Whether you are buying or selling a home a Building and Pest Inspection is something we recommend that every home should get. As a seller a pre-sale Building and Pest is a great way to identify any structural issues or hidden pests that can be rectified before putting the property up for sale. On the other end as a buyer a Building and Pest Inspection will provide you with a detailed report on the condition of the property and will highlight any areas that may need attention.

We’ve asked our friends at OneHome Inspections to help clarify exactly what is involved in a Building and Pest Inspection and how it can benefit you.

Building Inspection

A Building Inspection is a visual inspection of the property that will identify any major defects, the incidence of minor defects and safety hazards associated with the property at the time of the inspection. The inspection will report on the following where possible: 

  • interior 
  • exterior 
  • roof void 
  • subfloor 
  • roof exterior  

All OneHome Inspection reports include photographs as well as recommendations on how to bring the identified areas up to the Australian Standard. Some of the most common defects found during a Brisbane Building Inspection include:

  • structural cracks 
  • damp problems 
  • damaged roof 
  • tile cracks
  • leaking showers
  • defective guttering
  • flooding and damp related issues 

Some examples of potential safety hazards are collapsing balconies, unsafe staircases, illegal or unsafe handrails. 

Pest Inspection

Similarly, Pest Inspections provide peace of mind, ensuring there are no unwanted guests, hiding in the property. The Pest Inspection will identify the discovery, or non-discovery, of infestation and/or damage caused by termites (white ants), borers, and wood decay fungi (rot). Statistics from the CSIRO indicate that one in three houses in Brisbane has some form of termite damage with the city ranked as one of Australia’s highest at risk for Termite attack to homes. 

The most common defects our Inspectors identify during Brisbane Pest Inspections include: 

  • wood-rot 
  • rotten window frames 
  • tree root damage 
  • rotten or termite infested boundary fences 
  • borer and wood decay  

A Pest Inspection report will provide an opinion on the degree of risk of possible termite infestation and a recommendation for future management.”

Enabling the services of inspectors like Tom from OneHome allows you to benefit from their knowledge and skills. With a keen eye and specialized equipment they are able to identify areas that need attention much easier and quicker.


“During all Building and Pest Inspections carried out by OneHome Inspections, our Inspectors use the latest Thermal Imaging Technology. The benefit of a Thermal Image Camera is that it assists inspectors in identifying what is not always obvious on the surface. This could include such things as water leaks or termite activity. 

Thermal Imaging Technology is used to identify ‘hot’ and ‘cold’ spots. Hot spots might mean a higher chance of a termite nest for example. It is important to note that this technology is not currently part of the Australian Standard so if you are looking to engage in a Building and Pest Inspection, you should confirm that the Inspector uses a Thermal Image Camera for a more thorough inspection.”  

If you are looking to book a Building and Pest Inspection, please contact OneHome Inspections on 07 3369 5231 or visit www.onehomeinspections.com.au. 

Guest Author – OneHome Inspections