What Is The Purpose Of Pre Purchase Pest Inspections And Report?
Pre-purchase pest inspection reports help to equip you with the knowledge of the true value of the property you are buying. They can aid in price negotiations with the seller to help you acquire a better deal. The main aim is to ensure that the property you are buying does not have any current pest infestations. But it will go further and identify structural defects that could result in a future infestation.
What do pest inspections involve?
A pest inspection is not as simple as a person going room to room looking for pests with their naked eye. It involves a keen inspection of the interior and exterior of your home, from your floors, walls, windows, door frames, cabinets, closets, crawl spaces, eaves, and down to your foundation. The inspector will methodically look for visible signs of pests in your property, and may also use specialised pest detection tools like motion detectors, moisture meters, and thermal imaging cameras.
Is pest inspection the same as termite inspection?
Pest inspections are not the same as termite inspections. A pest inspection, which really refers to a timber pest inspection, is a broader service that targets all kinds of wood-boring pests such as termites, carpenter ants, powder post beetles, and other borers. Pest inspection also covers fungal growth and delignification which is a chemical deterioration in timber. In Australia, the Australian Standard AS 4349.3 sets the standard of practice for a timber pest inspection. Meanwhile, a termite inspection only covers termites exclusively.
Does pest inspection include mould?
Timber pest inspections include fungus but not mould. This is due to the fact that mould is not a wood destroying organism. During a pest inspection, infestations and damages caused by wood destroying organisms are identified. A standard pest inspection report will also locate areas of excessive moisture in your property as this is a condition that will likely lead to future infestations. It just so happens that excessive moisture is conducive to the growth of mould, too.
What should I prepare for pre-purchase pest inspections?
Prior to a pest inspection, it helps to tidy your space to allow your inspector a smooth pest inspection process.
Timber pests often reside in walls so move the furniture towards the center of the room to allow your inspector quick access to the perimeter of each room. Remove stored items under the sink cabinet as moist areas are most susceptible to termite infestations. Clear the attic, garage, and crawl spaces, and provide safe and easy access to your roof and basement. Last but not the least, do some landscaping and trim plants that cover your exterior walls.