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Hawthorne Building and Pest Inspections

Need an affordable Building and Pest Inspection in Hawthorne? Home buyers in the Hawthorne area have been using our company since 2010, with more than 5000 happy clients. Within 3 business days we guarantee a Hawthorne Building and Pest Inspection, carried out by a qualified, licenced builder – with same-day report. Building and Pest Inspection Brisbane customer reviews show that we provide:

Continue reading for a rundown of what’s included in our Building and Pest Inspections and why you need our comprehensive report when you’re purchasing a new property.

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Customer Feedback

Joanna Reyes
08:02 05 Apr 22
Had Building and Pest done a couple of months ago and super happy with the result. They are very thorough and picked up on a lot of things we would have never even knew existed. Just reading the indepth report shows how much knowledge Paul has in the field, you definitely need to choose them! Prompt response when first enquiring, and worth every cent! Definitely recommend.
nghia truong phuoc
07:43 16 Mar 22
Great service! Highly recommend. I have requested a couple of inspections and Paul always responded to my requests very quickly. The inspections were performed within two days and the reports are clear, detailed and helpful.
Anandita Bhatt
23:30 02 Mar 22
It was perfect. Paul was extremely helpful throughout the process.
Alexandra Hollis
02:27 23 Feb 22
I contacted Paul on a Monday and received the report Wednesday morning. Quick, comprehensive, and professional! Would recommend.
Polly Kay
03:04 09 Feb 22
Tyron Hapi
05:26 08 Feb 22
Very quick end efficient. 10/10
Wei Li
11:08 30 Dec 21
I contacted Paul for a building inspection in a short notice. He called me back and scheduled an appointment very quickly. Inspection was conducted by Michael, who discussed with me about some severe issues while he was conducting the inspection. Next day, I received his professional report. I negotiated the price with the vendor by presenting the inspection report, a piece of strong evidence. In my opinion, Michael and Paul are one of the best inspectors I have ever met. Strongly recommend this team!
Jidi Sun
23:04 22 Dec 21
Honest and professional team. I got valuable tips from them. Highly recommend to others for their services.

Why are Building and Pest Inspection Hawthorne different from the rest?

Guaranteed Service

Appointments Within 3 days - guaranteed!

We ensure that your building and pest inspection report will be received within a maximum of 3 business days from when you book.

same day report

Same day report delivery

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

Personalised service

We follow up with a straightforward breakdown of the findings from your inspection report to ensure you understand what was found.

Highly experienced

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

Cost effective

Very reasonable prices keep us constantly in demand with new customers 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?

To book we just need 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.

PEST & 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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Move forward with your purchase confidently with a comprehensive pre purchase property inspection

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!

Why get a Pre Purchase Pest Inspection?

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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Declared Termite Areas Brisbane

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

The Regulations require all new buildings, including alterations and extensions, built within designated termite-infested areas, to have management against termite attack.

So when you buy a well-established home in a declared termite area does it increase your risk of having termites attack?

The short answer is no, because Building and Pest Inspection Brisbane have found termites in suburbs all over Brisbane. Yes, all of Brisbane is at risk of termite attack IF conducive conditions exist at your property.

Conditions Favourable to Termite Attack

For many property owners, termites are their worst nightmare. They can cause thousands of dollars worth of damage and decrease the value of your property.

One of the most common species of termites that causes major damage in the Hawthorne area is Coptotermes. This species can search for food for up to 50 metres from their nest and are attracted to wet timber.

Coptotermes can be found nesting at the base of trees, but have also been known to build nests in sub-floors or other areas that have poor ventilation or drainage.

To help a termite inspector locate possible termite infestation, it’s important to remove any obstructions surrounding the sub-floor, slab edge or weep holes. It’s also important to remove any vegetation before the inspection. The inspector will inspect the full exterior and interior perimeters of your property for any termites crawling up stumps, external walls or over the edge of the slab into weep holes.

Building and Pest inspectors can also locate termites using more non-invasive techniques. These include our moisture meter and Termatrac with thermal radar. If a damp area in your property is identified, we use the Termatrac to find out if there are termites present inside the walls.

Five reasons you need OUR comprehensive pre-purchase Building & 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 Subject to Building and Pest Clause Included in a Contract of Sale?

 

When you buy a home, a Building and Pest clause should be in place as a condition of the contract. This clause enables you to employ a qualified building and pest inspector to generate a report within a time period and avoid purchasing a property with significant building defects or termite infestation. 

With standard contracts you also have a three day cooling off period. At Building and Pest Inspection Brisbane we guarantee that your report will be completed within three days of booking your inspection, so reach out to us as soon as your offer is accepted by the vendor.

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

The only way to get a Building and Pest inspection for a property under auction is to book it prior to signing the contract. This is a common option for buyers and vendors who don’t want to add a subject to Building and Pest clause into the contract. When finance is approved or it’s a cash sale, it also decreases additional contract risk.

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Hawthorne real estate and population statistics

Suburb 5 year population change Population 2016 Population 2011 Total houses 2016 Total units 2016 Median monthly mortgage repayment 2016 Median weekly rent 2016
Hawthorne 214 4989 4775 1308 491 $2,600 $420

Hawthorne is a suburb of Brisbane East. Hawthorne population increased from 4775 to 4989 between 2011 and 2016 Census, an increase of 214. In 2016, Hawthorne real estate consists of 1308 houses and 491 units. In 2016, Hawthorne median monthly mortgage repayment of $2600 and median weekly rent of $420. [Source ABS]

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