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Building And Pest Inspection Ipswich

Building And Pest Inspection Ipswich

Whether you are an experienced property investor or just starting out in the property market, one thing you should never skip is a building and pest inspection. Arranging a building and pest inspection in Ipswich before purchasing a property is made easy with the professional services provided by A1 Building and Pest Consultancy.

Our team is highly skilled and exceptionally qualified to deliver building and pest inspections in Ipswich. Unlike our direct competitors, we offer inspections handled by building and pest inspectors qualified as either architectural engineers or civil engineers. The advanced knowledge and experience provided by these qualifications enable us to generate detailed inspection reports that arm potential buyers with essential knowledge.

For building and pest reports that allow you to make informed decisions based on unbiased opinion and technical expertise, call A1 Building and Pest Consultancy. 

Why Arrange a Building and Pest Inspection?

There are a few reasons why a potential buyer or homeowner should pursue a building and pest inspection in Ipswich. The most important reason is of course to determine whether there are any risks associated with the property.

As the existing property owner, you may wish to have a building and pest inspection done before sale to allow you to correct anything that may impact your sale price.

Arranging this inspection report to accompany your contract of sale can also speed up the sales process.

As an interested buyer, a pre-purchase building and pest inspection can deliver key insights about the property or information regarding areas of concern. Should significant damage or evidence of pests such as termites be found, our building inspection report may save you from purchasing a home riddled with issues.

 

A combined pre-purchase building and pest inspection can allow opportunities to: 

  • Identify in advance what potential issues a property has. 
  • Negotiate a better price for a property by taking into account required repair costs and using this as leverage. 
  • Pursue advice from other experts on how any issues may impact the property in the future and what the associated risks are. 
  • Organise more in-depth termite inspections or timber pest inspections if needed.

What Does A Building Inspector Do?

As specially trained industry professionals, a building inspectors role is to review the soundness of a building or construction project. They will identify any structural concerns or defects that need attention.

As there are often contractual specifics on new homes and building codes a property must adhere to, an inspector will also ensure these conditions are met. A building inspector will never make guarantees regarding the structural soundness of a building. In their role as qualified inspectors, they are only there to identify defects and report these observations.

This ensures that you are in possession of all the facts and can walk away from a property if necessary before you are too involved. Investing in purchase building and pest reporting saves you time, money and stress in the long run.

In short, a pest and building inspection can support you to:

Gain advanced insights into potential issues a property may have or has had in the past

Negotiate a better price for a property by leveraging the required repair costs against the requested sale price.

Seek out professional advice on how any issues could impact the property in the future and outline what the risks are should you proceed.

What Does A Building And Pest Inspection In Ipswich Look Like?

On arrival at the property, a comprehensive visual inspection will be carried out to identify areas of concern, such as structural damage, that needs a closer look. You can expect the interior and exterior of the building, the roof space, under-floor space and roof exterior to be reviewed during a building inspection.  

During the pre-purchase inspection they will check:

  • The ease with which all doors and windows open 
  • That all built-in cabinets open and close properly  
  • For the presence of smoke alarms (visual inspection only) 
  • For signs active water leaks  
  • For signs of rising damp and mould, including areas where this may have been painted over in efforts to disguise it 
  • That floors, walls and ceilings are both safe and level – any warps, bulges or sagging will be noted 
  • Retaining walls 
  • Foundations 
  • Exterior walls, marking any cracking or subsidence  
  • Major safety hazards such as staircases, flooring (slip hazards) and balustrades  
  • The roof frame, roofing, guttering, and drainpipes for damage or evidence of leaks
  • The underfloor or beneath the property for proper ventilation and drainage  

Things We Do Not Inspect During A Building Pest Inspection:

  • For the presence of asbestos 
  • The hot water System age and whether there are signs of rust or leaks 
  • Swimming pools (pool safety inspections can be carried out upon request) 
  • Air conditioning units or compressors for functionality 
  • Taps and under sink plumbing for leaks, rust, or damage  
  • Gas fittings 
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Whether there are functioning smoke alarms 
  • The presence of drug residues such as that found in meth testing 
  • That toilets are operational and without fault 
  • Appliances
Sample Defects & Safety Requirements

A building and pest inspection in Ipswich will not address non-structural defects in the reporting such as those listed above. We highly recommend the buyer review these things in person during a walkthrough inspection prior to handover.

What Does A Pest Inspector Do?

Similar to a building inspector, a pest inspector will review the same areas of a property but through a different lens. Timber floors, walls, window and door frames, doors, cabinets, crawl spaces, roof frames, eaves, and foundations will all be assessed for signs of timber pests.

