Australia is famous for being home to many animals that can profoundly affect humans and their properties. The presence of pests in the continent is especially notable. In fact, Australia has hundreds of termite species and other pests that you need to watch out for. These can potentially cause immense damage to homes and buildings if left unchecked. That makes pest inspections a critical task that all homeowners must undertake.
It can be a bit daunting to think about all the costs that come with pest inspection and eradication. However, pre-emptive action and addressing pest issues early on can help keep costs to a minimum. Regular maintenance and annual home inspections will definitely help. Furthermore, a timber pest inspection is required by law if you are buying or selling land.
Signs to watch out for
Pests don’t infest homes without leaving distinct signs. Termites, especially, are among the most problematic since the main sign they leave behind is damage to the building. There are some things of note that you always have to watch out for. Some of the signs that can indicate a pest infestation of your home are the following:
- Tubes of dirt and mud, which are classic signs of the presence of termites. Watch out for these in areas with wood or areas close to the soil.
- Wood damage due to termites feeding on the wood is the most common sign. It also causes damage to the upper paint and varnish layers underneath. This can sometimes appear like water damage, but a simple knock test can be telling. Knock on the damaged area. If the wood appears hollow, it’s not water damage and termites may be the problem.
- Physical signs of pests like discarded wings and other body parts. The presence of winged ants is especially problematic. Winged ants are not actual ants but termites in a different life stage.
Make sure that you’re always vigilant when watching out for the signs of pests. Again, addressing the issue early can prevent further damage and expenses.
Which parts of a home are the most affected?
Potentially anything with wood can be destroyed by a termite infestation. Other pests can also cause damage to specific areas. Among the most affected parts are:
- Fences and wooden gates
- Roofs, especially wooden fixtures and ceilings
- House interiors and furniture, most notably older wood.
- House exterior and garden. Make sure you also take note of damage to any of the trees in your garden.
- Walls and floors are often most damaged in their interior.
Always check these parts of your home on a regular basis. If you see any signs of damage, then pests may be the problem. This will get worse the longer it’s left unaddressed. Consult with a pest expert as soon as you can.
When to get a pest inspection
At minimum, there must be an inspection once every two years. In areas where termites and other pests are prevalent, there should be an inspection once a year. Partnering with a pest inspection company will reduce the hassle of regular inspections on your part.
Pest Inspection Prices
On average, expect to spend around $300 to $400 on a pest inspection for a home. You don’t have to shell out a fortune to make sure that your home is pest-free. There are affordable services that are of high quality that you can get. Vital Building Inspections Sydney is the best in Sydney. Of course, the prices will vary based on what to inspect. Standard rates include the following:
1. 1-bedroom apartment
Pest inspection of a 1-bedroom apartment typically costs around $250. This inspection includes the interior of the apartment and the immediate exterior of the area. Other parts, such as the parking area and roof, can also be included provided there is access.
2. Buildings on concrete, 3 or 4 bedroom house
Inspecting a 3 or 4 bedroom home built on concrete costs around $400. That is an exhaustive inspection that includes all the interior areas of the home, outside areas, and fences. It takes slightly more time but will search out all potential problem areas for your benefit.
3. Buildings on piles, 3 or 4 bedroom house
A pest inspection of a home built on a piles will also cost you around $400. The inspection will focus on both the inside and the outside areas. It includes a check of all the rooms, furniture, immediate exterior, garden, and fences.
4. Freestanding houses
Pest inspections of freestanding houses cost around $350. This includes a comprehensive inspection of the interior and all the outside areas of the house. Inspecting the exterior is essential since it typically takes up large portions of the property. Since termites can also build colonies underground, a thorough search of this area is needed.
Timber pest inspections, as we mentioned earlier, are required by law for home purchases. There’s a chance that you may be looking for a pest inspection service because of this. If you have already taken advantage of our services before, you may be eligible for a discount.
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Get your home inspected for pests on regularly
Termites can cause a lot of damage in a relatively short time. These pests are pretty difficult to eradicate completely, so the best management is prevention. Whether you see the signs of pests in your home or not, you should still get it inspected.
If you’re looking for pest inspection services, then look no further. Vital Building Inspections Sydney is the best and most experienced in Sydney. We can do a timber pest inspection before your sale. We can also do standard pest inspections for your home maintenance. If you want to learn more, contact us at 0401 012 074.