If you’re selling a residential property in the ACT, it’s mandatory to have a pest inspection done before marketing begins. This involves a qualified pest inspector visually investigating your property, including its exterior, interior, sub-floor space, out buildings, fences and tree stumps. They then present findings in a report.
A pest inspection report indicates if your house has a current pest problem or had one previously. Because pest problems, including timber pests like termites and borers, can be difficult for the untrained eye to see, it’s critical to engage a professional.
Pest reports give sellers the chance to fix problems before marketing begins. The reports also inform buyers on the pest situation, to help them decide whether to buy and how much to pay.
In this article, we’ll outline the qualities to consider when choosing a pest inspection company, and share where to find the best in Canberra.
What makes a great pest inspection company?
A quality pest inspector pinpoints pest problems you’re not trained to see. Their pest reports are important for buyers who likely won’t notice how, for example, fresh paint can hide problems and furniture strategically placed can too.
It can be helpful to keep the following in mind when choosing a pest inspection company.
- Licensed and certified. You’ll want a pest and timber inspector who is licensed and certified to make sure past or current issues are above board.
- Professional memberships. Reputable pest inspection companies belong to industry bodies and/or hold professional memberships, such as the Master Builders Association and/or Housing Industry Association.
- Insured. You’ll want a pest inspection company that holds proper insurance, in case anything goes wrong during their inspection. By law, every inspector must have professional indemnity insurance (and provide a copy of the policy certificate with their reports).
- Experienced. Since this is a mandatory pre-sale requirement, you’ll want an inspector experienced in identifying all the signals pointing to pest issues, like materials lying around and damp areas that can attract termites.
- Ethical and transparent. Quality pest reports are accurate and transparent, so sellers and buyers know where they stand. You’ll want an ethical and honest inspector, not one who tries to cover up issues just to make sellers and/or their real estate agent happy.
The best pest inspection companies in Canberra
RiotACT’s editorial team has combed through 20 years of on-site comments to compile a list of the most recommended businesses according to you.
To be listed in our Best of Canberra series, each business needs to have consistently received positive feedback on RiotACT and Facebook as well as maintaining a minimum average of 4/5 stars on Google.
ACT Property Inspections was established in 2011 and is the largest property inspection company in Canberra and surrounding regions. The company strives to build the confidence and trust of both buyers and sellers. Accurate and easy-to-read pestreports help with better-informed decisions.
On Google, Joannah Lowe wrote, “Best in the business! Quick, efficient, knowledgeable & a one stop shop for all of your reporting and certification needs.”
Surety Property’s qualified and fully insured inspectors conduct pest inspections and write a comprehensive, easy-to-follow report within 24 business hours of the inspection. Inspectors document a property’s condition, including timber pest activity, examining internal and external accessible areas, subfloors and roof space.
Aaron McMillan wrote on Google, “As potential buyers, we arranged for a building/pest inspection with Surety and the report was much more comprehensive and of a higher quality than the one the seller had arranged.”
HomeBuyers Inspections is a one-stop-shop for pre-sale pest inspection reports, energy efficiency rating reports, building inspection reports, and compliance reports in the Canberra region. The company focuses on helping vendors sell their properties. HomeBuyers Inspection has been delivering professional inspection services for 25 years. All documents are supplied electronically, to speed up service.
Lauren Shakespeare wrote on Google, “Fantastic service. Fitted us in promptly. Very friendly staff, very thorough, good industry knowledge. Would definitely use their services again.”
Residential Reports is a premier presale building and pest inspection service with its professional inspectors preparing timber pest, energy efficiency rating, building, and compliance reports. The company aims for the best outcome for both sellers and buyers. Reports are written and submitted with quick turnaround times.
Nigel Newing wrote on Google, “I have dealt with Residential Reports numerous times and have always found them to be efficient, helpful and very professional. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to see their property.”
If you’re looking for more information on property inspections in Canberra, you might like our articles on the best pest control services, best residential building inspection companies, best compliance report inspection companies and best energy efficiency rating inspection companies Canberra has to offer.
Your experience with pest inspection companies in Canberra
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