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What are the skills and qualifications of a building and pest inspector?

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Purchasing a home is probably one of the most significant financial commitments you will make in your life, so it’s important to get the help of experts right from the start.

A pest and building inspection is generally carried out on a property in the early stages of the purchase process, typically before your contract goes unconditional or you bid at auction. In some situations, it can also be a specific requirement of a lender before providing finance for the purchase.

For many, the whole purchase process can be quite daunting. With so much at stake, it is important to have an understanding of the skills, qualifications and experience required of an inspector to ensure the job is done properly. You need to be provided with all the relevant information on the condition of the property for a well-informed decision to be made. The last thing you want is some costly surprises after moving in.

1. Skills and qualifications of a pest and building inspector

Pest and building inspections are guided by Australian Standards. These standards describe how an inspection should be carried out and subsequently reported on, ensuring a level of consistency throughout the industry

Regulations guiding who can conduct a pest or building inspection in Australia can vary state to state. For example, Queensland building inspectors must be a registered and licensed builder, must have completed a residential building inspectors course and also hold a full pest license. So, with such a big decision to make, how can a person be sure they are getting what they pay for?

For other states, the building and pest inspector standards specify inspectors should have an extensive knowledge of the whole construction process. This includes not only a trade background but also relevant qualifications and extensive experience in the residential building sector. In order to conduct pest inspections the standard requires inspectors to have completed units 8 and 10 of the National Qualification for inspecting and reporting on timber pests. Without proving this level of skill, qualification and experience inspectors will normally not be able to gain insurance.

2. What should my expectations be

So, what sort of things should I consider, and what questions should I ask to be sure I choose the right inspector for the job?

2.1 Insurance

At a minimum, pest and building inspectors should be covered by public liability and professional indemnity insurance. These cover both the advice they are offering and any damage caused to a third-party person or property. You can relax knowing that all Rapid inspectors are covered by $20 million in public liability insurance and $5 million in professional indemnity insurance.

2.2 Confirmation of areas covered

Proper building inspections cover every accessible and unobstructed aspect of a building, including the interior, exterior, roof void, roof exterior, subfloor, ground surfaces, fences, outbuildings and the adjacent grounds. A thorough inspection is essential as all the key structural elements of a building rely on each other. An issue in one area of a building may be directly linked to another and it is important that all areas are inspected.

2.3 Customer service

With so much information, you want to be able to follow up on any findings and have access to your inspector to ask questions in simple terms. A good inspector should be approachable and happy to discuss their findings once you have had a chance to read through the report. Rapid inspectors are always available during business hours to take your call and discuss your report.

2.4 Reputation

Speed and efficiency are important skills for building inspectors and it is a good idea to see if they have testimonials available to read through. This will give you a good outline of the service you are considering, as customer feedback tends to reveal how a business is run. With over 1,000 Rapid reviews across reputable platforms, we let our happy customers do the talking.

2.5 Get a sample report

Before you buy a car, you should test drive it, right? Well before you pick an inspector, ask if you can see a sample of their work to determine whether they are professional and have the skills you require. In other words, try before you buy. Call us and we will be happy to email a sample report through.

2.6 Attendance

A thorough inspection can take around 90 minutes on a standard residential property that is in reasonable condition. While an inspector needs to work alone during this time, an experienced professional should have no hesitation meeting the customer at the end of the inspection to discuss any concerns or answer questions once the report has been paid for.

2.7 The report

An efficient inspector should be able to provide the report within 24 hours of the completion of the inspection. In fact, Rapid has set a new standard for efficiency in this area. Get your report in 24 hours or get it free. The report should include photos of any findings and comply with Australian Standards.

2.8 Cost

It may be tempting to hire the cheapest, but with such a big investment, you may not get a thorough inspection of the property. Choosing an inspector based solely on price could cost you in the long run. Quality of service should be one of the main considerations. At Rapid we provide high quality at an affordable price and will even price match competitors!

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today
We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.

We offer a wide range of services and inspect more than 10,000 homes a year. So, whether you are looking for a building inspection in Perth, a pre-purchase pest and building inspection in Melbourne or anywhere in between, our services are trusted nationwide. We even provide dilapidation reports and building inspections in Hobart!

We’re on your side, and we’re here to help!

What Is A Pest Inspection?

what is a pest inspection

Looking for a Pest Inspection in Hobart or in another state? Or maybe a Building and Pest Inspection combined? At Rapid Building Inspections, we have you covered and are here to help 7 days a week.

