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October 11, 2021

Inspect before you buy


For most people, purchasing a new home is likely to be one of the largest investments that they will ever make in their lives. Because of this, it is essential that the buyer examines the various benefits and downfalls of a home before committing to the investment. One of the most overlooked yet vital checks that a buyer needs to complete is a check for termites. Termites, also known as white ants, are destructive pests that can quickly go out of control, and permanently damage the internal structure of a home. As a direct result of this, a failure to inspect for termites could cost new homeowners thousands or sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars. The most effective way to search for termites in a new home is to have the buyer arrange a building and pest inspection to be conducted by a licensed and professional pest technician. 

Why is it essential to always inspect for termites when buying a house? Termites are some of the most costly and common pests in Australian homes with 1 in 3 homes being vulnerable to a termite infestation. House termites primarily feed on timber that is often close by to a source of moisture. This is what makes houses particularly susceptible to termite damage, as they have easy access to all their needs for survival in one location. It is essential to get a thorough inspection for termites in house, as a small infestation before the purchase of a house can quickly get out of control due to that fact that a termite queen can lay around of 1000 eggs per day. Additionally, these new termites will often branch out from their original colony to start their own. This means that termites will often reside in multiple location throughout the home, making them harder to find without professional help, and as a direct consequence more structural damage is likely to occur. Therefore, the direct result of these new colonies and the structural damage they cause will ultimately lead to a larger repair bill for the new homeowner. This is why it is vital for a home buyer to arrange for a building and pest inspection before  purchasing a home.

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Why should a buyer arrange a building and pest inspection instead of standard termite inspections? Whilst termite inspections are effective for current homeowners, it is evident that a combined building and pest inspection is better tailored towards a homebuyer as it covers all bases. A building and pest inspection will not only search for any pest or termite infestation on the property, but it will also report on the structural safety, defects, and hazards that the home may have. This information can be critical in determining whether or not to purchase a home and therefore this service is highly recommended for homebuyers specifically whereas termite inspections are better suited to those who already own the home.

So why is a building and pest inspection an important investment for new home buyers? The simple answer to this question is that the costs of concealed termite damage are astronomically greater than that of a building and pest inspection. As with most investments, a new home should be carefully examined before making a purchase in order to ensure that your investment is safe and secure. A quality and thorough pre purchase inspection such as the one provided by Multipest, will construct detailed reports on any issues that are found within the home that you are considering buying. 

How can a seller avoid a termite infestation? With many homes in Australia being susceptible to a termite infestation, it is evident that it is essential for current homeowners to remove any risks that could invite termites into their home. Whilst a homeowner cannot entirely avoid the risk of a termite infestation due to various factors including the properties location, it is evident that there are several things homeowners can still do to minimize these risks. The first of these includes removing any wood-based products that sit on the home’s outer walls. Secondly, It is essential for homeowners to make sure that any gardens be kept at least a meter from the homes external walls. Finally, ensure that all taps are sealed tight, as the moisture from leaky taps can moisten timber (especially in kitchens) and invite termites into the home.

So why choose Multipest? With over 25 years industry experience, Multipest is a leader in providing its clients with effective termite and pest-based services. Unlike other pest-based businesses, Multipest works in coordination with a fully licensed and certified builder to construct a single, detailed report on any issues found within a home. If you are considering the purchase of a new home, or if  you are experiencing any other pest related issues, please don’t hesitate to call us for a care free and effective service.