Frequently Asked Questions
The inspection looks for major and minor defects in the building such as leaking roofs, structural issues, leaking or damp showers, poor external drainage and potential safety hazards.
The roof cover being roof tiles, roof iron, valleys, flashings, penetrations, gutters, downpipes and skylights. We identify evidence of possible roof leaking and the extent of the possible repairs required.
The roof framing members and connections are checked for defects, the roof cover internally is checked for evidence of leaks, sisalation, insulation and potential safety hazards.
The building exterior is checked for cracks and other defects, windows and doors are assessed, verandahs, decks and other timber structures are checked for structural adequacy, wood decay.
Bedrooms, hallways and living areas and checked for defects including the floors, walls and ceilings, windows, doors and built-in cupboards. Kitchens, Bathrooms and Laundries are checked for a number of issues including checking tapware, evidence of water hammer and water leaks, hot water service, evidence of leaking shower recess, defects to sanitary fixture and fittings, toilets are flushed, moisture readings are taken on walls and floors.
Paths and steps, retaining walls, driveways and external surface drainage are inspected for defects and issues. Large trees can be potential problem to the building. Boundary fences are checked for condition and if requiring replacement.
A Timber Pest Inspection is recommended for most homes identifying conditions that are conducive to timber pest infestations.
Lyctus brunneus(powder post beetle) is not considered a significant pest of timber. Damage is confined to the sapwood so treatment or timber replacement is not usually required. However, you should have a building expert investigate if any timber replacement is required.Anobium punctatum (furniture beetle) and Calymmaderus incisus(Queensland pine beetle) must always be considered active, unless proof of treatment is provided, because, unless the timber is ground up, one cannot determine conclusively if activity has ceased. Total timber replacement of all susceptible timbers is recommended. A secondary choice is treatment. However, the evidence and damage will remain and the treatment may need to be carried out each year for up to three years.
Wood Decay Fungi (wood rot) are considered an issue because it weakens the timber structures, such as decks, handrails and roof, wall and floor frames, floor boards causing serious structural problems and possible safety hazards.
It is important to note that all properties are at risk of termite attack. Termites are the cause of the greatest economic losses of timber in service in Australia. Independent data compiled by State Forestry and the CSIRO shows 1 in every 4 homes is attacked by termites at some stage in its life. More recent data would indicate that this is now as high as 1 in every three properties. Australia’s subterranean termite species (white ants) are the most destructive timber pests in the world.
Vince Luppino is a licensed builder, carpenter and a trained timber pest inspector. Vince Luppino has undergone a rigorous qualification process and specialized timber pest inspections. We consistently stay up to date with industry trends and legal requirements through continued professional development. We are fully insured for Public Liability and Professional Indemnity.
We believe our Building and Pest Inspections Adelaide are comprehensive and detailed and our prices are extremely competitive. I will provide telephone support to you, and we can also arrange that you attend the inspection to fully understand any issues that the property may have.
Our expertise is based on years of experience in all areas of the building and timber pest industry.
Our expertise is based on forty years of experience in all areas of the building and timber pest industry.
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If the property is going to Auction the Inspection should be carried out as soon as possible, this will give you time to read the report and consider all the relevant information provided in the report.
If the property is for sale by private treaty, again, it is best to have the inspection done as soon as possible.
Traditionally the inspection is carried out once your offer on the property has been accepted, during the two day cooling off period.
We will make all the necessary arrangements with your real estate agent.
Reports are available same-day via email.
- A description of the property
- A photographic summary of all the major and minor defects
- Recommendations for further investigation
- A conclusion on the overall condition of the property. This compares the building with a property of a similar type and age.
- Were Active termites found?
- Evidence of Termite activity.
- Evidence of any previous termite treatment (this is very important).
- Presence of wood borer damage.
An average building inspection should take between 1-2 hours.
We encourage our clients to attend the last half hour of the inspection and then a brief walk through the property.
We can provide support and are there to help you.
We usually require payment on completion of the building inspection but can arrange other terms if required.
We accept credit card payments from MasterCard, Visa as well as Direct EFT payment and Cash.
- Avoid a building that has Major Defects may lead to failure of the structure – such as cracking, dampness, roof sagging, drainage or storm water issues.
- Try to avoid defects that are of significant defects these problems are usually expensive to rectify.
- Be aware of defects that have a significant safety hazard as these defects must be rectified before moving into the property and must be budgeted for up front.
- Consider defects that can be rectified with a ‘reasonable’ or ‘manageable’ financial outlay.
- Don’t be fooled by property styling or recent renovations.
A Building and Pest Inspection by Adelaide Building & Property Inspections is vital to help you understand what problems a building may have before you buy it.