Our comprehensive onsite Pest Inspection and report along with recommendations will provide you with crucial knowledge and awareness of the condition and risks associated with the property you are looking to purchase.

Our fully trained and experienced building and pest inspectors perform inspections of building structures to identify damage or conditions conducive to damage from timber pests such as termites and wood borers.

What is a Pest Inspection?

A pest inspection is a methodical and careful visual examination of the inside and outside of a property, using thermal sensing and moisture detecting technology. An experienced building and pest inspector will look for evidence of termites, borers, wood decay, fungi and mould that have damaged or may cause damage to the structural integrity of the home. Undetected pests and damage have the potential to cause a significant detrimental effect on the property and possible financial losses if not detected and treated. An inspection should also identify issues such as increased infestation risks and make appropriate recommendations. Our qualified inspectors will spend the time with you onsite and/or over the telephone to explain important findings, ensuring that you have the information you need to make an informed decision.

These reports are normally carried out on nearby properties both before work begins and after it’s finished. A comparison of the two reports then offers a clear picture of any damage that might have occurred as a result of excavation, demolition or building works.

Why would I need one?

Whether you are buying, selling, renovating or simply looking to keep your home safe, a pest inspection from Rapid Building Inspections will provide you with peace of mind and a plan of attack if required.

If you’re planning on doing any major renovation or construction work on your property, it’s always best practice to arrange for a dilapidation report to be done on the properties around you. You can avoid costly disputes that may arise from your neighbours claiming for damages due to the result of the construction work carried out on your home.

Did you know:

  • Often, your home insurance will not cover you for damage caused by timber pests.
  • Statistics show approximately 1 in 3 homes Australia wide will be attacked by timber pests at some stage.
  • A brick veneer building can still be attacked by pests as there is a timber frame in the cavity behind the wall/ceiling linings.
  • A professional pest inspector can help predict the approximate amount required to fix the pest problem. When buying a property this can help you negotiate a lower price with the seller.

Pest Inspections are recommended for all properties annually to aid in early identification of pest activity to limit potential damage. In particular, a pest inspection should be undertaken:

  • Before you buy any home
  • Before you sell your home
  • Before you renovate a home.
  • When you suspect you may have timber pest activity

Recognised as market leaders in our field, Rapid Building Inspections offers a range of services, so whether you are looking for a Pest Inspection or Building and Pest Inspection our services are trusted nationwide.

Our friendly team are here to help you, 7 days a week, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you wish to book an inspection or just have a few questions, please don’t hesitate to call us today on 1300 407 341.

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today
We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

What Is A Dilapidation Report?

what is a dilapidation report

Your home is most likely your biggest asset so it makes sense to protect it. If there is major construction work being carried out nearby then you want to be sure that your property is ‘safe as houses’ and will not be affected in any way.

Building and construction work generally involves the use of heavy machinery and equipment. This can include excavation of significant quantities of soil, concrete, trees and often demolition of an existing structure. Even if it’s carefully managed, this type of work has the potential to cause damage to adjacent houses or other nearby infrastructure. And that’s even before the new building starts!

As a homeowner, if there is major construction work being performed near your property, whether by a neighbour, local council or developer, it is important to document the condition of your home before any works commence. If these works impact your property through cracking of walls due to excavation or vibration you will be able to claim against this, but this will only be possible if you have a document that proves that these defects were not present before the construction work commenced.

As a developer, builder or home renovator, you also have the responsibility to ensure that your project does not impact on adjoining properties and it is important to have reports undertaken on the state of nearby buildings. These reports can also protect you from false claims.

Having a thorough and well-documented report ensures there are no arguments about the condition of a property before, during or after building works are completed. If underlying problems exist on a property, these reports can ensure they are highlighted and then monitored for change over time.

What Is A Dilapidation Report?

A dilapidation report is written evidence of the condition of a property at a given point in time. It records any existing damage and the condition of any particular aspects of the property that are likely to be affected by construction work. It also includes photos to support any findings.

These reports are normally carried out on nearby properties both before work begins and after it’s finished. A comparison of the two reports then offers a clear picture of any damage that might have occurred as a result of excavation, demolition or building works.

Rapid Building Inspections focuses on a wide range of things when compiling a dilapidation report, including driveways, footpaths, nature strips, guttering, yards and fences. Anything from cracks in internal walls and exterior brickwork, concrete and pavers, to signs of movement such as doors no longer operating smoothly. In fact, there is not much that is not included. These signs of ‘dilapidation’ are photographed and documented so there can be no doubt that they exist.

