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Understanding Building Inspections

For property owners, whether you are currently living in your own house or renting it out to tenants, you know that the most important responsibility is maintaining your property. Hence, we recommend at Defence Pest Management that you have your house inspected on a regular basis, to ensure that you conform to the standards of the Building Code of Australia.

Building inspections are not just a means to know that a structure uses high-quality and durable materials, but also to ensure that the property can provide safe and healthy habitation for all occupants. Property inspections can be done as part of a regular routine for property maintenance, and are also conducted on properties that are being put up for sale (pre-sale or pre-purchase inspections).

What Is Included in Building Inspections

During building inspections, a technician will visit the property to examine all accessible areas and documents any findings about the property. Any visual damages and problems will be documented. A building inspection report will highlight the condition of the property at the time of inspection, and this will be given to the property owner. With this report, the property manager or owner can determine if there are areas of the home that require repairs and any issues that may lead to future problems.

This is why a building inspection is also important for property buyers so that they can get an idea of the condition of the property in which they are interested, allowing them to make an informed decision about purchasing the house.

In detail, a building inspection can help identify:

  • Chipped floor tiles,
  • Damaged floorboards and ceilings,
  • Cracked fixtures,
  • Leaking pipes, and
  • Jammed doors and locks.

What is NOT Included in Building Inspections

One common misconception with a property inspection is that it is the same as a pest inspection. In some cases, homeowners are surprised to know that the building inspection report does not include findings about pest infestations in their property.

Building inspections and pest inspections are, in fact, two different things. Although both involve the inspection of the property, building inspections are limited to investigating the visual condition of the house. On the other hand, pest inspections are specifically done to determine whether or not your home is infested with pests and if there are any risks of future infestations.

In addition, pest inspections are also conducted to help you identify and choose the most effective methods for combatting pests, such as termites, cockroaches and rodents.

If you are a property owner, you can opt for just a regular building inspection. Or, if you suspect that there are pests lingering in your property and want to make sure to avoid the risks of a significant infestation, then our technicians from Defence Pest Management can help with locating these pests.