Termites are the most destructive insect pests of houses and buildings in Australia. The incidence of infestations has increased from 3% in 1954 to above 30% currently, despite the technical advances in their detection and control.
No new property owner wants to be faced with an unexpected termite infestation and the costs involved in repairing the damage. Hidden termite damage can run into the thousands of dollars to repair. If you are buying in a designated termite-prone area it is best you book a termite inspection.
Termites Can Cause Massive Destruction to Properties
Termites can quickly damage a property. They travel considerable distances to find timber to feed on and within a short time can cause irreparable damage to timber frames, to the point of compromising structural integrity of the building.
It can be very difficult to identify a termite infestation, because they travel underground and often enter a building unseen.
It’s also important to know that many financial institutions won’t lend money to purchase a property without a professional pest inspection report.
Building and Pest Inspections
We know that trying to juggle times with agents, owners and tenants can be frustrating, so when you book with Houspect we coordinate with independent professional Termite Inspection companies on your behalf, so your Building and Pest inspections are promptly conducted at the same time.
The inspectors will inspect for current termite infestations as well as evidence of old activity, documenting any infestations and any visible termite damage. The Pest Inspection Report will indicate whether any termite barriers exist on the property and if any termite control programs are already in place.
Houspect checks the credentials of termite inspection companies for their licensing, insurance coverage, professionalism, and customer service.
Most inspections can be co-ordinated within a day or two of booking and you will receive an independent Houspect Pre-purchase Building report, (put link here for PPI pages) and a pest report by email via Houspect.