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Pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney

pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney

pre-purchase timber pest inspection Sydney
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We all know that when you are buying a home it can be quite daunting, our minds keep racing, what if this home has termites or structural damage.

 

With all the excitement there can be confusion too. A lot of new home buyers are not aware of what needs to be done when buying a new home.

 

Did you know that as a prospective buyer that when you ask for the contract of sale from the real estate agent that you are considering buying your new home from they must inform you about any previous timber pest inspection reports that may have been commissioned by either the owner of the dwelling or by the real estate agent themselves. You may in fact be able to negotiate the price to favour your way with the pre-existing pre-purchase pest inspection report.

 

With a pre-purchase inspection there are two parts:

 

  1. Pre-Purchase Timber Pest Inspection (pest controller)
  2. Pre- Purchase Building Inspection (Builder)

 

Each pre-purchase timber inspection that is carried out by Redline Pest Control will be in accordance to Australian Standards – AS 4349.1 – pre-purchase inspections.

 

What is a pre-purchase timber pest inspection?

 

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection is an initial inspection when a prospective buyer is interested in a property they will source out a pest controller to conduct a pre-purchase timber pest inspection to ascertain whether their new home has been hit with active termites, borers, previous damage due to either one of those, mould, dampness, drainage, and the list goes on. You will receive a coloured multipage report which includes photos, recommendations on how to reduce the risk for termites, what is a risk to your potential new home.

 

When your Redline Pest Control inspector arrives he will be on the lookout for termites and borers.

 

Redline Pest Control pest inspector will inspect the following areas of the dwelling that you are considering buying:

 

  • Roof voids
  • Subfloors
  • All internal areas
  • All external areas
  • Water drainage
  • Toxic materials
  • Wiring
  • Mould
  • Foundations
  • Fence lines/garden beds
  • Trees
  • Out buildings
  • Retaining walls
  • Driveways and pathways

 

What are the major reasons why you should invest in obtaining a pre-purchase timber pest inspection before you consider your finances into the property.

 

  • Awareness

Just visiting the premises will not help you ascertain if there is no termite/structural damage in the premises you are going to purchase.

A full timber pest inspection needs to be carried-out, so you know of any issues that you may not see with the naked eye.

  • Value assessment

Pre-purchase timber pest inspection will play an important role in the final assessment in the true value of the premises you are intending to purchase.

Pest/timber issues are not always resolved easily and can be quite costly.

If you think that the property seems a bit overpriced, you can negotiate a better price with the vendor based on the reports from your pest timber inspection report.

  • Unseen flaws

Redline Pest Controls timber pest inspectors can help identify any unseen flaws of a premises before purchasing the premises as there is always something that may need rectifying.

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection can help locate any unseen flaws that the premises may have and bring them to the attention of the potential buyer to provide them with all of the information on that premises required to know the true depth of any pest/timber issues and how the timber/pest problems can be resolved in a quick and swift manner.

  • Knowledge of the overall investment on the premises

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection can help you negotiate a better price with the vendor if there are pre-existent timber/pest issues.

Did you know that if there is any timber/pest issues and that you may need to invest in resolving these issues financially that you can negotiate the price of sale due to these flaws in the premises you are about to buy.

  • Aid in Negotiations in purchasing your new premises

Pre-purchase pest/timber inspection reports help to gain knowledge of the true value of the premises you are about to buy. They can help aid you a better price negotiation with the vendor to help you acquire a better deal for your new premises.

  • Buy with confidence

A pre-purchase timber pest inspection helps you ascertain whether you have made the right decision on purchasing your new premises.

 

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Further Reading:

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

Termites in Australia!

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home

SIGNS YOU MIGHT HAVE TERMITES!

Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?

What can you do to help prevent termites in and around your home

Termite Prevention Tips for your home.

 

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Unfortunately over the past few months we have been going out to homes across Sydney with extensive termite damage and high volumes of termites eating their homes away.

 

It is very unfortunate that termites will attack one in four homes but what does that mean for you and are you that one home that will be attacked by termites?

 

It is by Australian Standards that each home owner or property investor is responsible to have a termite inspection done every 12 months and if you are in a bushy area it will be 6 months.

