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Chapel Hill Building and Pest Inspections

Looking for an affordable Building and Pest Inspection in Chapel Hill?

Our customers enjoy:

  • Outstanding customer service, inspections carried out within 3 business days.
  • Commitment to emailing all reports on the same day as the inspection.
  • Our ability to answer all your questions and provide a full explanation of our findings.

Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne have been providing quality inspections to Chapel Hill home buyers for more than 10 years, with over 5000 satisfied customers. Our 3 day inspection turnaround, affordable prices guarantee and comprehensive reports have people coming back time and again.

To find out exactly what is included in our Building and Pest Inspections and why you need our detailed report, read on.

Google Rating
5.0
Based on 141 reviews

Our Reviews

Matt Lee
02:14 28 Sep 21
5 Star service - just check out the other reviews here.Paul contacted me directly on a Public Holiday (Grand Final Friday of all holidays) to advise that the inspection was booked for the following Monday.Wayne (Inspector) left me a voicemail on the Monday advising that the inspection was complete and the report would be sent to me by the following day. On Monday evening, I received the comprehensive report, which picked up a lot of minor issues that I had not even noticed, nor would have expected anyone else to have noticed.Great service, great blokes - can and will recommend them to everyone.
Nadia Bellofiore
06:06 22 Sep 21
Extremely quick turnaround, Paul had our prepurchase inspection booked in and conducted within a day of requesting. Report was thorough and pricing very reasonable. Thank you Paul and team!
Sammy D
21:27 21 Sep 21
I just got my Eynesbury home inspected before purchase and I was pleasantly shocked at how in depth the report and inspection was. The vendor said he spent over 2 hours and left not a single thing off the report .The price was 100 dollars less than the others I got quoted and let me tell you that I would of payed even more had I known just how good of a job he did.I now have peace of mind regarding my purchase as now I know the house was thoroughly inspected and my investment and family are safe.Thanks alot guys, I would recommend you to anyone I know needing your services.
David Brennan
19:33 15 Sep 21
STOP! If you’re looking for an inspection company, you don’t have to look any further. Put your pen down and pick your phone up and call Paul and his team right now. Price, highly competitive. Service, exceptional and was superior to any other mob I tried to engage. Technical expertise, outstanding - just take a look at sample reports on the website - mine was of similar depth and quality. Seriously, compared to the others around Melbourne, these guys are the best. There’s a reason so many people give them 5 stars. You can purchase or make decisions with confidence with these guys. Very friendly and helpful - and for me really went the extra mile. I will be highly recommending them to my family and friends. Stop reading this and give them a call :)
Scott McNaughton
00:04 15 Sep 21
Paul and his team saved us tens of thousands on our potential first home. Their thorough and comprehensive review provided us with some solid knowledge (which was easily understandable by two people with little to no building or pest knowledge) and whilst disappointing, it was certainly a relief that the things found in the report have saved us a lot of money and heartache down the line.They are personable, responsive and provide a great service which you can be comfortable with. We will definitely use Paul and his team next time we need a building and pest inspection on any prospective property and would not consider using anyone else.
Barry McGrath
10:51 14 Sep 21
Paul and his team were a pleasure to deal with. They did a fantastic job with our building and pest inspection, turning it around in a day! We really appreciate the thoroughness of the report, and the open communication with Wayne, the inspector. They were happy to to talk us through any follow-up questions.Couldn't recommend enough.
Maria Athena Koulaginis
00:21 09 Sep 21
I went to Google to decide which Building and pest inspection company to go with and am so glad I went with this company. As a first home buyer I was pleasantly surprised with the quality and extensiveness of the report as well as the customer service provided by Paul and Wayne. Any questions I had they answered and followed everything up for me on the day as well as organizing the inspection with the real estate. They have also made me feel comfortable to call or contact them with any further inquires and are prompt with responses. Couldn't recommend enough.
Elizabeth Nguyen
02:06 31 Aug 21
Highly recommend Paul and his team. As a first home buyer, it can become quite stressful dealing with unforeseen issues. Paul was more than happy to help after explaining my situation and raising my concerns with him during our phone call. We required a structural engineer to inspect a property my partner and I had an interest in. Paul took no time at all to organise an inspection date with the real estate agent, communicate with the engineer and send the report to us. Thank you so much! You will definitely hear from me in the future.

Why are Building and Pest Inspection Chapel Hill different from the rest?

Guaranteed Service

Appointments Within 3 days - guaranteed!

