A Pest Inspection, also known as a ‘Timber Pest Inspection’ is recommended before purchasing a property to ensure that no hidden structural issues exist. Timber pests include termites, wood borers and wood decay fungi (wood rot). These timber pests are common in all properties and can undermine timber structures.
All homes contain timber elements that are vulnerable to attack from timber pests. It is estimated that one in five Albury Wodonga properties contain some form of termite activity.
A Pest Inspection is STRONGLY RECOMMENDED and looks for four very important things:
- Subterranean Termites or evidence of termite activity and termite damage as well as evidence of any previous Termite treatment. (Very Important)
- Timber borers or evidence of timber borers and damage.
- Wood rot (wood decay fungi) damage and potential safety hazards in timber structures such as rotten timber steps, handrails and balconies.
- We report on any conditions that may be conducive to Termite attack or conditions that can cause wood rot.
- We also report on safety hazards with regard to timber structures.
What is a Timber Pest?
Customers often ask us what the difference is between a ‘Pest Inspection’ and a ‘Timber Pest Inspection’. We use both these terms interchangeably to mean the same thing. The official terminology is ‘Timber Pest’.
Timber pests include Termites, Wood Decay Fungi (wood rot) and Timber Borers. They are considered pests because they weaken timber structures, such as decks, handrails and roof, wall frames, floor frames, floor boards etc. These pests can weaken timber structures, posing serious structural problems and possible safety hazards. The damage caused is often invisible to the untrained eye. Without detecting such problems, unforseen costs and hassles can occur.
When should Albury Wodonga buyers arrange a Pest Inspection?
When you purchase a property and exchange contracts there is a 5 day ‘cooling–off’ period. During this time, you have the option to cancel the contract providing you give written notice.
Many buyers arrange a Pest and Building Inspection during the cooling off period. It is recommended however, that you arrange the inspection before you exchange contracts as this gives you ample time to digest the information and the ability to adjust your offer based on the inspection findings.
We strongly recommend that Albury Wodonga property buyers carry out a Combined Building and Pest Inspection to provide you with full insight into a property. We are available to carry out Building and Pest Inspections Albury Wodonga wide from Monday to Saturday.
Contact Us today to book an Inspection with Building and Pest Inspections Albury Wodonga.