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Waterford Building and Pest Inspections

Buying a property in Waterford? Since 2010, Building and Pest Inspection Brisbane has completed more than 5000 inspections within the Waterford area. Our comprehensive pre-purchase Building and Pest inspections are fully guaranteed to be completed by a licenced builder within 3 days – at an affordable price. Our reviews reflect the quality and value of our inspections and our customer’s value:

Keep reading to find out what’s included in our Building and Pest Inspection and why you need our Building and Pest Inspection report.

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Alexander Gleeson
03:18 22 May 22
We would highly recommend Paul’s business. Paul promptly followed up and arranged the inspection with the agent the next business day. We received a thorough report and Mohammad was available to talk through the detail and answer our questions. The report itself was incredibly thorough and revealed several major defects which influenced our decision to not purchase the property in question. A small investment which saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars in potential repairs. Thank you Paul!
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!

What Makes Us The Best

Guaranteed Service

3 Day appointment turnaround

We guarantee a maximum of 3 business days turnaround from booking to receive your building and pest report.

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'll follow up with a no-nonsense breakdown of the findings of your report to ensure you understand the report's findings

Highly experienced

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.

Favoured by property professionals

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

We go the extra mile

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.

We are on your side & we are here to help you!

For most people when they purchase a property there are usually two experts on your side, your conveyancer and your Building and Pest Inspector. Conveyancers rely on our reports and refer clients to our inspection service because we’ve perfected it since 2010 to give you EVERYTHING you need, plus any extras you may wish for peace of mind, BEFORE you invariably buy a house.

Step 1.

What happens when I make a booking?

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 Building Inspectors are experienced & 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 will give you Peace of Mind that the property 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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Comprehensive Pre Purchase Building 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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Brisbane’s ‘declared Termite Zones’

In Waterford, 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 Brisbane has uncovered termites in every suburb of Brisbane. Yep, all of Brisbane is at risk of termite infestation IF there are conducive conditions on your property.

Conditions Encouraging Termites

For homeowners, termites can be a huge problem. They can cause a large amount of damage and can significantly decrease the value of your property.

In the Waterford area, the species that causes the most destruction are the Coptotermes Termites. This particular species can travel up to 50 meres from their nests and are lured by moist timber. Most of the time Coptotermes build their nests at the bases of trees, but at Building and Pest Inspection Brisbane we have also found them nesting in areas with low ventilation or poor drainage such as sub-floors.

Termites can gain entry into your property by travelling up old tree stumps, outside walls or over slab edges into the weep holes. It’s recommended that you remove any overhanging vegetation near your property to make it easier for our inspector to carry out an inspection of the full external perimeter. Sub-floors should also be clear, to allow for inspection around the full internal perimeter walls.

Non-invasive methods of termite control are also employed by our pest inspectors. They use a moisture meter and Termatrac with thermal radar. When a high moisture area is located, we apply Termatrac to determine if there are any termites within the walls.

5 Reasons Why OUR In-depth Pre-Purchase Building and Pest Inspection Report is Best

  1. Buying a property is a huge investment. You can protect this investment with our pre-purchase inspection and identify any problems before they become a future liability, costing you more in the long run. 
  2. Our Building and Pest inspectors are fully trained to locate issues big and small, from leaking taps to termite infestations and serious structural damage. 
  3. Gain the right to withdraw from the contract if the report findings aren’t satisfactory. 
  4. Instead of terminating the contract, a vendor may decide to decrease the purchase price of the property or fix the issues prior to settlement. 
  5. It’s common for our client’s to negotiate substantial discounts on the purchase price after a pre-purchase Building and Pest inspection.

How is a Subject to Building and Pest Clause Included in 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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Waterford 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
Waterford 1553 5484 3931 1675 79 $1,907 $400

Waterford is a suburb of Logan. Waterford population increased from 3931 to 5458 between 2011 and 2016 Census, an increase of 1553. In 2016, Waterford real estate consists of 1675 houses and 79 units. In 2016, Waterford median monthly mortgage repayment of $1907 and median weekly rent of $400. [Source ABS]

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