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Building and Pest Inspection

Comprehensive Pre-Purchase Pest Inspections

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Whether buying or selling a property, you will likely have encountered the term ‘pest and building inspection’. A Timber Pest Inspection is a comprehensive inspection of a property’s timber structures for damage by fungal decay (rot), wood-boring insects, subterranean termites or other timber pests.

Our Timber Pest Inspection, sometimes referred to as a Pre-Purchase Pest Inspection is carried out in accordance with the AEPMA’S Code of Practice For Prior to Purchase Specialist Timber Pest Inspections and Australian Standard AS 4349.3-2010 Inspection of buildings Part 3: Timber pest inspections.

If you are selling a property, a timber pest inspection is a great way to ensure that there are not going to be any unwanted complications once the property is under contract.

Surekil Pest Control have helped families buy and sell property on the Gold Coast, Tweed Heads for over 20 years, providing expert, friendly service by technicians that are fully licensed, insured and police checked.

To book your timber pest inspection, call us on (07) 5599 1322 or request a booking online.

Pre-Purchase Building Inspection Report

A pre-purchase building inspection is a visual appraisal of the condition of a property that highlights all existing defects and areas of concern. It is carried out in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.1 2007 Inspection of Buildings Part 1: Pre purchase property Inspections – Residential buildings.

A Building Inspection Reports on:
  • The structure
  • The site and fences
  • The plumbing and electrical
  • The general condition and maintenance required

In conjunction with a timber pest inspection, Surekil can arrange for a building inspection to be carried out at the same time by one of our recommended, independent, qualified, and insured Building Inspectors.

If you need a Pest and Building Inspection, call  Surekil Pest Control today.

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Tips to Help Reduce Risk of Termite Infestation

You should have your property regularly inspected for termites but to below are some handy tips help reduce your risk of termite infestation:

  • Ensure that your roof void is accessible for a termite inspection and free of damp or mould
  • Ensure that and sub-floors have good cross-floor ventilation, drainage, and access for a termite inspection
  • Ensure that your weep holes aren’t covered by garden beds or pavers
  • Ensure that the external edge of your concrete slab has at least a 50mm inspection zone
  • Ensure that any leaking hoses, drains and pipes are repaired
  • Ensure that any runoff from your hot water systems and air conditioners are directed away from the property
  • Ensure that any firewood or building materials are stored away your property walls and out from the sub-floor
  • Ensure that dead trees, fallen branches, old wood and stumps are removed from your property
  • Ensure garden beds and retaining walls only use treated timber
Termite Damaged Timber

Common Signs Of Timber Damage & Infestation

Timber damage and infestations can lead to severe structural problems in your home if left untreated. It’s essential to understand the common signs of timber damage and infestations to take appropriate action. Here are some common indicators:

  • Frass: Frass is a powdery, sawdust-like substance created by wood-boring insects such as termites and wood-boring beetles. If you notice frass around your home, it could be a sign of an infestation.
  • Mud tubes: Termites create mud tubes to travel between their nest and food source. These tubes can often be found on the exterior or interior of your home and are a strong indication of termite activity.
  • Blisters in wood: Wood that appears blistered or has a hollow sound when tapped could be a sign of termite damage. This occurs when termites consume the wood from the inside, leaving a thin layer of wood intact on the surface.
  • Damaged or weakened wood: If you notice wood that appears to be crumbling, sagging, or has small holes, this could be a sign of wood-boring insect activity.
  • Swarms: Termites, carpenter ants and wood-boring beetles often swarm during certain times of the year. If you see a swarm of insects around your property, it could indicate a nearby colony.