 

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It is also up to the home owner or property investor to make sure that they have an appropriate termite management system put into place.

 

So what are somethings you can do around your home that will help minimise the risk of termites making your home their home?

 

Regular termite inspections is a mustTermite management system put into placeRemove any timbers which are in subfloorRemove any wood chippings in your landscapingFix any leaking pipes and drains in and around your home
Replace or repair any damage to shingles, fascia and soffitsRemove any timber landscaping post or logs.

 

Reduce humidity in subfloor by installing a crossflow ventilation fanDivert water sources away from home

 

Remove any dead stumps or trees

 

Seal cracks and crevices in and around homePruning of bushes and heavy foliage is a mustGet a ladder and check your gutters and remove any left, twigs and debris that maybe in your guttersRemove any moisture in and around your homeCheck for any changes in and around your home
Water overflow pipes and air-conditioning pipes are directed away from your homeFirewood and untreated timber be removed from your premises 

 

 

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If you have found termites in or around your home please do not disturb them as by disturbing the termites will cause the termites to move to another location in your home making it harder for the termite technician to ascertain how bad the termite infestation is in your home and what treatment is right for you.

 

Further Reading:

Termite Control Sydney

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

Termites In Kellyville

Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?

Termite Control Sydney

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Termites have a specific role in their colony and are separated into three groups:

 

Reproductives

 

  • Queen – can live up to 50 years and pump out millions of baby termites. She will never leave the colony
  • King – his job is to fertilise the queen and will not leave the colony except at the start of the colony
  • Alates – will form their wings and when the perfect conditions arise they will leave the colony to form new colonies. This is usually when the humidity is just right

 

Soldiers – they are the front line when it comes to an attack of some sought.

 

Workers – will carry out all work which is needed such as building the colony and will distribute food.

 

There are three groups that classify termites.

  • Subterranean – will usually build their colony underground, under patios and base of trees. Will build mud leads and underground tunnels.
  • Dampwood – will usually build their colonies in timber landscaping, damp subfloors or damp wood.
  • Drywood – will usually be found in tropical climates, will nest in drywood and does not need ground contact.

 

There is two different shaped heads in termites which are:

  • Mandibulate head
  • Nasute head

 

AppearanceTermitesAnts
Body segmentsTwo segmentsThree segments
AntennaeVery straight beaded antennaeAntennae’s are elbowed
EyesBlind except AlatesCompounded eyes
ColourCreamy whiteBlack and reddish brown
WingsEqual length wingsOne wing longer than the other

 

 

Further Reading:

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

Termite High Risk Map Of Australia

Is your home protected from Termites?

Subterranean Termites

Dampwood Termites

Drywood Termites

Termite Prevention Tips Sydney

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Every homeowner’s worst nightmare is “you have termites”.

 

But what are somethings you can do around your home that can help reduce the risk factor of termites setting up home in your humble abode?

 

I have been researching on different ways that the average homeowner can prevent the risk of termites entering their home.

 

Unfortunately for homeowners insurance companies do not pay out claims for termite damage.

 

It is recommended by Australian standards to have a termite inspection yearly and if in a bushy area to have every six months.

 

So what are somethings you can do around your home to reduce the risk factor of termites.

 

  • Reduce humidity in your subfloor by installing a crossflow ventilation fan.
  • Go around your property and remove any timber landscaping post.
  • Remove timbers in subfloor.
  • Fix any leaking pipes in and around your home.
  • Remove any wood chippings in your landscaping area.
  • If you have a section for firewood or untreated timber I highly recommend that the firewood and untreated timber be removed from your premises.
  • Divert any water sources away from your home.
  • Have a day where you do some pruning of bushes and heavy foliage.
  • Get a ladder and check your gutters and remove any debris that maybe in your gutters.
  • Remove any dead stumps or trees from your premises.
  • Make sure that water overflow pipes and air-conditioning pipes are directed away from your home.
  • Seal any cracks and crevices in and around your home.
  • Remove any moisture in and around your home.
  • Replace or repair any damage shingles, fascia and soffits.
  • Do mini inspection and check for any changes in and around your home.

 

If you have found out that you indeed have termites please do not disturb them as  by disturbing the termites will cause the termites to move to another location in your home making it harder for the termite technician to ascertain how bad the termite infestation is in your home.