Even the most well-hidden termites are no match for our Ipswich inspectors. Our use of the latest technology and years of experience means you can have absolute confidence in our reporting.

To enable a more comprehensive and accurate inspection, Termatrac motion detectors, which can find termite activity inside the walls, floors, and ceiling may be used. This state-of-the-art equipment paired with a moisture meter, and/or a thermal sensor/imaging device allow us to report with greater accuracy. Should we need to investigate even further, a Boroscope camera may also be used.

What Are Pest Inspectors Looking For?

Seeking timber pests, our reporting will also list details of any issues related to current or past infestations of termites and wood borers. 

Our reporting also highlights drainage or ventilation issues that may compromise the property and leave it susceptible to future infestations. Termites thrive in damp, humid environments – our reporting creates opportunities to take preventative action.  

To identify pest infestations our experienced team members look for: 

  • Broken or damaged items and holes in timber 
  • Nests both inside and outside the property
  • Live insect activity such as flying termites or discarded wing 

What To Expect During A Comprehensive Inspection

To enable an efficient and accurate inspection, please ensure the property is tidy inside and out. Cabinets and doors should be unobstructed, access doors unlocked and bushes trimmed away from the side of the home.
Our licensed building and pest inspectors in Ipswich will work as quickly as they can to reduce disruption.  
During an inspection from one of our experienced inspectors you can expect: 

  1. An assessment and detailed notation of any structural defects.
  2. A wet areas assessment. This involves thorough checking of all bathrooms, the kitchen, and laundry for any signs of leaks or water damage.  
  3. A search for concealed termite damage or active termites. The inspector will look in roof voids, under floors, inside cupboards, and other areas that pests are commonly found. 
  4. The roof, flashing and penetration points to be checked for leaks or damage. At A1 Building and Pest, we utilise a drone to further enhance our inspection and reporting abilities. 
  5. Retaining walls or walls built into the earth (such as those on hillsides) will be checked. 

The time involved in an inspection will vary depending on the size of the property and how easily accessible key areas are. In general, we require between one and two hours on-site to adequately inspect all areas according to relevant Australian standards.


After The Inspection

A detailed building and pest report will be provided within 24 hours of the inspection or same-day reports can be arranged for urgent cases, based on capacity. Unbiased, fair and clear, our reporting contains the essential information you need. 

If at any time you wish to discuss our finding further or ask for advice, we offer appointments by phone or in-person with your Ipswich inspector.

What is a Building And Pest Inspection?

A pre-purchase building inspection is an inspection carried out by specially trained individuals to identify and report on structural or pest related issues. A professional inspection is most often requested by a potential buyer looking to determine if there are unseen concerns before signing on the dotted line.

Reporting is unbiased and concerned only with reporting the facts. It is important to note that a pest and building inspector will never make guarantees about a property. Their role is to assess the condition of a property and report on their findings based on the condition of the property on the day of the inspection.

Your pest and building inspection report will review key areas of the property that are often hidden from plain sight such as roof voids, underfloor spaces and inside cupboards. Any signs of damage from movement, water, pests or similar will be noted in detail and the property given a final rating commensurate with its age.

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The combination of a personal inspection alongside our professional services is the best way to ensure all elements of a property are checked for safety and functionality.

What Does A Pest Inspector Do?

Similar to a building inspection report, a pest inspector reviews timber floors, walls, window and door frames, doors, cabinets, crawl spaces, roof frames, eaves, and foundations. Rather than looking for structural concerns, they are expertly trained to spot evidence of pest infestations or termite damage.

 

Even the most well-hidden termite activity can often be discovered through our pest inspections Brisbane. In addition to a visual inspection, our experienced inspectors may also use advanced technology such as Termatrac motion detectors which can find live termites inside wall and floor cavities, moisture meters, and/or a thermal imaging device.

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What Are Pest Inspectors Looking For?

During an inspection, our Brisbane inspectors are looking for signs of pests and also noting any evidence of past pest problems. Not only looking for termites, our quality reports include details of any other pests such as ants, spiders, cockroaches, fleas, bed bugs and more. While the presence of these insects may not indicate an infestation or major concern, it is important to note them in any case.

 

In pre-purchase Brisbane building and pest inspections, we go a step further than your standard pest inspection. Alongside details of visible damage or presence of pests, we also note risk factors for future infestations.

 

An example of a risk factor would be pooling water, poor drainage or ventilation beneath the home. Termites thrive in damp, humid conditions so this scenario would be a prime location for an infestation to begin. This information can help you take preventative action should you proceed with a purchase and therefore hopefully avoid pest problems down the line.