The Timber Pest Inspection Process

A thorough timber pest inspection is crucial for identifying and addressing potential timber pest problems in your home. The inspection process typically involves the following steps:

  • Initial assessment: The inspector will begin by assessing the property’s exterior, looking for signs of timber damage or infestations. They will also inquire about any known issues or past infestations.
  • Visual inspection: The inspector will then conduct a visual inspection of the interior and exterior of the property, checking for any visible signs of timber damage or infestations. This includes examining the roof void, subfloor and other accessible areas.
  • Moisture testing: High moisture levels can attract pests and contribute to timber decay. The inspector will use a moisture meter to check for elevated moisture levels in walls, floors and other areas susceptible to damage.
  • Timber sounding: The inspector will use a sounding device or hammer to tap on timbers, listening for a hollow sound indicating internal damage caused by pests.
  • Use of specialised equipment: In some cases, the inspector may use specialised equipment such as a borescope or thermal imaging camera to examine areas not visible during the visual inspection.
  • Report preparation: After completing the inspection, the inspector will prepare a comprehensive report detailing their findings. This report will include recommendations for treatment or further investigations if required.

Timber Pest Inspection FAQ

If you find termites in your home the first thing to remember is not to touch them. If you have already disturbed them then cover them up and ring Surekil Pest Control. When they are disturbed termites will often leave the workings, which makes it difficult for pest inspectors to locate and treat them. We will recommend a full termite inspection (if you haven’t already had one) to isolate unseen damaged areas such as sub-floor areas. Our team will explain what options are available to treat the termites and protect your home in the future, and also provide a free quote for these services.

CSIRO statistics show that one in five homes are attacked by termites throughout Australia. Throughout the Northern Rivers and the Gold Coast, the rates are actually higher. On average, one in three homes in this region will have issues with termites.

Unfortunately, the more food the termites have, the more eggs the Queen will lay and your termite problem will increase. Please don’t touch the infestation either, as the pests will spread out looking for new food sources and may enter your house. Get in touch with our team as soon as possible.

The cost of a termite or pest inspection can vary depending on factors such as the size of your property, its location and the complexity of the inspection. Contact us today for a detailed quote on the costs for your individual situation.

There are several steps you can take to reduce the risk of termite infestations, such as:

  • Removing wood debris and dead trees from your property
  • Ensuring proper ventilation and drainage around your home to reduce moisture
  • Regularly inspecting wooden structures for signs of damage
  • Using termite-resistant building materials when constructing or renovating your home

Once the inspection is completed, the pest controller will provide you with a detailed report outlining their findings and any recommended treatments or actions. If an infestation is detected, the pest controller will discuss the best course of treatment to eradicate the pests and prevent future infestations.

Pest control companies like Surekil Pest Control prioritise the safety of your family and pets. We use treatments and methods that are approved by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) and adhere to all safety regulations.

Many pest control companies, including Surekil Pest Control, offer warranties or guarantees for their services. This typically covers a specific period during which any follow-up treatments, if needed, will be provided at no additional cost. The warranty terms and conditions vary depending on the company and the specific service provided.

At Surekil Pest Control we try to accommodate your scheduling needs as quickly as possible. Depending on our availability, you can expect an appointment within a few days to a week from your initial inquiry.

In most cases, it is not necessary to leave your home during a termite or pest treatment. However, certain situations may require temporary relocation, such as when fumigation is used to treat a severe infestation. Your pest controller will inform you of any specific precautions or requirements prior to the treatment.

Building Inspection Report — Surekil Pest Control In Tweed Heads, NSW

Timber Pest Inspection Pricing

Standard Service

Prior to Purchase Specialist Timber Pest Inspection: Starting from $350.00.
Prior to Purchase Building Inspection: Starting from $300.00.

The prices shown above are for residential properties of up to 40m2, typically a 3 or 4-bedroom home. For prices for properties of other sizes or commercial services, please contact us on 07 5599 1322 or request a quote.

*Warranty Terms and Conditions

Our goods and services come with guarantees that cannot be excluded under the Australian Consumer Law. For major failures with the service, you are entitled:

  1. To cancel your service contract with us; and
  2. To a refund for the unused portion, or to compensation for its reduced value.

You are also entitled to choose a refund or replacement for major failures with goods. If a failure with the goods or a service does not amount to a major failure, you are entitled to have the failure rectified in a reasonable time. If this is not done, you are entitled to a refund for the goods and to cancel the contract for the service and obtain a refund of any unused portion. You are also entitled to be compensated for any other reasonably foreseeable loss or damage from a failure in the goods or service’.


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