 

Further Reading:

Ten facts about termites that you may not know.

Why choose Redline Pest Control for your pest and termite services?

Is your home protected from Termites?

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

Termite Alates Swarm over Sydney

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The word Alate refers to pest that is of a form of a social insect.

 

These can refer to Termite, Ants, Thrips and Aphids.

 

Females are often referred to queens or Gynes and the males are often referred to kings or drones.

 

In the past few days Termite Alates have taken flight across Sydney.  This happens when there has been abundance of rain and then high humidity and heat. Alates are poor flyers with their wings being very fragile and often breaking away from their body. A female Alate will attempt to attract a male Alate when they have settled from their flight in order to make their own colony and will reproduce.

 

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So what does that mean for homeowners across Sydney?

 

Sydneysiders are now at risk of termites potentially setting up house in their place of home or business.

 

No one wants to think that their home or business could be damaged by termites and let alone these days with the economy rising who can afford all the repairs that come with termites and the damage that they can cause.

 

So what can you do to prepare for termites?

 

By Australian standards it is recommended that each premises has a prevention barrier and regular termite inspections. For homes in really bushy areas the CSIRO recommends that you have 6 monthly termite inspections and for areas that are not so busy every 12 months.

 

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Map supplied by CSIRO Australia.

 

Below is something you can do to reduce the risk of termites attacking your premises.

 

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  • Remove all debris from your subfloor and external areas
  • Remove bark and wood chippings
  • Remove any logs and sleepers
  • Replace of wooden fences that have wood rot in them
  • Hot water tank overflow pipe will need to be drained further away from your premises
  • Ventilation system will need to be put in place for those who have subfloors with high humidity as dark, damp and moist environments are a dream come true for termites
  • Do mini inspections on your premises, go around check to see if anything looks abnormal like timbers warping, paint bubbling or blistering, saw dust like material, changes in the colour of paint, cracks that may appear, water leaks and mud particles or mud leads.

 

Unfortunately Sydney homeowners are often unaware of termites chewing through their premises until it is either too late as their house has significant damage or their premises collapsed to the ground.

 

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I know that I am always saying in my blogs, across social media or even to our clients on the phone how vital it is to have regular termite inspections done and a prevention barrier put into place as your homeowners insurance company will not pay you out if termites attack your premises if this has not been done.

 

I often say that homeowners and investors get the raw end of the banana as not only do they have to worry about mortgage repayments, day to day living and if you have kids their activities but you also have to worry about protecting your biggest investment you will ever have against termites.

 

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Further Reading For Termites:

Is your home protected from termites

Subterranean termites

Drywood Termites

Dampwood Termites

Termites in Kellyville

Termites Castle Hill

Is it important to  have a termite inspection

Termite Services

Pre-Purchase Inspections Sydney

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Congratulations you made the first step on purchasing that dream home or investment property. But what do you need to do to make sure that you are protected when it comes to purchasing that property?

 

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What is the first step that buyers must do?

 

First step that all buyers must do is a pre-purchase inspection. This inspection is a must if you want to avoid buying a lemon house. Who here wants to buy a home then find out later that the property that they have bought is actually riddled with termites, wood rot and many other issues.

 

So what Does Redline Pest Control have to offer when it comes to your pre-purchase inspection?

 

  • Fully licensed and insured with public liability.
  • 100% customer satisfaction guarantee.
  • Technicians who are highly trained to pick up the smallest inconsistencies on or around your property.
  • A service which is not only of the highest standard but a professional approach to speak to you in a way that you will understand.
  • Competitive prices.

 

What are you looking for in a pre-purchase inspection?

 

When a Redline Pest Control technician conducts a pre-purchase inspection he is looking for any termites, termite workings, borers, borer’s damage, wood rot, ventilation issues, poor drainage, high risk areas for termites and structural damage.

 

How do you conduct a pre-purchase inspection?

 

  • Inspect all interior walls, skirtings and staircases.
  • Inspect roof void, subfloor, outbuilding and external areas.
  • Tapping of timbers and use of a moisture meter to see if there is any internal areas that look out of the norm.