We promise to have your building and pest report within a maximum of 3 business days from the time you book with us.

same day report

Same day report delivery

Your comprehensive building and pest report with photos is emailed on the same day as your inspection.

We take time to explain our findings

Your inspector will speak directly with you after the inspection in person or by phone.

Fully licensed and insured

Your Inspector is an experienced, fully insured and licensed building and pest inspector.

Competitive pricing

Our very reasonable fees keep us in constant demand for new clients and referrals.

Recommended by property professionals

Many of our customers are referred by buyer’s agents, mortgage brokers & conveyancers.

Valuable advice

Our knowledgeable staff will go beyond your expectations to provide valuable advice on if the property is likely to contain asbestos, estimated cost of repairs and even builder’s advice if you’re thinking about doing some DIY renovations.

Get piece of mind in your purchase decision

If you’re buying a property, there are generally two experts on your side, your conveyancer and your Building and Pest Inspector. Conveyancers trust our reports and refer their clients to our inspection service because it has been refined over the years to deliver all you need, plus anything else you desire, for complete peace of mind, BEFORE you make an unconditional offer on a house.

Step 1.

How do I book and then what happens?

For bookings, all we need is your first name, mobile & email, inspection address, agent name & number. We contact the agent to arrange access, then we email you the confirmation details.

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Step 2.

BUILDING INSPECTIONS TO AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS 4349.1

Our Pest and Building Inspectors are skilled & fully insured Licenced Builders.

Our Building Inspection is a visual inspection of all accessible areas of the interior, roof void, sub-floor & exterior of the property to detect safety hazards, major defects, minor defects & general maintenance.

Our Building Inspection report gives you Peace of Mind that the house is structurally sound.

Step 3.

PEST INSPECTIONS TO AUSTRALIAN STANDARDS 4349.3

Our Pest Inspectors are qualified with full Professional Indemnity insurance.

We do a thorough visual inspection of all accessible areas including the interior, roof void, sub-floor, & exterior of the property for termites & termite damage using state of the art Termite Detection technology, including a moisture meter and a thermal tool to detect termite movement in the walls.

NOTE: Moisture is the cause of ALL termite problems. We apply our Moisture Meter extensively to identify leaks and dampness issues, commonly found in the wet areas.

Our Pest Inspection report gives you Peace of Mind that the house is termite free.

Step 4.

WE EXPLAIN OUR FINDINGS

We take time to explain our findings clearly and simply. Your inspector will speak directly with you after the inspection in person or by phone. You are welcome to call the inspector back after reading your reports.

We will discuss any MAJOR ISSUES with you to help you make any important decisions such as negotiating on price, asking for defects to be repaired or terminating the contract.

Discuss your building and pest inspection findings

Step 5.

PRE-PURCHASE BUILDING AND PEST REPORT

Our comprehensive Building & Pest Inspection report gives you the Peace of Mind and knowledge you need to complete, renegotiate, or terminate, this property purchase with confidence. One or more photos are included to highlight each defect.

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A comprehensive pre purchase property inspection for your peace of mind

We take our responsibility as your trusted advisor seriously, going above and beyond your expectations.

Wet Areas

WATER IS, hands down, the #1 CAUSE OF COSTLY Building Defects and ALL Termite Problems. We heavily utilize our moisture meters to identify problems relating to leaking and dampness issues, most commonly found in wet areas.

Electrical Checks

We conduct the electrical checks that we can by law, including turning on light switches to check for flickering; the condition of the meter box; plus the presence of smoke alarms and safety switches.

Plumbing Checks

Our plumbing checks include flushing toilets to check function and drainage; plus the gutters and downpipes for rust, damage and blockages. We also turn on taps to check for hammering and poor drainage.

Yard

In the yard we note defects to boundary fences and gates, the clothesline, garden shed, paths, driveways and retaining walls. The yard is more often less well maintained with more major defects and safety hazards found.

Roof Exterior

On the roof exterior we check the condition of cladding, fascia/barge boards, flashings, gutters and downpipes, the soffit/eaves and valleys. Broken tiles, rust and water damage are noted. Fungal growth is a sign that water is pooling

Masonry Walls

Masonry walls are closely examined for defects such as bricks fretting, cracking, damp damage, differential damage, inadequate joint sealant, mortar eroding, blocked vents, visible flashings and weep hole ventilation.

Exterior

In the exterior, we note the condition of paint, any damp damage or cladding defects; maintenance items for outdoor structures including decks, balconies, patios, verandahs or pergolas; plus defects and safety hazards relating to handrails, steps, stairs and ramps.

