Termite damage

This short video shows a door frame in a house at a recent inspection in Melbourne that has active termites inside. The termite species was Coptotermes Acinaciformis which is a fairly common termite species in Victoria. These termites are subterranean termites and where they entered this particular house they were completely concealed and undetected. This damage occurred within 4 -5 months and shows the importance of undertaking regular timber pest inspections.  Click here to view our You Tube video.

We conduct building inspections including termite damage checks for homes across Melbourne.

7 Signs a house could be a lemon.

There is no perfect house. Even new homes have issues, but the key is to discover the really big ones before you buy. Here are just 7 things to check for.

  1. Check the roof isn’t sagging.
  2. Check there are no cracks in the brickwork.
  3. Check the brick mortar hasn’t been patched.
  4. Check the floors aren’t sloping.
  5. Check there is access to the subfloor for inspection.
  6. Check for mould and stains on walls and ceilings.
  7. Check for excessively damp soil under and around the house.

Melbourne House Check love checking for lemons.

You can find our facebook post on this matter also.

House Hunting – 2 things to look out for.

If you are house hunting, make sure you know what you are buying.

Sometimes vendor’s attempt to cover up defects. Here are 2 thing’s to look out for – Old houses that have been newly rendered and newly painted interiors.

Sometimes these improvements have been made to conceal problems, mainly cracking in walls. If you are presented with new render or new paint work, it’s important to look further.

Pre-Purchase House and Pest Inspections identify the things you need to know.


carbon monoxide check

Carbon Monoxide Check

Carbon Monoxide or CO can be deadly. It is an odorless, colorless gas that is omitted from faulty gas appliances. It is important that gas appliances in your house that produce Carbon Monoxide emissions are tested regularly.

The initial symptoms of low to moderate CO poisoning are similar to the flu (but without the fever). They include:

  • Headache,
  • shortness of breath,
  • nausea
  • Dizziness.

Some common products that can emit carbon monoxide when you use them are

  • Flued gas heaters
  • gas BBQs
  • portable cookers that use wood, gas or kerosene
  • portable heaters that use wood, gas or kerosene

Melbourne House Check test for dangerous Carbon Monoxide emissions.