Termites damage more than 180,000 Australian homes annually. The estimated cost of this damage is in the range of over 1 billion dollars. Termites are social insects that are ground inhabiting and live in colonies. Several million individuals may be present in a well-established colony.
It is highly recommended to have a professional timber pest inspection undertaken prior to buying a home. Termite damage can be costly to repair and it is best to ensure the home is termite free prior to settlement.
Australian standard AS 4349.3 is the only recognised standard for pre-purchase timber pest inspections and Master Building Inspectors only recommends suitably qualified and insured businesses that can meet these requirements.
Please note that a building inspection report is different to a pest inspection report. A pre-purchase building report will identify any damage as a result of termites, but it won’t detail if termites or other timber destroying pests are present.
Please contact us of further advice.