Pre-Purchase Pest Inspections: The 3 'Most Wanted' Culprits

When you buy your first home (or even second or third!) there is always something new to learn. One thing that most first home buyers will quickly realise is that you need to ensure both pest and building inspections are undertaken on your soon to be new digs!

At PestBuildLegals, we consider this to be money very well spent. Why? Because pest infestations and their effects can have huge impacts on the viability of your home - just google “termite home infestation” if you want to see just how much! On second thoughts, perhaps best not if you're squeamish.

Pest inspections are essential, as they can prevent you from having to deal with unforeseen problems and extra costs later on. Not only that, any damage or infestations that you find can often be remedied before you settle, or used to negotiate a better purchasing price. It’s important to keep this in mind: finding some sort of pest doesn’t always mean that the deal is automatically off, far from it.

So what sort of pests do inspectors look for? Here we take a quick look at the top 3 villains that your pest inspector will look for when undertaking a pre-pre purchase pest inspection.


This is one of the big ones. The reason that most people first think of termites is that they are both common in Australia, and worse, they can potentially cause so much damage that they can result in your home being deemed unsafe to live in, sometimes requiring a complete demolition. Sadly, this will be done at your cost.

Wood Borers

Termites are not the only pest that can breakdown wood. The other lesser-known but equally damaging pests are beetles that, yes, bore into wood. These critters can be known by all sorts of names such as Auger, Jewel, Stag and Pinhole Borers. Whatever they are called, you don’t want them. Just like termites, left to their own devices they can lead to structural damage and even failure.

Carpenter Ants

Lesser-known culprits are Carpenter ants. Whilst they do not directly consume wood, they will bore into wood to build their nests. As their colony gets bigger, they need more space, your space to be precise. Many ants can cause structural damage to you home, but non as severe as carpenter ants. Just like the termites and wood borers, they can affect the structural integrity of your home.

At this stage, you may be forgiven for thinking that you’re ok if your home is made from steel and brick. You’d be mistaken. Brick and steel framed homes are also at risk. Indeed, it is estimated one in five homes in Australia is treated for damage caused by pests at some stage of its life. The solution? Find yourself a reliable and professional pest inspection provider, and ensure that your dream home is your dream home and not someone else’s dinner!

Buying a home can be a complicated process, but it is so much easier if you have the right team of professionals by your side. At PestBuildLegals, we make the process of finding this team a little easier but providing you free, no-obligation quotes for Pest and Building inspectors, as well as for legal representation.

Written by Ben Saravia,  

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