Interior

In the interior, all rooms are inspected for building defects to the ceiling, doors, floor, painting, walls and windows. We carefully check if the floors are levels, windows and doors function normally and other signs of movement relating to major structural defects.

Laundry & Kitchen

In the laundry and kitchen, we also note visible defects to bench tops, doors, drawers and cabinets; sinks, splashbacks, taps and waste traps. The range hood fan is tested for function. Common defects include failed or inadequate waterproofing plus leaking taps and pipes.

Bathrooms

Built elements that commonly have defects due to wear and tear in bathrooms include the vanity, basin, bath, mirror, shower, shower screen, splashbacks, taps, waste traps, toilet cistern and pan. Ventilation, and exhaust fan function, is noted.

Roof Space/Void

In the roof space we identify any issues relating to coverage, framing, insulation, parti wall and sarking. We commonly find insufficient insulation, even in new homes. Even when there is sufficient insulation we try our best to enter the roof void to traverse all accessible areas.

Subfloor/Underfloor Space

For structural reasons, it is very important to check the condition of bearers, joists, piers or stumps; note any cracked or leaking pipes, dampness, ventilation or drainage issues. We recommend removal of debris or stored items that encourage termites and other pests including rodents!

What does a Pre Purchase Pest Inspection look for?

Our pre purchase Pest Inspection investigates for signs of termite damage, live termites and conducive conditions that could lead to termite attack. We report on whether the property has a current termite management system and we advise what you can do to reduce the risk of termite attack to protect your valuable asset

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Melbourne’s ‘declared Termite Zones’

In Chapel Hill, your Council may designate areas within the municipality in which buildings are likely to be subject to attack by termites.

Termite control measures are required for any new building, including alterations and extensions constructed within specified termite-prone zones under the regulations.

So, if you are buying an established property in a Declared Termite Area, does this increase your risk of termite attack?

Quick answer: No, as Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne has uncovered termites in every suburb of Melbourne. Yep, all of Melbourne is at risk of termite infestation IF there are conducive conditions on your property.

Conditions Conducive to Termite Attack

All homeowners dread termite infestations due to the excessive damage and long term effects it can have on the structural integrity of the property. In Melbourne suburbs, most termite problems are caused by the Coptotermes termites, a species that can travel up to 50 metres from their nest and are drawn to damp timber. This species of termite builds their nests at the bottom of trees, but they can also be found in sub-floors that have poor drainage or ventilation.

To identify termites, inspectors will visually view the sub-floor, slab edge and weep holes, so it’s important to keep these areas clear of obstructions. It’s also important to keep vegetation at bay. Termites can travel up stumps, external walls and over the slab edge to enter the property via weep holes. Any overhanging vegetation should be cleared so the inspector can locate any potential termite problems.

Inspectors at Building and Pest Inspection Melbourne also use non-invasive moisture meters and Termatrac with thermal radar methods to locate termites. If we find an area with high moisture, we apply Termatrac to identify if there are termites present.

Why Choose OUR Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection Report

  1. A Building and Pest inspection report can help locate any defects with the property and save you money by finding serious issues that could cost you in the future if not identified. 
  2. Our inspection reports locate a range of issues on the property, from leaking taps to more serious problems such as termite infestation or structural damage. 
  3. You may have the opportunity to pull out of the contract if the report’s results are unsatisfactory. 
  4. However, withdrawing from the contract isn’t your only option. If issues are found, the vendor may agree to decrease the price of the property or even fix the problems before settlement. 
  5. Many of our clients are able to negotiate discounts on the purchase price after a pre-purchase Building and Pest inspection report. 

How is a Building and Pest Inspection Incorporated Into a Contract of Sale?

When you purchase a property by private treaty, a Building and Pest clause allows you to organise a qualified building and pest inspector to provide a written report on the condition of the property within a set time period.  This will help you identify problems such as termite infestation or other significant building defects before the contract goes unconditional. 

Standard contracts also offer a 3-day cooling off period. We guarantee to provide a Building and Pest inspection report within 3 days, so remember to organise your inspection right away after your offer is accepted.

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If a Property is Under Auction, Should I Organise a Building and Pest Inspection?

If the property is going to auction, your only option is to inspect PRIOR to making a BID. Some buyers and vendors prefer to do the Building and Pest inspection before signing any contracts to avoid the need for a subject to Building and Pest clause in the contract. If conditional finance is also approved or it is a cash sale, this removes contract risk.

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