What’s left out of a dilapidation report is just as important as what’s in it. If a new crack appears in a wall or windows begin to stick during construction on an adjacent property, the report can provide a reference and supporting evidence that the problems occurred as a direct result of this work being carried.

Dilapidation reports are not simply an outline of the condition of a building. They are a detailed record of the condition of a property, including trees, shrubs, fences, paving and driveways, not just the building itself. It is an agreed record of the condition of the adjoining property to the building works.

Why would I need one?

In some situations, dilapidation reports are required by law and this will come down to where your building is situated in relation to other buildings, and what the relevant authorities in your area require. Even if they are not required by law for the work you are doing, it simply makes sense to obtain one as dilapidation reports can help protect you against expensive insurance litigation if neighbours claim that your construction or demolition work has damaged their homes.

If you’re planning on doing any major renovation or construction work on your property, it’s always best practice to arrange for a dilapidation report to be done on the properties around you. You can avoid costly disputes that may arise from your neighbours claiming for damages due to the result of the construction work carried out on your home.

A further building inspection, once the works are completed or even during the works further, protects you as it becomes another record of the condition of the property.

A dilapidation report from Rapid Building Inspections is an independent survey that is accepted by authorities. If you need more information about whether dilapidation reports are required for your next project, ask your builder, council, or contact your local building authority.

Our friendly team is here to help you, with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you want to book an inspection or just have a few questions, call today on 1300 407 341.

Rapid Building Inspections offers a range of services, so whether you are looking for a building inspection in Perth, a pest and building inspection in Melbourne or anywhere in between, our services are trusted nationwide. We even provide building inspections in Hobart!

We’re on your side, and we’re here to help!

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today
We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

What does a Building Inspection involve?

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When you’re buying a property, it’s important to know what you’re dealing with. A building and pest inspection gives you a more complete picture of the property so that you can buy with increased confidence and peace of mind. But what is actually involved in a building inspection? What are you paying for and why is it so important?

The structure of the building

Firstly, a building inspection visually examines the structure and condition of the physical building. No two buildings are the same, and without a building inspection, it’s hard to know exactly what you’re buying. You will have trained professionals using ladders, torches, and specialist devices to inspect all visible areas and catch any visible deficiencies that have been patched over. The report will include any signs of wood rot, leaks, moisture in walls etc. Our inspectors make sure to do a thorough assessment of the materials and status of the building so that you know what areas need maintenance, any safety hazards, as well being confident in the sound parts of the property.

Pests and termites

More than just the state of the building itself, your inspection will check for any pest issues or issues conducive to termites that may cause huge problems down the line. Our team carries state of the art technology that allows them to detect termites in walls, beams, and other inaccessible places. Having a pest inspection carried out on your property means you will be perfectly placed to address these issues when you buy, it also means you can have peace of mind if no pests are found.

Documented history

The inspection report makes a full account of all aspects of your building. Your report will include photo evidence and a professional condition report recognised by real estate agents and solicitors. The report will highlight areas of concern, and point out hazards and defects that may need costly repairs and recommendations on the work required to rectify the issues. You’ll also have a record of the history of construction for the building so that when you buy your property you have a full understanding of its ins and outs. If you require any clarification with the report and what’s been written about the property, Rapid Building Inspections are happy to offer follow-up advice and assistance if necessary.

Peace of mind

A building and pest inspection is part of your due diligence when buying a property. Whether the report returns many structural issues or none at all, the report allows you to buy with increased confidence. Knowing the ins and outs of the building also means you are perfectly positioned to get the best price and commit to a contract of sale that is both accurate and fair.

A building and pest inspection will take about 1 hour to 90 minutes, depending on the size of the property. The timing will depend upon the condition of the building and the number of issues that arise for the building inspector. As a buyer, you are welcome to join the inspector at the property, to look at the property again yourself and discuss the findings with the inspector.
Our team is here to help you navigate your next property purchase with all the facts you need to make a smart decision. If you have any questions or want to book an inspection, get in touch with our friendly team today. Just give us a call today at 1300 407 341, we are on your side, and we’re here to help.

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today
We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Why Is a Building Inspection Important? What Is It and When Should I Get One?

why is a building inspection important

If you’re looking to buy a property, there will be lots of things to consider. One thing that doesn’t change, no matter the property, is the importance of a building inspection. Since every building is so different, each purchase needs as much information as possible, so that you can buy with confidence and peace of mind. A building inspection gives you a better picture of the property and ensures you pay the right price, avoiding hidden costs or headaches.

What does a building inspection show?

