What Is a Pest Inspection Report?

Everything you need to know about a pest inspection report.

A building inspection report is primarily focused on identifying major visible issues at the time of the inspection, including visual damage caused by pests like termites. However, it won’t include information on the ongoing presence of termites and other pests. Hence, you can consider getting a pest inspection conducted, especially if the property is located where termites are a known problem.

What is a pest inspection?

It examines a property to check for potential pest infestation or pest-related damage. Getting a pest inspection provides a comprehensive understanding of a property’s condition before you commit your hard-earned cash. It can help you avoid properties with pest damage that could be costly to repair.

Why should I consider a pest inspection report?

Unlike a basic building inspection, a pest inspection will highlight the ongoing presence of pests or any pest-related damage, whilst being able to recommend people who can assist with addressing the issues.

What information is included in a pest inspection report?

While the format, details and cost can vary, a typical report will include:

  • Documentation of major hazards, such as structural issues or the potential presence of asbestos
  • An evaluation of minor defects, such as expected property maintenance requirements
  • An overview on the presence and functioning of termites or timber pests
  • An assessment of any present conditions that may attract or facilitate termite or timber pest infestation
  • Information outlining what may be required to address defects or issues
  • Recommendations of appropriate tradespeople to perform the necessary actions

The pest inspector will typically inspect:

  • Every room of your home
  • Sub floor
  • Roof voids
  • Outbuildings such as sheds
  • Fences
  • Stumps
  • Retaining walls

Who should conduct a pest inspection?

Make sure you always engage with a qualified professional with relevant experience such as a:

  • Licensed builder
  • Surveyor
  • Architect

How much does a pest inspection cost?

A pest inspection usually costs a few hundred dollars, depending on the scope of the inspection and whether it is bundled with a building inspection or not.

This article is intended to provide general information only. It does not have regard to the financial situation or needs of any reader and must not be relied upon as financial product advice. Please consider seeking financial advice before making any decision based on this information.‍

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