 

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Once the inspection has been done what do I get so I know the inspection has been carried out?

 

  • Full inspection report outlining any issues that we may of found.
  • Report includes high definition photos of any issues.
  • Free no obligation quote to fix any issues regarding termites or if you need a termite prevention barrier.
  • Advise you of things which need to be removed from the property such a sleepers, timbers, logs, wood chippings and various other items as it very well could attract termites.

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Further Reading:

Termite Inspections

Termite Treatments

Is Your Home Protected By Termites?

Types of Termites

 

Is it important to have a Termite Inspection?

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Why is it so important to have a termite inspection on your home?

 

 

For anyone who has either just bought their home or that has owned their home for a while now needs to know just how important a termite inspection is on your home.

 

 

First and foremost, when is a good time to have a termite inspection done on your home?

 

 

I always advise our clients that by Australian standards if you are in an area that is bushy or that is well known to have termites have an inspection every 6 to 12 months. If your area is not bushy you can have an inspection every 12 months.

 

 

What can happen if I don’t have a termite inspection?

 

 

A lot can happen such as extensive termite damage that can lead into the thousands or even worse your home will have to be demolished. Unfortunately no insurance companies cover the cost for termite damage and unless you have very deep pockets I would highly recommend that an inspection is vital for your home.

 

 

What can I do to reduce the risk of termites coming and setting up home at my house?

 

 

There are a number of things you can do to help reduce the risk of termites.

 

 

  • Keep a well ventilated subfloor and roof void as termites love moisture and humidity.
  • Fix leaking pipes and taps as you don’t want a water source for the termites.
  • Remove any wood debris such as wood chippings, sleepers, tree stumps etc.
  • Do mini inspections on your home to see if there is anything out of the ordinary.
  • Have regular termite inspections.

 

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What are some signs that I have termites?

 

 

  • Mud particles protruding through the gyprock fibro or any other timbers in or around your home. Mud tunnels are created by termite faeces.
  • When your timbers have a warp or hollow shape to it.
  • When your walls or ceilings paint start to blister.
  • When your floors or ceilings start to sag.
  • If you have power outage due to termites eating through the electrical cables.

 

 

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What should you do if you find active termites on your premises?

 

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Please under no circumstances do not disturb them. Disturbing them only moves them from where you found them making it hard for any pest technician to pin point where they have moved to.

 

 

You see you may have found termites on one section of your premises but in reality that could be a sub nest and that the actual nest that the queen ls in could be on a neighbouring property.  Now if you have disturbed them how are we going to treat the termites if we can’t see the termites? Yes sure we can treat that area that you saw the termites but that would not fix the issue that you have.

 

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Termites In Kellyville

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I have been receiving a few calls from frantic customers who have been doing renovations on their home and have come across termites. From what it appears to be that the Hills area has been hit hard with termites this year especially Castle Hill. It is essential to always have a termite inspection every 12 months to avoid the disappointment of repairing or losing your home to Termites.  If you are in a more bushy area it is recommended to have a termite Inspection every 6 months. It is important to know whether the home you have bought has had a termite treatment set in place that way if you’re home has not had a termite treatment put in place you can arrange for a qualified pest technician to come out and provide you with a termite prevention Barrier. Redline Pest Control is the leading expert in termite control for Castle Hill and Sydney. Each technician that Redline Pest Control hires has gone through extensive courses on both termites and how to treat termites effectively. I often get to speak to our customers on a day-to-day basis and find out what their concerns are. Speaking with Mrs Wong from Castle Hill Who had active termites nestled in a tree in the backyard wasn’t aware that by Australian standards it is recommended that she has a termite inspection done on her home every 12 months. Mrs Wong was shocked to find out that if she had extensive damage done to her home by termites that her insurance company would not fix any termite damage done to her home. Luckily for Mrs Wong she had caught the termites before the termites have a chance to take up residency in her home and cause extensive damage.

