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  • What areas are covered in Build inspection?
    *Inspections and Reports are carried out as per Australian Standard AS4349.1. Exterior, interior walls, all rooms and out buildings including fences, accessible subfloor areas, roof surfaces within safety guidelines and roof voids where accessible.
  • Should I attend the inspection?
    *Most definitely, there is a large benefit in talking to the Inspector once the inspection is finished. We can show you the defects and the background as to why the damage has occurred and how best to overcome and or prevent issues in the future. Written reports can be difficult to grasp where as an interactive discussion with the defect in sight will be remembered.
  • Does the Pest inspection cover creepy crawly insects?
    *No, the full name for the inspection is a “Timber Pest Inspection”. We are looking for Subterranean Termites and their signs of activity on your property. We are also looking for leaks and high moisture in and around the building footprint and timber decay all of which attract Termites to the area. All termite management systems are designed and installed to force Termites into locations that their activity can be seen and treated with Chemicals, and why we look for areas and locations that Termites can conceal there entry points.
  • What happens if you find Termites?
    *We try to establish extent of attack via non-destructive methods and where they are gaining access. For active termites it is important to leave them undisturbed and immediately chemically treat the area to eradicate the active Termites. If large amounts of damage are determined or extent of damage cannot be confirmed we will recommend “further investigation” or destructive inspection methods such as removing roof sheets or wall/ ceiling linings. The less disturbance to the Termites activities the better % chance of getting an entire nest eradication exists. Termite activity in trees and gardens also need to be treated as they are constantly in search of food and moisture and can easily and quickly spread to fences and building structures.
  • Do you test Air Conditioners and fans etc?
    *Mechanical and Electrical equipment is not checked/ tested as part of a Build Inspection. It is always recommended that a Qualified Electrician check electrical safety for the property to all equipment fittings and fixtures. AC units are specialized equipment that require ongoing maintenance and cleaning and require a complete test and running operation for confirmation of condition. Smoke detectors are installed maintained by Electricians and also are not checked or tested as part of a Building inspection as per AS4349.1
  • How long does it take to receive our report?
    *Turn around time is generally around 24 Hrs for you to receive your written reports. Special requests for tight/ urgent time frames can be arranged and we always endevour to get your answers addressed promptly so you can focus on your purchase without concern for Building and Pest worries.
  • If I have worries/ problems with the report contents what do I do?
    *In the first instance call us and talk through your concerns. The reports contain a lot of detailed information and it is best to talk to us so you fully understand the defect and the ramifications into the future for you as the owner. We are always happy to help to explain the contents and take away the fear of the unknown when ever possible.
  • What is the cost to repair or upgrade items in the report?
    *Under AS4349.1 we cannot offer $ values on work highlighted in the report nor recommend trade contractors to carry out repairs/ upgrade. This helps to prevent unprofessional behavior in the industry. The report will include the trade group needed to be involved in repair including Engineers for very serious issues down to Landscapers for tree trimming. Dependent on the report contents an extension of time can be requested to allow additional time to have Contractors review and price options to carry out rectifications so you are not preceding blind into settlement. Alternatively negotiations with Agent/ Seller can resolve cost issues being mindful that the dwellings are used and it is fair wear and tear in some instances.

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