Pre-purchase Building and Pest Inspections

Pre-purchase Building and Pest Inspections

We offer Pre-purchase Building and Pest Inspections. Getting the right trades to inspect your next investment is essential. You will be provided with 2 separate reports with photographs so you know exactly what you are buying. Have one of our licensed pest technicians conduct a free on-site assessment & quote. Fill in the form or call 1300 81 81 33 to book your assessment today.

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We always recommend that a pre-purchase Building and Timber pest inspection is carried out by an experienced builder AND Experienced Pest Management technician. The AEPMA Code of practice for prior to purchase timber pest inspection states “The assessment of a property for Timber Pests is a specialist process and requires an inspection dedicated to their detection.

It is best practice to carry out a Timber Pest Inspection on its own, as an inspector who also carries out another type of inspection (such as a concurrent building inspection) can not maintain the level of focus required to meet the benchmark set by this Code of Practice.”

It also states “In addition the Specialist Timber Pest Inspector must have had a minimum of two years’ experience in pest management that must have included active Timber Pest management.” There are alot of builders with a timber pest management licence that do not have the experience in timber pest control required.

If you book a pre-purchase timber pest inspection you will be dealing with a seperate Experienced timber pest expert and a Experienced building inspector.

What are we looking for during a timber pest inspection?

A timber pest inspection is extremely beneficial to the building owner. We do not just inspect for timber pests or evidence of timber pests we look for conditions that are conducive to timber pests. This means that you will be receiving a detailed report with photographs on the condition of the building.

The report will be filled with maintenance advice including things like drainage, the condition of the roof, structural posts, external walls, water tanks, overgrown garden beds, tree stumps externally. We check every wall inside the house for moisture. Bhind shower recesses, laundrys, around toilet areas, bathrooms and kitchens.

A slow leak could be causing significant wood decay inside the walls of the structure and attracting termites and other timber pests to the building. The photos below are an example of the extent of concealed damage termites can cause when undetected water leaks are present.

Termites eat timber and timber products or any other materials containing their main food source which is cellulose. Almost every home and business contains untreated timber that termites can eat. They cause huge amounts of damage that homeowners and businesses are completely unaware of.

Termites stay beneath the ground or when infesting timber, concealed in shelter tubes. Termites have very soft exoskeletons (bodies), forcing them to remain concealed from cool air and dry heat. To survive they have to remain in almost 100% humidity. Due to this “secretive” behaviour they gain undetected entry to structures and cause huge amounts of damage before the property owner becomes aware.

Our SAYFER Termite Inspection Reports

We only use report formats which meet Australian standards and are approved by our insurers. Our report details the areas inspected, the observations of the technician, the termite risk level and finally, recommendations to minimise that risk.

If we find termites, don’t worry you are in good hands. Our pest controllers will:


Thoroughly assess and determine the full extent of the infestation and any resultant damage.


Take all practical steps to locate the termite entry points – locating the entry point is not always achievable given most termite entry is concealed but, if it can be found, it can be sealed to stop future entry.


Precisely identify the termite species – knowing and understanding the habits of the species allows for more effective, long term termite control.


After we’ve located and identified the termites, we’ll provide you a full assessment of our findings.


Our job isn’t done just yet. We’ll give you detailed advice on the treatment options we would suggest for you current termite situation.


It’s time for us to carry out the treatments to our strict quality standards and specifications that we stand behind with all of us customers.

The unique SAYFER process

Integrated Systems

Using Integrated Pest Management, our technicians work with you to provide complete household pest control for our customers.

Careful Assessment

We assess any property we visit first and establish a plan that keeps you informed and educated throughout the process.

Tailored Treatment

We offer a variety of treatments and reporting options depending on the situation.

Systematic Elimination

Then we will systematically eliminate all problems, carry out detailed house pest inspections and deliver all reporting on completion of the job.

Unique Aftercare

But we do not stop there. If termites are an issue, SAYFER will add you to our stay in touch program and send you reminder videos and educational materials via email or hyperlinks throughout the year to keep you and your home safe and protected from termite attack.