A building inspection is a thorough visual assessment of the property you’re looking to buy. It goes beyond the surface inspection that you conduct as you walk through the place, and instead it asks deeper questions about the building. A building inspection is a professional visual assessment of the structure and readily observable condition of the property. It can uncover major issues to the building, such as:

  • A movement to walls that may result in cracks to the walls.
  • The state of the roof, and whether there are any weaknesses or gaps that could cause further problems.
  • Rising damp in the walls which could lead to costly adjustments
  • Termites in the wood and other pests in the building
  • Other safety hazards

When should I get a building inspection?

There is no set rule about when you should get a building inspection, but here are some key steps in the process that you might want to consider:

  • Before you sign a contract

    Getting a building inspection before you sign a contract may seem early, but it is the best time so that you know exactly what you’re committing to, plus it ensures you’re getting the property at the best price. Knowing all the ins and outs of the building means you can negotiate on price with confidence and clarity. Booking your inspection before signing a contract also means you won’t be doing extra work during the settlement period. Plus, if you do discover something that makes you want to back out of the sale, you won’t be in danger of losing your deposit.

  • After signing a contract

    If you’ve found a place and already signed a contract, don’t worry, you still have time to do a building inspection. When you enter into a contract of sale for a property, in most states (and outside of auctions) you may still have time to back out of the sale, known as the cooling-off period. Getting a building inspection at this time can be crucial to give you a clear idea of what you’re buying, and any risks or damage you are taking on with this investment.

  • Not getting a building inspection

    Anyone involved with property transactions would encourage that you make sure you’ve done a building inspection. For your own due diligence and peace of mind, it’s a dangerous idea to proceed with a sale without one. There will be cases where it works out, but the unknowns of each building can contain some very costly issues.

How do I arrange a building inspection?

We’re glad you asked, and we’re here to help. Rapid Building Inspections help countless Australian home-buyers like you, every day. We want to make sure that every customer can approach this big transaction with confidence and clarity. We love what we do, and we’re here to make sure you get a fair deal and a great property. So give us a call today at 1300 407 341, and get the information you need from one of our team members.

Get in touch with the team at Rapid today
We are available 7-days a week

If you still have any questions, feel free to contact us, and we’d be more than happy to answer any questions you may have.

Lift-Off Hinges

Toilet doors are required to have lift-off hinges. This means that if someone gets trapped on the toilet, the door can be easily removed.
They are a type of hinge made up of two parts which allow door removal without the need to open the door. A suitable door latch should allow the door to be lifted upward and away even if it is in a locked position.

Leaky Gutters

Did you know that sagging ceilings may eventually worsen over time?
Water laying around the foundations of your property can potentially create conditions conducive for termites.
If the damage has already been done,and you live in Victoria RACV Home Assist might be able to help. Their rapid response service will send a fully-accredited tradesperson to your door and they’re available 24/7, 365 days a year.
They’ll do their best to fix the problem on the spot to make your home safe and secure. They can also provide expert advice on how to proceed if more extensive work is required to resolve your emergency.

Sagging Ceilings

Did you know that sagging ceilings may eventually worsen over time?
Your home’s foundations or frame can move, expand or shrink as temperatures rise and fall. This can cause movement or expansion in materials that are attached to or held up by the structure, including your plasterboard, cornices and ceiling.
These seemingly tiny movements can cause ceilings to warp, stretch, crack and sag Termites, water damage, leaks, undersized drywall and poor construction can cause a sagging ceiling. Poor construction can also cause the ceiling to sag.
Leaks from broken pipes, toilets, sinks and other appliances upstairs may result in a sagging ceiling if the water damage is severe. The water softens the wood and drywall which causes the ceiling to sag as time goes on.

Stairs

It is common for us to find steps that are not consistent in height. Inconsistent steps around your property can potentially create a trip hazard.
If risers are too large the stairs will be too steep and if the going is too small a person won’t be able to fit their foot on the tread.
Common trip hazards on stairs include uneven stair riser heights, different stair tread widths, ridges in floors or carpets, worn floor coverings or broken tiles, changes in floor level, lack of anti-slip surfaces.

Conducive Conditions

Conducive conditions for termites, the timber is in contact with the ground and plants are growing up against the house. The age of the building and timber types used in the construction both impact the susceptibility of timbers to termite attack.
Is there additional timber food source around and under the building? Are there any areas of excessive moisture? Drainage issues around and under the building, as well as internal leaks, which are considered highly conducive conditions for termite activity.
Other conditions conducive to termite activity are bridging or a breach of a termite management system.
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