 

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What are some of the signs you can look out for when It comes to termites? Mud particles protruding through the gyprock fibro or any other timbers in or around your home. The paint or plaster on your walls or ceiling blistering. Mud tunnels which can be up the wall in your subfloor and any other foundation on your home. My tunnels are created by termite faeces. Sagging floors or ceilings. Hollowing of timbers. Power failure as termites chewed through electrical wires. What should you do if you have found termites in your home or on your property? First and foremost do not disturb the termites as by disturbing the termites will cause them to move to a new location. Do not spray the termites with any store or product nor pour any other chemical on to the termites as this will only kill the termites which are there and will not kill the colony. Redline Pest Control Will always inspect identify and treat termites accordingly to the Australian standards.

 

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Is your home protected from Termites?

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Is your home protected from Termites?

We all know that our homes are our biggest investment and finding out that our humble abode has termites would shake anybody to the core.

Unfortunately your insurance company will not pay you out if you have termite damage to your home or even worse if your home falls downs due to termite damage.

What do Termites Look like?

People often confuse Termites and Ants as being the same but they are nowhere remotely similar. Did you know that Termites are actually related to cockroaches yep that’s right they are related.

Subterranean Termites:

• Queen Termite: pale yellow-brown to black, queen will live up to 25 years and is solely confined to one place as she reproduces for the colony.
• Alates: darkish brown to black in colour with two long wings that are equal in length, roughly half an inch.
• Workers: creamish whitish colour with no wings and less than half an inch.
• Soldiers: creamish whitish colour with a brownish colour head, no wings, large jaws, they are the colony defender.
Drywood Termites:

• Queen Termite: brownish to creamish colour, queen will live up to 45 years and is solely confined to one place as she reproduces for the colony.
• Alates: darkish brown to black in colour with two long wings that are equal in length, roughly half an inch.
• Workers: creamish whitish colour with no wings and less than half an inch.
• Soldiers: creamish whitish colour with a brownish colour head, no wings, large jaws, they are the colony defender.

Dampwood Termites:

• A Pair of Winged Termites will find a nice damp chamber and will reproduce a few eggs the first year and is known for their small colonies. In some cases Dampwood Termites can build larger colonies if the conditions are right.
• There is no king or queen in Dampwood Termites.
• There are no Dampwood Termite workers only soldiers and alates.
• Nymph Termites do all the work that would have been done by worker.
• Brownish creamish in colour with a large head with pincers protruding from it.

What are the signs of Termites?

For many home owners unfortunately we all are unaware that our homes has Termites until they we have a Termite Inspection or before we start to see damage on our home. How can we be more proactive in saving our home from the devastating damage which Termites leave behind?

Signs of Termites

Most homeowners with termites don’t even realise they have termites until they start seeing the damage.
What can you do is little inspections around your property and look for any irregular signs and if something doesn’t look the same whether is warped out of shape or there is mud like substances. Here are a few signs that will help with your mini inspections:

• Mud looking material on wooden surfaces. When termites eat a hole through an exterior wall what they will do is patch it up with their faeces and dirt. This is called mud-leads and will have the appearance of mud like substance.
• Look out for any winged termites or discarded long wings. When Termites swarm this means that they are looking for a new home for the king and queen to mate. This usually happens in warmer months after it has rained as the humidity in the air makes it ideal for Termites to mate.
• When doing your inspection look out for mud leads around the exterior of your home and in sub-floors. Any timbers which have warped, breaks when lightly poked and any saw dust like substances.
• If you have found Termites or their workings please do not spray or disturb them as by doing this will only cause the termites to move to a new location making it harder to find.
• Check moist, dark places in your home by looking for powder that looks like sawdust, Holes in wood’s surface, Paint bubbles, Holes in wood’s surface, Hollow-sounding wood and visible Termites.

What do I do if I found Termites?

• Do not attempt to get rid of them by spraying, burning or any other method of treatment which is not done by a qualified pest controller as by disturbing the Termites will only make it hard for the technician to find the Termite nest where the Queen is.
• Call a professional pest controller, make sure he is fully licensed and that he is qualified to eradicate Termites as there is a lot of people out there that is not licensed or qualified.
• Get a few quotes from different pest controllers. Remember going on the cheap side could end up costing you thousands and even your home if the treatment is not done correctly.
• Make sure the pest controller provides you with paperwork that he has done the treatment and if a full barrier has been put in to place than a durable notice in the meter box.

Here are some pictures below that shows you different termites and the their habitat.

 

 

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