Buying a house is a big decision.
With the fast moving property market around Taree, Forster and Laurieton it is easy to overlook things, a full timber pest inspection should be conducted on ALL properties prior to purchase.
Buying a house is, for most, the single biggest financial transaction done in one’s lifetime. With this said it is easy to see why you need to know what you are buying. A timber pest inspection is vital for your own knowledge and should be conducted by a qualified, experienced technician with a thorough working knowledge of timber pests and the local area. A timber pest inspection should report on many things, including but not limited to, subterranean termites, dampwood termites, fungal wood decay, borers which damage timbers in use and give recommendations on ways to reduce the susceptibility of the structure to attack from timber pests.
Local Pest Experts are, as the name suggests, experts in their field. We will conduct the inspection in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.3 – 2010, provide you a report on the findings AND be here to help guide you! Timber Pest Inspection reports are notoriously difficult to navigate. Our after sales service ensures that you fully understand what the report says and are able to make an informed decision based on the findings. We are fully insured and committed to ensuring you get what you pay for.
Once you have bought the property it should not be forgotten about. The Australian Standards recommend a full termite inspection is conducted no less than annually.
- Thermal imagery is used as a marketing tool more regularly than a termite finding tool. Thermal imagery is, by definition, an image of the surface temperate of an item. Subterranean termites will generally create their own climate and humidity within their workings. However, this does not necessarily change the surface temperature of the area inspected and other factors may conceal this temperature change. If you are requesting or provided an inspection report, you should enquire to ensure the inspector has completed the required thermography qualifications.
- A moisture meter is a tool used to measure the moisture content of an item. This is not a termite finder. It will indicate areas with higher than regular moisture content often associated with subterranean termite workings and fungi’s which decay timbers. If a higher than usual moisture content is located further investigations are often required.
- A cavity brick, steel or treated timber framed house with concrete slab flooring is still very susceptible to attack from subterranean termites and other timber pests. While these building methods may reduce the amount of possible damage to the structure there is often a lot of other building materials which can cost serious money to replace. In fact a concrete slab flooring often provides numerous concealed ingress points where subterranean termites can gain access to the structure without being noticed.
- Termimesh and other physical termite management systems do no stop subterranean termites from gaining access to a structure and are designed to force them to work through an inspection zone in which their activity will be readily identified.
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