Pre Purchase Building & Pest Inspection & Report

A Pre-Purchase Building & Pest Inspection is as the name suggests, an inspection carried out before you buy a property. The property is usually owned by a third party and the report will identify significant building defects or timber pest issues . We will compare the property inspected with buildings of similar age and construction and will give an overall rating for the dwelling.

With Tewantin Pest Control & Building Inspections, you will know immediately if there are any serious building faults or termite issues. These faults need to be identified before you take ownership so you don’t get hit with expensive repair bills down the track. A Pre-Purchase Inspection is a tiny percentage of the purchase price…excellent insurance value by any standard.

This report is extremely valuable when you are negotiating your property’s purchase, making a property bid, applying for a bank loan and most importantly it will help you buy your new home with confidence. You can be confident when you are signing on the dotted line that you know exactly what you are buying as we have given you written proof of the property’s condition to compliment proof of legal title.

We encourage you, the buyer, to attend your Building & Pest Inspection so we can show you and explain to you first hand any abnormalities or issues we may find. The more informed you are when purchasing your property, the easier it will be to negotiate the sale and the clearer you will be as to what, if any, repairs may need to be undertaken.

Why Choose Tewantin Pest Control & Building Inspections for your Pre Purchase Building & Pest Inspection?

  • Inspect all areas including subfloors and roof spaces subject to health and safety regulations

  • Our clients are encouraged to attend the inspection 

  • Totally independent

  • Comprehensive report supplied within 24 hours

What is the difference between a Pre-Purchase Pest Inspection and a Termite Inspection?

A Pre-Purchase Pest Inspection or more accurately a Timber Pest Inspection is carried out before the purchase of a property (either by the seller and / or buyer). It will assess the property for more than just termites, also looking at borer activity, wood decay, fungus and mould. Given its importance in the sales process, an agreement needs to be signed before an inspection is carried out.

In contrast, the Standard Termite Inspection is carried out by property owners as part of their normal property maintenance routine. Normally these inspections are carried out on an annual basis, but sometimes more frequently on properties with a higher risk of termite attack. No pre-inspection agreement is required and the inspection is focused solely on termites. (However, if we spot wood decay or borer issues, we will let you know!).

Commercial Building Inspection & Report

A Commercial Building Report is a building report for a non-residential property. This is often called a Due Diligence Report. There are many different types of commercial properties, including but not limited to shops, office blocks, restaurants, units and industrial premises.

As commercial properties are different to residential dwellings, they can have numerous additional problems due to the type and complexity of construction. At Tewantin Pest Control & Building Inspections we are experienced with complex properties and are licensed and insured to inspect commercial premises.

Written reports are available within 2 to 5 working days of the inspection, depending on the size and complexity of the property inspected. With urgent requests, we can supply the report within 24 hours but we will need to be advised prior to the inspection taking place.

Special Purpose Building Inspection & Report


Dilapidation Building Report

A Dilapidation Report is a report detailing the condition of a building, including its defects prior to excavation or construction work being carried out on it or on an adjacent or nearby building. The report is comprised of written observations, photographs, and sometimes diagrams all of which create a snapshot of the condition of buildings and/or infrastructure at a point in time and provide an accurate record of the condition of the building or infrastructure.

Many Authorities require Dilapidation Reports to be carried out on properties adjoining, near, over or under proposed building or infrastructure works, or as part of the DA conditions of approval.

The purpose of Dilapidation Reports is to avoid costly litigation at the completion of building works by establishing a record of the condition of a building and/or infrastructure prior to construction commencing. Parties with an interest in the condition of a particular property sign the Report with a view to it being a safeguard should a dispute arise over alleged damage caused during the works.

Dilapidation Reports are available within 48 hours but can be available earlier if urgently required.

Final/Handover Inspection & Report

Every year hundreds of thousands of buildings are constructed or renovated without any professional quality assurance. This means you take a risk that the new work you are buying is unfinished or needs defective work fixed.

A Final or Handover Report is an inexpensive way of ensuring new building work is up to standard. It’s an inspection performed on completion of construction prior to the house being occupied. Renovation or fit-out work should also be inspected on completion as well.

The Final Report should be reviewed then a copy of the items that need rectifying given to the builder to address. Once this is done, the builder can repair and complete what is required before you take possession.

The Report will identify:

  • Incomplete Work - Any items which are not finished.

  • Defective Work - Problems which need fixing. Digital photos of all defects will be included in the report.

  • Certification that you require - Such as waterproofing and termite protection certificates.


Plenty of people who have just built a new home or are looking to purchase a newly constructed or renovated home do not think the property needs an inspection because it is brand new and “should be perfect.” This unfortunately is not the case. If you don't identify the problems prior to purchase or taking possession, you will face considerable difficulty and cost getting the contractor to fix them in the future.

This report is very comprehensive and is available within 48 hours of inspection or earlier if urgent.