Timber Pest Inspection – why you need one!

Termite workings and damage to a pitched hardwood roof

1. Know your investment is safe

It gives you peace of mind knowing that your future major investment is not in the process of being consumed by timber pests and also does not have any past structural termite damage which may lead to future failure.

termite damage
Termite damage to ceiling timber support leads to structural failure

2. Time is of the essence.

Identification of damaging timber pests such as termites, borers and decay, sooner rather than later, is critical.

The damage that these pests can inflict in a short period of time is great.  Once identified, appropriate urgent action can be taken as agreed by the Vendor and/or the Purchaser of the property.

3. Identify existing pest management systems

Our inspector will identify whether there are any pest management systems already in place on the property and how to ensure that existing warranties remain valid.

4. Prevention is better than the cure.

The pest inspection will detect conditions that may encourage future attack and the written report will contain information to help limit exposure.  Prevention is always less costly!  We advise that any recommendations detailed in the report be followed without delay. We can also advise on a termite control plan if they are found on the property.

5. Moisture and some timber pests are best friends.

Inspections should always seek out moisture that should not be there.  It could be something as simple as a broken downpipe, or maybe a little more complex such as insufficient airflow or even a faulty plumbing system.

A Timber Pest Inspection report will contain findings and provide recommendations for any areas of concern (view a sample pest report).  This type of problem doesn’t always become apparent until major damage has already been done.


By Brett Williams, Building and Pest Inspector
Inspect My Home – Perth North Metro, WA