FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who arranges my building and pest inspection?
We will liaise with the current tenants, agents or sellers to arrange for access to the property. We will then confirm with email and phone call of the time organised.
Is a building and pest inspections always necessary?
For a relatively small investment of a few hundred dollars, a combined building and pest inspection can give you complete peace of mind that the property you’re buying is structurally sound and free of potentially damaging pests. As a seller, an inspection can also give you confidence that the house you’re selling is of a good condition and you won’t get any surprises when the buyer gets their own inspection done.
How many inspectors will be inspecting the house?
1 or 2.
Do you inspect the roof void?
Yes. If your roof void is easily accessible and safe to access then we will inspect it. If the inspector deems that the roof void is unsafe to enter, then they will do all that they can to inspect it by other means. This may involve a visual inspection from the manhole or an exterior roof inspection. The report will clearly outline how the roof void was inspected and if there were any impediments.
If I have a concrete slab, do I still need a timber pest inspection?
Yes. This is important as there is no sub floor for the inspector to assess due to the concrete being on the ground. Termites only need very small gaps in the concrete to gain access to timber structure (e.g. gaps around pipes, electrical cables, through covered weep holes etc).
I have a steel framed house, do I still need a building and pest inspection?
Yes. Steel framed houses still contain a number of elements which are made of timber such as doors, cabinets, window frames etc which are all prone to termite infestations. Also, the building inspection itself can reveal if there are any structural elements to the house that are unsatisfactory.
How long does the inspection take?
On average, a combined building and pest inspection will take between 45 and 90 minutes to complete. This depends largely on the size of the house, any difficulties during the inspection and sometimes if the house is older, this may take longer to inspect.
Do you use thermal imaging/infrared cameras?
Yes, All our inspectors use thermal imaging. This will show up things that are not perceptible to the human eye such as a water leak or a termite infestation.
How can I obtain a building and pest inspection quote?
Please contact us on 1800 60 90 66 or email us at Adelaide@bpic.com.au
What experience do your inspectors have?
BPI Adelaide’s inspectors are fully licensed and insured and have passed rigorous training and examinations to become qualified building and pest inspectors. Collectively, they have over 40 years of industry experience. Our inspector, Stephen Sentschuk, has been actively working in the building industry for over 30 years and has gained qualifications as both a building and pest inspector. Our Inspector, Nathan Lawlor, has been in the pest Control industry for over 10 years and is a qualified pest inspector and has conducted over 12 000 property inspections, over 10 years.
When do I get my building inspection report?
You will get your building / pest inspection report usually within 3 – 4 hours of the inspection via email in PDF format. If you do not have email than we canexpress post report. This will incur an extra $50 handling fee.
What locations do you service?
Metro / Greater Adelaide Region, Adelaide Hills Region, Barossa & Clare Region, Victor Harbour & Carackalinga Regions, Yorke Peninsula.
Can we come out to the inspection?
Yes you can, however please let the agent our office know who will in turn instruct you on times to be there. This way a summary of property can be obtained face to face with the inspector.
Do you provide costs to repair items?
We can only give you a verbal estimate of costs to rectify defects. We strongly recommend you get a proper quotation for works by a properly qualified tradesperson / company.
Can we use the report to negotiate sales price with agent?
No. The report is a guide to defects that exist and the structural integrity of the property in question. It is there for you to make an informed decision about the property and avoid any nasty or costly surprises. Most agents will listen to your concerns and discuss options with the vendor to overcome these concerns. Common sense prevails and communication is the key.