A recent residential building inspection unearthed a live termite nest in the rear garden just metres from a high-set home.

All Suburbs Building and Inspection Reports (ABSIR) conducted the pre-purchase building and pest inspection on behalf of the prospective buyer and recommended urgent treatment before making a decision to proceed with the purchase.

ASBIR owner and senior Inspector, Fred Broekman, said it was a prime example of why you shouldn’t fall into the trap of signing a house contract without getting a building and pest inspection done before you make your final decision.

“A comprehensive building and pest inspection before the contract goes unconditional will give you a clearer picture as to whether the property has been well-maintained, or if you’re looking at costly repairs – such as termite damage – now or in the future,” Fred said.

In this instance, visible evidence of termite damage such as mud tubes and damaged timbers were found, but perhaps more concerning was that extensive termite damage might also be concealed.

“It was apparent from our inspection that the structural integrity of the house had been compromised. The affected timber posts were in direct contact with the building structure, allowing termites to easily move between the two,” he said.

ASBIR recommended immediate intervention by a qualified pest management company to treat the live termite nest, while the report also highlighted the need for modifications to ensure that the affected timbers would no longer be in direct contact with the ground or foundations of the house.

The inspection also noted conditions that would be conducive to further termite issues. One example being unsatisfactory or missing antcapping which if installed or repaired could help decrease the risk of termite infestation.

In addition to visible evidence of termite damage, ASBIR’s extensive 108 page combined building and pest report also identified a number of defects throughout the interior and exterior of the house requiring attention. This included wet rot decay in the timber stairs and fence palings, dangerous trip hazards in the outdoor pavers, and rust in internal wet areas such as bathrooms.

All Suburbs Building Inspections and Reports (ASBIR) is the leading provider of building inspections. We have conducted thousands of residential and commercial pre-purchase building and pest inspections in South East Queensland. We are fully licensed (QBCC Lic.No. 20650) and a Member of Master Builders Institute of Building Consultants Queensland.   

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