 

Our highly skilled experts will look for a number of signs to identify pest infestations, either active or in the past including:

  • Evidence of rodent or possum activity (nests, dropping etc)
  • Dead pests such as cockroaches or ants inside cupboards
  • Faeces, track marks, discarded wings.
  • Pest-related odours caused by urine, droppings, discarded food waste etc.
  • Frail or damaged wood and holes in timber.
  • Nests both inside and outside the property.
  • Live insect activity such as flying termites or ant trails.

Detailed investigation

Our review includes details of whether there is a current termite management system in place or whether there are any telltale signs related to current or old termite damage. Where required, we may prescribe invasive investigation to the areas in question through the use of specialised Boroscope cameras.

 

Our combined Brisbane building pest inspection services are incredibly detailed. We work hard to pick up signs other inspectors may miss, ensuring your Brisbane property purchase is made with full disclosure of any pest-related risks.

Are Pest Inspections And Termite Inspections The Same Thing?

No, termite inspections are specifically for the purpose of checking for and identifying termite activity.

Timber pest inspections are carried out as part of a building pest inspection and go into detail regarding the presence of any pests rather than just termites. This means that any signs of rats, fleas, cockroaches, bed bugs, spiders, possums, ants and more will all be noted at the time of inspection.

Australian Standards such as AS 4349.3 outline the standard of practice for a timber pest inspection and what is expected to be reviewed during the inspection. At A1 Building and Pest Consultancy, we adhere to these standards at all times.

How Do I Prepare For A Brisbane Building And Pest Inspection?

To enable building inspections in Brisbane to be carried out in a timely and efficient manner, all doors, cabinets and access points should be readily accessible.

Taking steps to prepare your home for our attendance allows for more effective and detailed reporting whereby areas of concern can be easily identified and addressed. The time required to carry out an inspection will be greatly influenced by how accessible the areas to be inspected are.

Should a necessary area not be accessible due to clutter or an overgrown garden, this could lead to the report being incomplete. In some instances, we may be unable to accommodate the reporting at all if we deem vital areas for inspection inaccessible. Therefore, to allow us to make the best possible assessment of a property we ask that you prepare accordingly.

Indoors this will mean removing any clutter or furniture that impedes access. Outdoors, trees and shrubs should be trimmed and grass mowed.

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What To Expect During The Inspection

Our Brisbane building and pest inspectors are licensed and fully trained to carry out expert pre-purchase inspections. Our team are polite, respectful and committed to carrying out inspections as quickly and quietly as possible to minimise disruption to property owners.

The inspection will begin with a walkthrough of the property both inside and out followed by a more detailed inspection carried out via the below process:

  1. Structural defects will be noted and recorded first.
  2. Wet Areas assessments are carried out second, including bathrooms, kitchen and laundry, checking for any signs of leaks.
  3. A thorough check for concealed termite damage or active termites, including roof voids, under floors, within cupboards and other known sites where pests frequent
  4. Inspection of roofs, checking for leaking roofs including flashing and penetration points failure.
  5. Retaining wall conditions.

During our time at a property, we request that someone remain on-site, this ensures the safety of our staff and yourself while also ensuring we can gain access to any locked areas on the property.

You can expect an inspection to last between one to two hours. The exact duration of the inspection will vary dependent on the size of the property and ease of access.

These consults are booked at a minimum of 15 minutes to allow for questions and discussion in further detail if required.
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Can A Property 'Fail' An Inspection?

How Much Do Building And Pest Inspections Cost?

There are no set prices for our building and pest inspection services in Ipswich. At A1 Building and Pest Consultancy, our pricing takes into account our skill level, years of expertise and quality of reporting and will be determined based on the size of the premises being inspected.

What We Don’t Offer

  • Swimming pools.
  • Air conditioning functionality and compressors.
  • Whether there are working smoke alarms.
  • Taps or plumbing for function, leaks, rust or damage.
  • Gas fittings.

Should during the course of our building inspections in Brisbane we notice an area of concern we don’t usually report on, we may still mention it in passing. Anything that is non-structural however, is not legally required to be inspected or noted. This is why you should always carry out a visual inspection of your own and thoroughly check the areas noted above also.

 

Specific requests such as pool safety inspections can be carried out as part of our building inspection process when required.

Most importantly, a building inspector cannot make guarantees about the structural soundness of a property. Their role is to detect and alert you to defects that may or might be related to any structural movement or instability and advise accordingly.

  • That any toilets are operational and without fault.
  • The hot water system for signs of rust or leaks.
  • For the presence of asbestos.
  • Zoning regulations
  • Appliances.
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Can A Property 'Fail' An Inspection?

