Building & Pest Inspections Brisbane

Are you about to purchase a property in Brisbane? Before you sign on the dotted line, it's imperative that you get a professional building and pest inspection by an experienced and licenced inspector.

iCertified can provide you with a comprehensive pre-purchase inspection so you can make an informed decision. 

Servicing Brisbane QLD

Buying a house is probably the largest investment you will make in your lifetime, so it makes sense to ensure the house is in good condition without any hidden surprises that could end up costing you a fortune.

A building and pest inspection will do just that.

Our Brisbane building inspectors will thoroughly check the property for any significant damage, including defects, structural issues, mould and termite damage and provide you with an easy-to-read report of our findings within 24 hours of your inspection.

This report will inform you of any future issues you might potentially be facing with the property and whether action needs to be taken. 

 

Building Inspections Brisbane

brisbane building inspector wearing yellow high visibility vest going through a property with a client

If you’re looking to buy or sell a property, it’s important to get a building inspection so you are fully aware of what you're buying.

 

Pre-purchase building inspection 

A pre-purchase inspection report will give you detailed information about the building and any areas of concern. This lets you know whether a property is worth buying, before it’s too late. Learn more about why it's important to get a building and pest inspection.

Similarly, a pre-sale inspection can help you sell your property quickly by identifying issues that would keep potential buyers from being interested.

 

What is included in a building inspection? 

A building inspection attempts to identify any obvious or significant defects that are observable at the time of the inspection. The report is limited to those areas and sections of the property that are fully accessible and visible to the inspector. 

There are many factors that influence whether a defect is considered to be significant, including the age of the property and the type of building being inspected.

 

What is not included in a building inspection?

Our inspectors will check everything* that is visible and fully accessible on the day of the inspection. We are not able to inspect any areas that are concealed or obstructed, including between floors or inside wall cavities.

To properly check any inaccessible areas of the property, a special purpose report would be required.

*Note: A swimming pool inspection is not included, which means in order to obtain a Pool Safety Certificate (in QLD), you will need to arrange for a separate inspection.

 

Damage from timber pests is common in Brisbane

termite damage to a timber floor in a brisbane property

In Brisbane, it's common to find evidence of termite damage in older properties usually caused by:

  • lack of ventilation (which can lead to mould or wood rot)
  • incomplete construction work
  • structural integrity issues.

An experienced building inspector will be able to recognise the signs of these defects and advise you on their severity. In some cases it may be required to get the relevant tradesman to come in and offer additional advice, such as a plumber, carpenter or electrician.

 

Minor defects may not appear in your building inspection report

building inspector filling out a building report on a clipboard

Minor defects are quite common to most properties and are not necessarily included in your report.

However, if the property being inspected was poorly maintained, there may be a larger number of minor defects than a reasonably maintained property would have.

In this case, if you as the purchaser would need to allocate considerable resources to fix up the property, then your report will include a general assessment of the presence of minor defects as well. 

We also are not able to comment on things like plumbing work, electrical installation, gas fittings, common properties areas (such as shared areas within a complex or apartment building), defects that may be subject to prevailing weather conditions, swimming pools and spas, environmental concerns or security or neighbourhood concerns.

Some of these points will require a different inspection service such as a special purpose property report.

 

Presence of Asbestos

asbestos warning sign on the window of an old building

Similarly, while it may be apparent due to the age of the property if asbestos is an issue, your building inspection will not allow for an asbestos audit.

An asbestos audit needs to be obtained separately and will include sending samples of materials found for testing, and appropriate plans for the management of asbestos. 

 

Can we be there for the inspection?

We highly recommend you attend the inspection alongside the inspector so you can see any issues found. 

 

Pest Inspections

Termites

White ants, termites and other infestations can do considerable and costly damage to your home, often requiring extensive repairs, treatments, and sometimes even condemning the property.

Our pest inspectors will detect and inform you of any damage done to your building by pests, such as termites. During the pest inspection, we will check the roof space, subfloor, exterior and interior of the property, as well as any landscape timbers, grounds, fences and garage that is within 30m of the building and the property boundaries, for evidence of destructive pests or signs of potential termite attack.

We will then advise on any treatments required to protect your home from termite infestation.

 

Do you inspect the inaccessible areas of the property for pests?

Unless an invasive physical inspection is needed/required, we cannot inspect inaccessible areas of the property.

Areas of a dwelling that are usually deemed as inaccessible include:

  • within cavity walls
  • concealed frame timbers
  • eaves
  • flat roofs
  • full enclosed patio subfloors
  • soil concealed by concrete floors
  • wall linings
  • landscaping
  • rubbish,
  • floor coverings
  • furniture
  • pictures
  • appliances
  • stored items
  • insulation and so forth. 

However, our experienced inspectors can recognise the signs of termite activity as well the type of conditions that can lead to infestation.

The Queensland climate is a known hotspot for termite activity and for this reason, it's imperative that any Brisbane property has a thorough pest inspection conducted by a licensed professional.

 

What does the pest inspection report include?

Brisbane pest inspector doing termite report on clipboard

Following your pest and termite inspection, you will receive a comprehensive report outlining the findings. Your report will detail whether or not: 

  • Active subterranean termites were found
  • Visual evidence of subterranean termite workings or damage was found
  • Visible evidence of borers of seasoned timbers was found
  • Evidence of damage caused by wood decay (rot) fungi was found
  • Evidence of conditions conducive to timber pest infestation (e.g. water leaks, poor drainage, ventilation in sub-floor regions, or large trees in close proximity to the property are a few examples). 
  • Further inspections are needed (such as, areas where reasonable access is unavailable, obstructed or restricted, or if a high risk of possible timber pests and or damage exists)
  • Any major safety hazards were identified
  • The susceptibility of the property to timber pests is considered to be high. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does a building and pest inspection take?

A building and pest inspection takes approximately 1 hour to complete depending on the size of the property.

Can I be present during the inspection?

Yes, this is recommended so that any issues or problems with the property can be discussed with you then and there.

How much does a building and pest inspection cost?

Our building and pest inspection prices vary depending on the property size and location, though for an approximate cost you’re looking at around $500.00 incl. GST. For a more accurate quote please get in touch.

Who organises/pays for the building and pest inspection? The buyer or seller?

Generally the buyer will arrange the building and pest, however, we also carry out pre sale inspections for home owners wanting to ensure there are no surprises or major issues with their properties.

When do you usually get a building and pest inspection? Before or after making an offer on a property?

Typically the inspection occurs after the contract of sale is signed, however, if a property is going to Auction, the inspection is done before.

When will I receive my report?

We endeavour to provide you with a detailed report within 24 hours.

What equipment does the inspector use?

In order to conduct a thorough inspection of the property, our inspectors will use tools such as laser levels, moisture meters, microwave radars and infrared cameras. This equipment can help the inspector detect any termite activity, leaks, uneven floors and other potential defects.

I have questions about my report, who do I speak to?

It’s best to speak with one of our experienced inspectors regarding the findings in your report, though our admin staff are also on hand to answer your queries. Please call us on 1300 899 078.

What areas do you service?

We provide building and pest inspections throughout Brisbane, the Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast. To arrange an inspection, book online with iCertified today! 

 

Book a building and pest inspection in Brisbane

Book a building and pest inspection in Brisbane today with iCertified. Our licensed inspectors operate throughout South East Queensland and will provide a professional and friendly service. We also provide inspections on the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast

Contact us today to arrange a building and pest inspection for your property, or you can book online now.

 

Page last updated: 08-05-2024

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