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Residential Property Report

Why you need a property inspection

A thorough pre-purchase inspection report by Restwell Consulting Services will find out if that dream home is really a dream home or a repair-riddled nightmare. It gives the buyer written proof of a property's condition to compliment proof of legal title. Everyone agrees that purchasers have a right to know what they are buying.

With Restwell Consulting Services, buyers find out before it's too late, before they're hit with expensive repair bills. Restwell Consulting Services is only a tiny percentage of the purchase price... excellent "insurance" value by any standard.

Without it, there's a very real risk of buying a property with severe defects, such as settlement cracks, rising damp, structural faults and sagging roofs, illegal drainage and construction, or ruinous timber pest damage.

Most properties inspected, even new ones, have serious unexpected issues or matters needing further investigation. Fewer than 10%of properties seen by Restwell Consulting Services are free of any major faults.

A Property Inspection of new properties will help identify all the defective and incomplete work contractors leave you to live with. Flats and strata properties need careful inspection too.

What's included in a property inspection After a detailed on-site inspection, Restwell Consulting Services provide a comphrensive and clearly-written report which summarises the major problems.

Written reports are available within 48 hours of inspection and an urgent 24 hour service can be arranged

Timber Pest Inspection Report.

This Report should be solely concerned with investigation within the property of critical joinery and all structural timbers.

The Report should include an identifiable summary on whether the property is sound and/or free of destructive timber pest attack, and provide a detailed listing of all the areas inspected, such as:

  1. material of construction;
  2. condition of material;
  3. timber pest activity, if any;
  4. Access.

Where there has been damage, the Report should identify the location and its extent.

The inspection process

Access is essential for a timber pest inspection because the focus of the inspection is on structural timbers. Where the structure is obscured accurate detection of any timber pest activity is impossible. Needless to say, properties with predominantly timber structures require frequent monitoring. Some vendors may not permit cutting of access traps and may even hamper or obscure access. In these cases, the purchaser should be warned of the worst possible scenarios. In other areas, physical access may not be possible. Examples include the interiors of flat roofs and sub-floor spaces where there is not enough crawling space. Skilled inspectors can still make use of "other symptoms" and tell-tale signs that may hint at a major pest problem.

What to do

About one property in twelve will have some major timber pest damage or infestation. Many of the problems can be remedied with one of these options:

  1. Replacement of timbers with the correct, durable, ones.
  2. Reducing the preconditions for attack.
  3. Chemical treatment.

Chemical treatment is only one of the weapons available in the arsenal. Some progressive pest companies are now recognizing that changing the micro-ecology within the property is the preferred option. This is often more effective than indiscriminate use of some toxic pesticides, some of which are now banned overseas. During construction, pre-treatment for termite prevention may also be advisable. Wherever there has been treatment, a durable, easily readable, notice should be fixed to all entries to the sub-floor area.

What to look for

The following list identifies the likely findings in many properties:

  1. Assume that every subfloor has had chemical treatment. Therefore, do not allow children and pets into the subfloor area or around the perimeter of external walls.
  2. Furniture beetles should be expected in any old pine floor. In extreme cases, the entire floor may have to be replaced, but infestation may affect less than 20 per cent of the floor, with little actual effect on use of property. Furniture beetle is extremely difficult to eradicate.
  3. Wet rot has often damaged timber in contact with:
    1. damp subfloor walls;
    2. wet areas, such as around baths and showers;
    3. Soil.
  4. The use of unsuitable choice of timbers for external structures and joinery which leads to accelerated deterioration of joints and ends of timber.
  5. Subfloor areas are a likely dumping ground for all forms of debris, especially formwork and timbers from previous building activities.
  6. Ventilation to the subfloor is often inadequate or obstructed. Cross-ventilation is nullified by lack of penetration in internal foundation walls.
  7. Roof, surface or subsoil or defective sewer drainage often discharges water into the subfloor area.
  8. Where timbers are concealed, expect some future pest problem in about 5 per cent of cases.

How much do timber pest inspections cost?

The cost of pest inspections varies, please contact Restwell Consulting Services (phone 1300 552 262) for an estimate. The time required to complete an inspection should range between 40 and 80 minutes, depending on the size of property and the ease of its access. Where a timber pest inspection is involved, this additional time on site enables an extremely detailed appraisal of any potential pest problem.

Recommendations and conclusions

Local councils and the construction industry do not enforce the use of appropriate durable timbers for structural purposes. For instance, Oregon and untreated radiata pine should never be used externally, unless well protected. There are no licensing requirements for pest inspectors, so their technical training should be determined. Timber Pest Inspectors should have both pest and building qualifications, and should promote fact, not fear, about whatever they discover.

Contact us if you have any questions with regard to our services and fees. Our friendly staff will be happy to assist.