Inspections

Building Inspections and Reports

Our professional Inspectors conduct a thorough inspection of all accessible areas of the building, in accordance with Australian Standard 4349.1– 1995, looking for defects, problems or potential problems that exist within the building.

For pre-purchase reports it’s a good reference for later repairs and maintenance and covers areas not normally inspected by the purchaser such as the roof space and sub-floor areas (if access panels are provided).

Any significant defects are noted in the summary and recommendations on rectification are included in the Report. This Report gives the purchaser detailed knowledge of the condition of the building structure.

Building and Timber Pest Inspections and Reports

As well as the above Building inspection, the Inspector also conducts an inspection, in accordance with AS 4349.3- 1998 and AS 3660, to determine the presence of wood destroying insects such as termites (white ants), borers and wood decaying fungi.

Termites can cause enormous structural damage in very short periods of time therefore it is recommended that a timber pest inspection is conducted.

The Report contains information on past and present damage and infestation, precautionary measures to adopt and risk management. Most Building & Timber Pest Reports are between 23-28 pages, depending on what we find.

Building and Timber Pest Inspections and Reports including Council Records Searches

This service includes the above Building and Timber Pest Inspection and a search of Local Authority Building Records to make sure that the building structure and all improvements have been inspected by the appropriate authority and that Building Compliance has been issued.

Documents are inspected and compared with actual on-site construction.

Building and Timber Pest Consulting and Defect Reports

The Building and Timber Pest Consultant provides professional advice on defects or problems that exist within a building structure.

Problems such as rising damp, timber decay, movement of structural timbers, cracked masonry and cracked floor tiles, in most cases, need not be expensive to rectify.

The removal of organochlorides as a termite barrier in 1995 has seen an enormous increase in termite related property damage. Most chemicals presently available only carry a 12 month manufacturer’s warranty.

Our termite specialists can recommend the most efficient and economical way to protect your property from termite and borer attack.

Buying a New Home That is Completed?

Our reports provide extensive information on the type of construction and its adequacy. Various Australian Standards may be referenced if required.

Special emphasis is put on the inspection of the roof framing timbers and fixings, waterproofing of wet areas, tiling and imperfections and defects that should be rectified prior to your taking possession of the property.

Our report also provides relevant information for the new home owner. One obvious area is the changes to termite systems to concrete floors brought about by the banning of organochloride termiticides in 1995.

This ban brought about substantial changes to slab design and set new requirements for external paving and landscaping.

Thermal Imaging Camera Inspections

All BPI Consultants are now equipped with the latest Thermal Imaging Cameras.  BPI has been continually aiming to provide Thermal Imaging in day to day inspections and we now carry out a thermal scan during all Pre-Purchase Inspections.

A thermal camera is only an inspection tool and like all tools there are limitations and advantages.

A thermal camera will not expose all defects and/or termite workings, but it gives enormous advantages which, when combined with other inspection techniques and inspection tools, will provide a broader, more comprehensive assessment of the condition of the inspected buildings.

Thermal imaging assists in detecting many items that may be of concern that are concealed by wall linings- these include termite damage or termite sub-nests, moisture damage and many other hidden items.

Although the thermal imaging camera may have indicated a possible problem further investigation is always needed to determine the possible causes of the area of concern.

Thermal imaging when used with the expertise gained from years of termite, inspection and building experience by the Consultant, together with other advanced technology tools, will provide valuable information that cannot be gained in any other manner. Therefore it is essential that a property be scanned with a thermal imaging camera.

We at BPI endeavour to provide our clients with the most advanced technology available while maintaining a competitive price structure for the services we provide.

Maintenance Inspections

BPI has developed a Maintenance Inspection Service to help ensure that one of your major investments will not deteriorate and can continue to appreciate in value.

With the assistance of our maintenance inspection program you will save money in the long term. BPI arranges a Building & Timber Pest Maintenance Inspection of your home or investment property and provides the following advantages:

•  Preventative maintenance means major problems and costs can be avoided.
•  Risk of fire damage can be reduced if smoke detectors are installed and maintained.
•  Termite activity can be detected early although regular inspection will not prevent a termite attack — the cause of the greatest economic losses of timber in structures in Australia.
• Accidents and litigation due to a lack of maintenance on your premises will be avoided.

We provide a computer generated report detailing the condition of your property, identifying potential hazards and preventive
maintenance. All accessible areas of the property are inspected, including:

  • Structure and footings
  • Roof areas
  • Subfloor areas
  • External finishes
  • Drainage and wet areas
  • External structures
  • Internal finishes
  • Doors and windows
  • Pergolas
  • Decking
  • Stairs
  • Retaining walls and fences
  • Driveways and paths
  • Warning on balcony failures