Pre-purchase pest inspection
When purchasing a new home you want confidence that the pre-purchase pest inspection will be accurate, concise, informative and most importantly understandable.
All homes contain timber elements in their construction and are at HIGH RISK of termite attack. Timber pests include Termites, Wood Decay Fungi (Wood rot) and Wood Borers. They can weaken timber structures such as roof frames, wall and floor frames, decks, handrails, external steps and timber retaining walls.
What is a pest inspection and what does it include?
- A full written report, including colour photos, outlining conducive areas, high risk areas, poor method of construction, and evidence of previous treatments.
- Detection of inactive termite workings and damage and the extent of damage in accessible timbers.
- Detection of active termites and the extent of damage in accessible areas.
- Gives you a clear picture of the degree of risk of a termite infestation.
- Provides advice on reducing the risk of termites in your building.
- We gather information on what potential problems there are so that we can accurately quote you on a termite control programme and utilise appropriate methods to protect the building from termites.
Most importantly, educates you about termites in relation to the potential purchase of your new home.
Termite inspection reports
Termite inspections should be carried out to one of the two Australian standards which give guidelines on what should be inspected, what tools are required, and what experience and qualifications an inspector should possess. The applicable Australian standards are AS4349.3 and AS 3660.2
An inspection by 4 Seasons Pest Services will always be accompanied by a report which will detail all findings and recommendations. It will also contain any recommendations for ongoing management.We will carry out a thorough, comprehensive termite inspection to your property including, interior, exterior, roof void, subfloor, garage, outbuildings, fences, grounds, trees, stumps, stored timbers, retaining walls, cubby houses and any other structures in and around your property.
Areas of the home that we inspect during a pre-purchase pest report or a termite inspection report
- subfloor areas such as foundation walls, piers, behind plumbing pipes, air conditioning / heat ducts, under loose timbers, builder’s debris, and stored materials, we visually inspect and test timber members, such as bottom wall plates, base plates, bearers, joists and the underside of flooring, and all other timbers especially those close to plumbing and drains and all timber members in contact with soil, such as stumps, posts and formwork, or any other cellulose containing material.
- soil around piers and foundation walls, noting the existence and condition of termite shields.
- electrical junction boxes and conduit for evidence of subterranean termite mud-packing or shelter tubes.
- other susceptible areas to the property.
Interior of dwelling and other structures of the property
- interior walls, ceilings, partitioning, stairways, flooring, skirting boards, cupboards, and timbers around windows and doors.
- plumbing and around pipe penetrations through slab-on-ground construction, and test all timbers adjacent to plumbing or plumbing fixtures.
- fireplaces from floor to ceiling. Masonry absorbs moisture and fireplaces often contain voids for subterranean termite nests, visually inspect and test any other susceptible areas or timber and slab-on-ground floors.
Roof void areas
- timber roof truss members / roof framing, including rafters and ceiling joists etc.
- timber members adjacent to the fireplace chimney, noting evidence of excessive moisture around the chimney flashing.
- top wall plates and accessible roof/wall juncture (eaves) timbers.
- roof lining, around air conditioning units and water heaters.
- other susceptible areas or timber, and all accessible areas.
Exterior of dwelling and structures of the property
- Eaves, window/door frames and exterior walls, noting obstruction of ventilators or “weep holes” and signs of activity or excessive moisture such as defective drainage, plugged or damaged gutters and inadequate moisture sealing.
- Slab edges including any cracks and expansion joints, noting evidence of insufficient slab edge exposure.
- Timber members that rest on or extend into concrete or soil such as support posts on decks.
- Paths and driveways abutting the building.
- Stairways, decks, handrails, and external joinery in general.
- Rafters, such as carport or garage that protrude from the roof/eave area.
- Landscaping timbers, fences, logs, pool surrounds including pool pump housing, garden boxes or tubs, fire wood, paving blocks, and sleepers, trees and stumps, noting any details of termite nests found, and test any other susceptible areas or timber.