In short, yes, but it is more complex than simply a pass or fail as there are many major and minor defects to assess. Reasons a property may “fail” include: 

  • Structural movement such as cracks in the foundation or masonry which has caused extensive damage – damage that cannot be easily or effectively repaired without great expense.  
  • Penetrating water damage in the foundations or masonry which leaves the property vulnerable to termites or structural issues. 
  • Extensive deterioration of the structure through timber decay. Decayed weight-bearing joists, flooring, wall timbers or support pylons can leave a property hazardous and uninhabitable.  
  • Advanced infestation from timber pests such as termites which, even if remedied through treatment, leave the home too damaged to live in safely. 
  • Sagging rooflines, cracked tiles, rusted sheet metal, or rotten roof supports. Once a roof has been compromised there are often knock-on effects to many other areas of the property due to water ingress.  

The final rating of a property takes into account the condition of the property relevant to its age. For example, a 30-year-old property will not be rated in the same way a new build. 

When Will I Receive The Report?

At A1 Building and Pest Consultancy, we aim to have all reporting completed within 48 hours of the inspection. If a shorter time frame is required, talk to our team about our same day turnaround.

Our team handles the writing of all their own reports; they are never outsourced to a third party. This means you can one hundred per cent rely on the accuracy of the content and the intention behind the reporting.

Can A Property 'Fail' An Inspection?

While there is no exact pass or fail criteria for a property, there may be situations in which the pest or structural damage is considered too great. In these scenarios, a number of safety hazards are likely to have been noted and the property may be marked as unfit for habitation.

Structural damage of a property may be too great if:

  • Water damage has penetrated into the foundations or masonry and created a scenario in which the property is vulnerable to termites or other structural issues.
  • There is evidence of major structural movement or damage such as cracks in the foundation or masonry. This damage is considered a failure if it cannot be easily or effectively repaired without significant expense.
  • There is an extensive deterioration of the structure through timber decay. Decayed weight-bearing joists, flooring, wall timbers and support pylons are hazardous and make a property unsafe for habitation.
  • Sagging rooflines, cracked tiles, rusted sheet metal or rotten roof supports are discovered. Water ingress from damaged roofs often leads to a litany of other issues such as dangerous mould growth and rotten supports.
  • Advanced infestation from timber pests such as termites which, even if treated, will leave the home unsafe to live in.

How Much Does A Building And Pest Inspection In Brisbane Cost?

At A1 Building and Pest Consultancy, we have priced our building and pest inspections in Brisbane at a rate that is both affordable and commensurate with our experience and skill level. While prices will need to be tailored for some properties due to size.

How Much Do Building And Pest Inspections Cost?

There are no set prices for our building and pest inspection services in Ipswich. At A1 Building and Pest Consultancy, our pricing takes into account our skill level, years of expertise and quality of reporting and will be determined based on the size of the premises being inspected.

Our indicative pricing is as follows:

1 bedroom apartment
up to 80sqm –

From $350

2 bedroom apartment
up to 120sqm –

From $420

3 bedroom house/apartment

From $440

4 bedroom house/apartment 

From $460

5 bedroom house/apartment 

From $500

To learn how much your building and pest inspection in Ipswich may cost please speak with our team who will provide an obligation free quote via phone.

Why Work With Us?

At A1 Building and Pest Consultancy, we pride ourselves on delivering comprehensive unbiased reporting from leading industry experts. Our background as engineers gives us the unmatched skill and invaluable insights essential for accurate reporting. This skill level sets us apart from the competition and is a first for Queensland.  

For your added peace of mind, we are fully licensed, insured and registered members of the Master Builders Association and the Institute of Building Consultants. We provide reporting free of personal judgements regarding the condition of a property and are committed to polite, respectful interactions at all times. Great customer service is just another part of the premier service we provide.

Protect your financial future with a pre-sale building and timber pest inspection

Be empowered and wholly informed with the comprehensive reporting our building and pest inspections in Ipswich provide. Call today to book your inspection on 0401 018 030

Protect your financial future with a pre-sale building and timber pest inspection

Be empowered and wholly informed with the comprehensive reporting our building and pest inspections in Ipswich provide. Call today to book your inspection on 

Why Choose A1 Building And Pest Consultancy?

Building and pest inspections are an absolute necessity for buyers and something we believe in making accessible and affordable with zero compromises on quality. We have years of experience delivering building and pest inspections in Brisbane, the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast. Helping buyers buy their dream home with full assurance of the condition of the home, is what we do best.

Our team are fully licensed, highly qualified and covered by comprehensive professional indemnity insurance for your added peace of mind. For stand-alone building inspections, standard pest inspections or more detailed timber pest inspections we’re the team you can trust.

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