DIY Building and Pest Inspection Checklist

Stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic leaves many homeowners with a lot of time available.

Stay at home due to the COVID-19 pandemic leaves many homeowners with a lot of time available. During this painful time, it is essential to keep yourself active. One option is to take the time and difficulty to do a complete DIY building and pest inspection of every house yourself utilizing a building inspection checklist.

Performing building inspections yourself is also a fantastic way to discover defects.

When doing the DIY inspection, try to portion your property into four parts: the exterior, the interior, the roof, and the around house. Here’s a checklist to print off and take with you when you attend inspect a property:

Building Inspection Interior Checklist

  • Look under the kitchen sink for damp areas or water ruin.
  • Check bathroom floor and wall space for leakages, cracks, or water damage.
  • Flush toilets and check cistern for leakages.
  • Start the bathroom and kitchen sinks to examine water drainage.
  • Verify that there is enough space for storage.
  • Examine the doors are possibly by opening and closing each of them.
  • Make sure there are sufficient electricity points.
  • Search for areas of damp around the walls and roof.
  • Look upwards when checking rooms. Symptoms of roof leakage are noticeable in ceilings and hairline cracks can take place.
  • If light fittings are absent, confirm to change them.
  • Be sure electrical appliances like a dishwashing machine, air conditioning unit, and/or heating unit are working and that they will remain in the property.
  • Examine carpets and rugs and floors for stains. If uncertain, ask for some furniture to be shifted to examine the carpet underneath.
  • If keys are losing from doors, cabinets or windows, make sure replacements.
  • Check out telephone, cable tv, and internet connections to make sure they are effectively installed.

Building Inspection Exterior Checklist

  • Verify all exterior taps, sprinkler systems, and water tanks for cracks and leakages.
  • Check out garden beds are below the weep holes throughout the outside of the property.
  • Check that the rain gutters have been removed out and that there aren't any overhanging trees.
  • Inspect the swimming pool for cracks and leakages, and make sure that sufficient safety measures are in place.

On the rooftop Checklist

  • If you're able to access the roof, examine for damaged or absent roof tiles, rust areas on metallic roofs, or washed-out color on concrete tiles. This could signify the necessity for the new sealant.
  • Examine the guttering for rust, leakages, and bending
  • Check that downpipes and water drainage are in portion

Pest Inspection Checklist

  • Examine all slabs and make sure a 150 mm of position between the ground and surface of the slab. Check out any noticeable termite paths on slabs.
  • Check out any records of prior pest control. Including any holes in the bottom or in slabs around the house where a pest barrier has been placed.
  • Check out the electrical meter box.
  • Ensure there are no wooden posts, beams, or joists in contact with garden beds.
  • Examine outdoors structural timbers for any indications of pest attack.
  • Touch gently on painted areas to ensure they are strong with no indications of infestations.
  • Get underneath the property and check foundations to check out termite paths.
  • Examine that all brick or concrete piers are ant assigned.
  • Observe if any loose wood or termite-friendly materials are kept there.
  • Take a close look through all bathrooms and damp areas because damp timbers are more outstanding to pests.

Around the house Checklist

  • Examine every tree around the property and in nearby properties that may create some risk and damage the property when they fell down or dropped big branches.
  • Check the condition of all fences, gates, and outside structures like sheds, carports, pergolas, and garage areas.
  • Check for any damp or dull areas in lawns that could show poor water flow.

At HouseCheck NSW, we are regularly assessing government advice on COVID-19 and what that signifies for our customers. We realize that the situation is changing quickly which may indicate changes in circumstances or safety methods for residents in NSW and around the country.

For further information about building and pest inspection

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