Building and Pest Inspections Explained

What Is Included In Building and Pest Inspections

What Is Included In Building and Pest Inspections

We often have people ask us about the building & pest inspection process and what is involved. This post will outline the different kinds of inspections which apply to both homes and larger buildings. We will outline both the pest and building inspections and the areas they cover.


Pest Inspections

Pest Inspections

Pest inspections are necessary for the detection of termites and other household pests that sometimes inhabit homes. It is done professionally as these pests are sometimes difficult to locate. The process can be a lengthy one as they are sometimes so far embedded into the crevices and corners, that only the professional inspectors can find them. They are also trained to know exactly where pests are located. Inspectors are equipped with the necessary tools and expertise to ensure that your premises are properly inspected for household pests. Pests include termites, cockroaches, rats and mice as well as other wood borers.

Building Inspection

Building Inspections

Building inspections, on the other hand, are done specifically for defects or issues that may arise with the building. These can be any defect, rising mold, movement of the foundation, cracking, peeling or paling of the masonry work. Damage that is structural deformity, mortar fretting, corrosion, drainage on the surface, decayed materials, plumbing, flashing, inadequate ventilation, protruding tree roots, tacky workmanship, sub-standard materials and other types of problems that are associated with the building. These problems need to be addressed before the premises are occupied, leased or sold.

Building inspection reports cover certain areas such as:

  • The inside of a building
  • The outside of the building
  • The roof itself
  • The space under the floor
  • The outside of the roof

The areas that are checked are:

  • The carport, garage and garden shed
  • The laundry area or the toilet
  • Retaining walls
  • Stairs
  • Fence
  • Plumbed areas
  • Driveways or paths
  • Storm-water drains


If you need them to check for asbestos or the presence of carbon monoxide, you will have to request it as a standard building inspection will not cover it.

What to expect from your Building and Pest Inspectors

What To Expect From Building Inspectors

Many times when building and pest inspections are requested, people are unaware of exactly what the process entails. The requirements of a building and pest inspector is that he be certified and licensed. The services are often requested by people who wish to have the inspection performed on their property, or one that is being considered for sale. Professional inspectors are fully certified and licensed to do pre-purchase, termite, building and pest inspections. They can guarantee you an accurate quote and the peace of mind that comes from knowing that you are dealing with professionals.

It is important for business and property owners to get their premises regularly checked for pests. They can infest an area in no time and can be difficult to get rid of. Any condition which can be of detriment to your property should be identified as early as possible and eradicated. Pests tend to be very persistent and can wreak havoc on your property if you are not vigilant. You can arrange to have a regular inspection to prevent such an occurrence. The deterioration that these pests may cause can become a very expensive problem to deal with. This is one area that should by no means be compromised on when you prepare your building for occupancy, rent, lease, purchase or sale. This one step can boost your bargaining skills if you are purchasing or selling a property.

What does the report detail?

Inspection Reports

Pest Inspection Reports

The pest inspection report will detail whether or not there are pests in existence on the property, the type, the seriousness of the damage that is caused by these pests, evidence of eggs, conditions that may cause these pests to breed, such as poorly ventilated areas, excessively moist areas, location of nests, potential of these pests developing over time. The inspector will use tools such as moisture meters, tappers, radar detector, thermal imaging cameras and other types of tools to carry out the inspection. The pest report is different from that of a building inspection report.

Some additional information that is contained in the report are:

  • The property owners name and address
  • The reason that the inspection is carried out
  • The date and scope of the report
  • The inspector will list any areas that were not included on the report
  • Their recommendations
  • Summary
  • Problems that will need to be addressed

Building Inspection Reports

The building inspection report details the damage, structural or otherwise, that was caused to the building, whether by termites or other means. It does not include the details of pest existence, such as is on the Pest Inspection Report. There are several different types of inspections that are performed, you just have to request it. You can visit their website and request a quote to get your inspection started.

The summary of the report is perhaps the most important aspect of it. It provides a brief synopsis of the inspectors findings. It lists major faults and also tells of the condition of the place with regards of the age of the property and the type of property.