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
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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.”
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.”
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.”
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.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What is a pest inspection report?
This type of report is written after a professional pest inspector visits your property to thoroughly assess current or past pest infestation, including termites and bores. Expert inspectors can see evidence of pest activity that the layperson can’t. They inspect many areas, including exterior and interior parts of the property as well as roof and sub-floor spaces. They also check fences, trees stumps and landscaping.
I’m selling my house. Do I have to get a pest inspection report?
In the ACT you must have a pest inspection before marketing your house for sale (units only require an energy efficiency rating report). It’s mandatory.
Can I do my own pest inspection and report?
No. This mandatory pre-sale report must be completed by an expert, preferably one who is licensed and insured and a member of a professional organisation. Expert inspectors can detect previous and current pest activity that you can’t because they know what to look for.
How much does it cost to have a pest inspection and report completed?
This varies company by company and the size of the property to be inspected can influence price, so be sure to ask for a written quote. Also remember that some pest inspection companies bundle several mandatory pre-sale reports, offering you savings.
How do I go about getting a pest inspection report completed?
You have to engage a pest inspection company. After inspection, the company will write up their findings in a report which most will email to you.