Building & Pest Inspections Northern NSW

Are you about to purchase a property in Northern NSW? Before you sign 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. 

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 Northern NSW building and pest 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

If you’re looking to buy or sell a property, it’s important to get a 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.

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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.

In the Northern NSW region it's common to find evidence of termite damage, ventilation issues (which can lead to mould or rotting wood), incomplete construction or renovation work and structural issues. An experienced building inspector will be able to recognise the signs of these defects and advise on their severity, however in some cases it may be necessary to have a relevant tradesman visit the property for recommendations, such as a plumber, carpenter or electrician. 

Minor defects are quite common to most properties and not necessarily included in your report, however if the property being inspected was poorly maintained, then 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. 

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. A swimming pool inspection is not included, which means in order to obtain a Pool Compliance Certificate (in NSW), you will need to arrange for a separate inspection.

Similarly, while it may be apparent due to the age of the property that asbestos is an issue, your building inspection will not allow for an asbestos audit. This needs to be obtained separately and will include sending samples of materials found for testing, and appropriate plans for the management of asbestos. 

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

Can we be there for the inspection?

We highly recommend you attend the inspection alongside the inspector so you can see any issues found and have the findings explained to you.

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, sub floor, exterior and interior of the property, as well as any landscape timbers, grounds, fences and garage that is within 30m of the building and within 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 infestation.

Unless an invasive physical inspection is needed/required, we cannot inspect inaccessible areas, such as 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. Due to the climate, Northern NSW is a known termite hotspot and for this reason it's imperative that any property has a thorough pest inspection conducted by a licensed professional.

What does the pest inspection report include?

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. 

Book a building and pest inspection

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

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

Page last updated: 25-06-2021

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