Pre-Purchase Timber Pest Inspection

A timber pest inspection done according to AS 4349.3 should be considered mandatory when you are considering purchasing a new property, whether as a home owner or as a commercial investor. Hidden termite and pest damage can run into the thousands of dollars to repair, so if you don’t have a termite inspection, you can run into serious unexpected problems or repairs and even structural damage.

Termites Can Cause Massive Destruction to Properties

Termites can quickly damage a property. They can travel many metres to find timber to feed on and within a short time, a timber frame can be damaged and even lose its structural integrity.

It can be very difficult to identify a termite infestation, because they travel underground and often enter a building unseen. This is why a regular termite inspection is important, so that any signs of termites can be detected early on and a termite control program initiated. No new property owner wants to be faced with an unexpected termite infestation and the costs involved in repairing the damage.

The current owners of the property may have no idea that they have a termite infestation, so it pays to do your own due diligence before you make your final decision.

Also, many financial institutions won’t lend money to purchase a property without a professional pest inspection report.

Pest Inspection Companies

Houspect refers all pest inspections to independent professional termite inspection companies. They will inspect for evidence of old termite activity as well as current infestations and will document any infestations and any visible damage caused by the termites. The inspection report may also describe whether a termite barrier exists on the property and whether any remedial control programs have been put in place.

Houspect checks the termite inspection companies it refers for their qualifications, professionalism, communication skills and insurance cover. We know that trying to juggle times with agents, owners and tenants can be frustrating, so if you choose, we can book an inspection on your behalf.

All the pest inspection companies we refer clients to are:

  • Experienced
  • Professional
  • Insured

For more information or to book a pre-purchase timber pest inspection in SA, call Houspect on 08 8344 2590, email us at or complete our online enquiry form.

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