Pre-Purchase Pest Inspections

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Make sure you’ve done your due diligence by booking a pre-purchase pest inspection

If you are about to buy a new house, you should consider investing in a pre-purchase pest inspection report. Buying a property is one of the biggest financial investment decisions you can make. You wouldn’t buy a car without first taking it for a test drive, so why risk spending hundreds of thousands more on a house without having had it inspected by an expert first. 

Don’t make a blind offer. The information in our professional pre-purchase pest inspection report could help you negotiate a price reduction or withdraw from the sale altogether. Get informed, know what you’re buying, and buy with confidence!

When you move into your new home, you want to start decorating and getting used to your new lifestyle – not dealing with pests that could have been checked for beforehand. The risk of moving in with an active infestation is that you won’t know how serious it is until it’s too late, and it will be much costlier to deal with later on.

Avoid the risk of assuming everything is perfect when you move in – hire us for pre-purchase termite & timber pest inspection and ensure that you don’t inherit someone else’s disaster.


As noted, the pre-purchase inspection is a non-invasive (visual) inspection of the real estate only. We are not allowed to move any of the vendor’s furniture or items, or cause damage to the property by probing materials. If we cannot access a particular area, we will report as such.

Pre-Purchase Timber Pest Inspections: What Are They?

What does a pre-purchase pest inspection involve and how to get one

A pre-purchase pest inspection involves a thorough, non-invasive inspection of your property of interest, seeking to identify:

The inspection primarily focuses on timber pests – termites, borers and wood decay – and should more accurately be called a pre-purchase timber pest inspection.


Our pre-purchase pest inspections, and subsequent reports, are carried out in accordance with Australian Standards 4349.3-2010 and the AEPMA Code of Practice for Prior to Purchase Specialist Timber Pest Inspections.

What Areas Do We Inspect?

We inspect all buildings and structures within the property’s boundary, including a full inspection of every room and of the ceiling void and subfloor areas (where applicable).


We also inspect any timber fences, decks, pergolas, outbuildings, trees and landscape timbers in a 50m radius of the main building (within the property’s boundary).


Real Estate vendors are known to hide or prevent access to problem areas. You can be rest assured that our technicians at Defender Pest Control Specialists Melbourne are savvy to these actions and skilled at spotting and reporting on any suspicious areas requiring further access or an invasive inspection. Please note, the vendor is not obliged to grant any requests for further or invasive access.

How to Get a Pre-Purchase Pest Inspection

Getting a pre-purchase pest inspection is easy: you call us!

We work for you, not the vendor or the real estate agent! We will work with the agent to find an appropriate time to attend at the property, with or without you. If you wish to attend at the time of the inspection, you are welcome to do so. Our technician can point out their findings as they go.

We will then provide you, our client, with our full and in-depth report once we’ve conducted our inspection. More often than not, a pest inspection condition in a Contract of Sale will require that you provide a copy of the report to the vendor. However, outside of such a stipulation, the report is yours to do with as you see fit.

We will happily discuss any questions you may have following your reading of the report: we want you to be as informed as possible before making or finalising your offer.

Our report will document:

  • any visual evidence of current timber pest activity (termite, borer, wood decay)

  • The extent and location of any timber pest damage

  • Any construction issues and environmental conditions that make the property more susceptible to future timber pest attack

  • A summary of the risk of ongoing and future damage to the property

  • Recommendations for solving construction and environmental issues to make the property less likely to suffer timber pest damage

  • Report on any pre-existing termite management systems in place

  • Recommendations for a termite management plan to eliminate any current infestation and aid in reducing any risk of future infestations

Pre-Purchase Termite Inspections - Why You Should Hire Defender

We can take care of your pre-purchase pest inspection


When our technicians perform pre-purchase termite inspections, they don’t waste any time. They are diligent and efficient at what they do, so that you can be assured your interests are being well taken care of. We know that you’re anxious to find out the verdict. So that you can take the appropriate course of action when considering the real estate in question, we aim to deliver our in-depth report to you within 48 hours of the inspection.


There’s no point paying anyone to perform a pre-purchase pest inspection if you can’t trust that they did a thorough or accurate job. If the provider doesn’t check every nook and cranny, misidentifies an infestation, or messes up in some other way, then you won’t be able to trust the accuracy of their report and plan an appropriate response.

You can trust the team at Defender to perform the most thorough inspection possible, making use of the best practise methods and professional equipment to give you an authoritative answer on the pest problem (if there is one).


You want to be certain about whether or not there’s a problem with your property of interest, but you don’t want to go bankrupt in the process. Our rates are competitive for this very reason.

Don’t Risk Not Knowing – Hire Us for a Pre-Purchase

Termite & Timber Pest Inspection

Get peace of mind and enjoy your new residence without looking back

If you’re reading this, then you obviously don’t want to waste any time with this process. We know you want to get the peace of mind you need to sign that contract and complete your real estate purchase. However, if you rush through and fail to engage a reputable provider of pre-purchase pest inspections for real estate, then you run a serious risk of them reporting that the property is clear of infestations when it really isn’t.

The report we provide you with at the end of our audit will be an authoritative, legal document upon which you should base your decisions. Not only do we provide a report on the state of any infestation, but we can also be engaged to perform the subsequent extermination as well.

Take Control with Your Pre-Purchase Termite Inspection Report

Get hard evidence of the infestation so you can force action before you buy

If you’re anything like us, you like to be sure of the quality of something before spending a lot of money on it, and real estate can be one of the biggest investments you ever make – you don’t want to mess it up! If the seller can’t guarantee the property is free of infestation, then you need to organise a pre-purchase pest inspection so that you can complete the purchase with peace of mind.

Remember, if pests are discovered, you can also hire us to eliminate them for good so that you can start enjoying your new home.

Don’t just assume the best. Get a pre-purchase termite & timber pest inspection by contacting us or calling 0452 632 472 today!

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