Conditional upon Building Pest Inspection Melbourne

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When a client buys a house, the smart ones will always ask for a building and pest inspection clause “Conditional upon a Building Pest Inspection” but most people don’t realise that this clause means nothing leaving the real estate buyers to the mercy of the real estate agents and vendors.

What are building and pest conditions?
A building and pest condition clause should exist as a condition of the sale when you buy a property in Melbourne. The clause allows you to get written reports from qualified building and pest inspectors to ascertain if there are any major, structural building defects or termite infestations within the property.

A correctly worded building and pest clause may give you the right to withdraw from the contract if the report comes back showing that there is a major structural defect and or the existence of termites or termite infestations.


Problems faced when buying/selling property:

Structural issues:

Properties may have structural issues such as cracks in  foundation/walls, roof leaks, uneven floors that can be expensive to fix 

Pest infestations:

Pests such as termites, rodents or ants can cause significant damage to a property & may be difficult to detect without a professional inspection.

Plumbing issues:

Leaks or blockages in the plumbing system can cause water damage & may require costly repairs or replacements. 

Compliance issues:

Some properties may have compliance issues such as unapproved structures or additions, which cause problems with local council regulations & affect property’s value. 

Defects issues:

Major components of a building, including the exterior, ceilings, walls, floors, windows, doors inspection of any structural building defects.

Insulation issues:

Poor insulation or ventilation can cause energy inefficiencies, leading to high heating & cooling costs for residents

Major defects can include cracks to internal/external walls, below are just a few of major defects

– Defects to sub floor structural timbers
– Defects to stumps especially timber stumps that may be rotten
– Severe dampness/mould to the sub floor caused by broken pipes
– Defects to the plumbing systems with no installation of breather pipes
– No insulation installed to the roof void
– Retaining walls that have not been built correctly
– Electrical problems to the switchboard

They know that there are very few properties that have structural defects but many have building inspection defects that are classified as major so, the buyer cannot rescind the contract or negotiate.

There may be major defects that could cost many thousands to rectify and the poor house buyer is stuck with nowhere to go “Buyer Beware”

Conduct Building Pest Inspection BEFORE signing the building contract.

I always advise my clients to conduct a Pre Purchase Building Inspection before signing the contract as this will protect the purchaser more so than the clause “Conditional Upon a Building Pest Inspection” inserted into the building contract.

Unfortunately, most agents will push the purchaser to sign the contract with this clause inserted telling them they are protected when in fact most purchasers are not.

We recently conducted a pre purchase building inspection for a client only to find that the property had timber stumps throughout, which had severe decay and were causing the flooring above to be out of level by 35mm at some sections, the property required immediate replacement of stumps with a rectification cost of $23,000.

Advance Tools & Technology​

Moisture Meters

Moisture meters are used to detect the presence & levels of moisture within building materials such as wood, drywall, & concrete. These meters help identify areas of potential water damage, leaks, or moisture intrusion, which leads to structural issues or mold growth.


Thermal Camera

Infrared camera building inspections identify problems by viewing differences in temperature on a gradient scale through thermal imaging. his is a non-invasive temperature measurement tool that can keep you from spending money on repairs in the future.


A borescope is a flexible tube with a camera and light attached to it. It’s used to visually inspect areas that are difficult to access, such as inside wall cavities, ductwork, or pipes. By using borescope, our inspectors can examine the condition of hidden components and identify any defects or damages.

Termatrac Device

Termatrac’s detection technology is unique to the market, designed and specifically calibrated to detect termites and other insect activity. The radar technology confirms movement by penetrating through most building materials to locate and track termite and other insect activity.

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kayla bishop
kayla bishop
George and Anne were very prompt and efficient in arranging a pre purchase building and pest inspection for me. The report was detailed and George called me to explain the defects noted. Highly recommend to all!
Scott Whitehead
Scott Whitehead
George and Anne are fantastic! Right from the get go Anne got in contact with me very promptly and George was on the job within two days giving us great and thorough feedback. Highly recommend the service
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Sharna B
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Cynthia Listis
Cynthia Listis
I Building and pest inspection conducted by George went better than we expected as initially we were sceptical to spend the money as property seemed ok but when Building report was emailed to us we were surprised at so many detailed defects,we eventually got the vendor to fix all issues so we did save ourselves a lot of money,George was extremely helpful with taking us through the report, highly recommended
William Luu
William Luu
Efficient and professional with practical advice. George picked up on some critical items and provided great follow up advice on how to address the issues. Was able to speak to him for a good half hour as a follow up on any questions I had.
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