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Building and Pest Inspection

Other Names

Pre-purchase building and pest Inspection

Building and pest defect inspection

Pre-sale Pest and building inspection

Building and pest Condition report

Building Inspection

Basically It is a thorough inspection for building defects, termites and pest.  It involves the inspection of a building (apartment, townhouse, house or any commercial ) for the presence of any significant building defects or problems such as rising damp, movement in the walls (cracking), safety hazards or a faulty roof.  It also covers the pest inspection which involves the scanning of building any present and future risk of pest and termites.  These days many hi-tech tools are used such as SONAR equipped sensor and cameras which can inside the timber. These tools provide better detection of termite in your property.

How Building and pest Inspection Helps

The basic benefits of inspection report are:

  • Detailed information about the problems in the property.
  • Using the report to negotiate a lower price which otherwise you may have to pay to repair.
  • acquiring specialist advice about all major problems in the property and how they will affect over time.

For detailed list of benefits of this inspection, Please click the link ( 7 must reason for building inspection)

How to choose Building and pest inspector

Always use a suitably qualified person such as a licensed builder, a surveyor or an architect with certification in pest inspection to provide a professional inspection report. These professions should see through any cosmetic improvements covering up faults that might otherwise be missed by an untrained eye.

A professional person will ensure that the format and content of the report complies with the relevant Australian Standard.

Please ensure that the building and pest inspector you choose has an adequate insurance cover, particularly for professional indemnity. You can get more information from the Fair Trading website

Building Inspection Council can help you to find qualified, experienced and licensed building and pest inspectors for your property. As a not-for-profit organization, we do not compromise on anything when finding a building and pest inspector for you.

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What is included in the inspection

The inspector should check all accessible parts of the property. These include

  • interior of the building
  • exterior of the building
  • roof space
  • under-floor space
  • roof exterior
  • site.

Cost Guidance building and Pest Inspection

Number of Rooms


Single Story

Double Story


$300 -$400

$300 -$400

$300 -$400


$350 -$500

$375 -$500

$375 -$500


$300 -$500

$350 -$550

$375 -$600


$500 -$700

$500 -$700

$500 -$700





Most common building and pest defects

    1. Internal water leaks – 46% 
    2. Cracking to internal or external structures – 41%
    3. Water penetration from outside – 40%
    4. Guttering faults – 25%
    5. Defective roof coverings – 23%
    6. Defective plumbing – 22%
    7. Tiling problems – 20%
    8. Building movement – 17%
    9. Noise break-through – 17%
    10. Defective balcony balustrades – 15%
    11. Lack of or defective fire safety measures -15%
    12. Electrical faults – 14%
    13. Inappropriate or correctly installed materials – 12%
    14. Defective machinery – 12%
    15. Other – 5%

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Property Buyers

Real Estate Agent

Loan Provider

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