Building and termite inspections and reports are usually carried out as a pre-purchase inspection when buying real estate. The inspection and report is completed by a building expert, building consultant or building surveyor. Pest inspections are completed by licensed pest operators. The inspection and report can also be for building defects or as a survey of the building and construction.

In some cases an inspector may undertake a combined building and pest inspection. That person must hold both current licences prior to commencing the inspection. It is usual practice that this person will come from either a building or a pest background and have a greater knowledge in one, but not usually both fields of expertise. Where the inspector or consultant works within their area of expertise there is a greater accuracy in reporting.


Building inspection

A building inspection on a house, home, unit or townhouse would cover the building structure in accessible areas. This would include engineering components, such as roof construction.

The sub-floor or under floor area where timber floors are provided must also be inspected.

Concrete floors on the ground have less structural issues generally, but due to less access to the building, it may conceal problems such as leaking showers or termite entry.

The inspection should comment on the condition and defects in a kitchen, bathroom, ensuite and laundry.

Where D.I.Y is evident then a competent building expert, consultant or surveyor will be more thorough and check for incomplete or defective construction

Leaking showers are common and the type of repair is varied and depends on the type of location of the shower.

External factors can affect a building including raised external ground levels, rot in timber balconies, decks or handrails. The raised ground levels can increase the risk of water entry to the building. Where rot is evident to the deck or patio, then structural failure can occur.

Termite Inspections

A termite inspection is mainly interested in wood destroying insects, mainly termites (white ants). Borers are also included but in most cases it is reporting on old damage to timbers, not current activity.

Termites (commonly called white ants) come in various species and types. Their job is to find food for the main nest or colony. That is not a problem unless it is your home that they want. Termites are subterranean which means that they will dig below your home and find a nice concealed dark corner to gain entry through a venerable location. From there they will infest your home and slowly go about consuming timber or timber products.

The reasons why they enter a building and factors that increase the risk of infestation are varied. No home is completely safe, but there are many things that contribute to the risk factor of infestation. A proper inspection by a competent pest inspector may include recommendations to do some work to reduce the risk of infestation and structural damage to the building due to termite entry. Every house, home, unit or townhouse is individual and therefore an inspection and report by a pest inspector is essential to provide those recommendations.


Building consultants must be licensed by the Department of Fair Trading if they undertake pre purchase building inspections. Pest inspectors are not required to be licensed for the inspection, but must be licensed if they undertake any subsequent treatments including termite infestation.

Important Consideration when Ordering a Building and Termite Inspection

Prices for a building and termite inspection will vary as there is no standard format. You always get what you pay for. The cheapest quote will inevitably be very basic and provide very limited information. Many cheap reports are pre formatted, are very general in content and provide pages of disclaimers in an attempt to cover a quick inspection and basic report. If you want a suitably qualified building expert to undertake the inspection of the building for defects, provide photographs, give recommendations for remedial works or building defects as well as provide reasons for concerns such as cracks, then that will cost more. With an investment in your real estate at risk because of a small saving in a building inspection, then would it not be better to have a suitably qualified and licensed building consultant or expert as well as pest inspector at a slightly higher fee.

You can contact our office with any queries relating to building and termite inspections.