is done on the property, the pest expert will look for the following termite signs:
- Visible termites (white ants)
- Hollow-sounding or papery timber (which indicates the timber has been eaten away)
- Tunnels in wood
- Termite droppings
- Mud leads or shelter tubes
- Damaged floors, walls or ceiling
What if there are termites?
If there are signs of termites at the property, you have a few options as the potential buyer:
- You don’t purchase the property
- You negotiate with the seller to have a pest control expert install a termite management system
- If there is a system already in place, you need to ensure you regularly get termite inspections and watch for signs of termites