Pre Purchase
Termite Inspections


As a pest inspector, Richard Eedy has personally seen investments go wrong when termite damage was found post-purchase. We’ll have a look at some of the things he’s seen and how you can avoid some of the pitfalls others suffered when they didn’t get the right pre-purchase termite inspection. 

No Inspection? What Can Go Wrong?


Don’t do this. Never buy a home without an inspection prior to purchase. There is so much that can go wrong.

Termites can be incredibly invasive and damaging. Even when you can’t see them. Richard has done many inspections in which he’s uncovered tens of thousands of dollars worth of damage. For instance, check out this bathroom. It looked okay until the inspection was done. What you see below is the damage that was uncovered after the room was stripped.

The average cost of termite damage in Australia is $10,000. And it’s usually not covered by insurance.

You Have Been Supplied With A Report From Another Inspection Done Recently. Should You Trust it?

You’ve saved a couple hundred dollars on a report. That’s a win, right? But you’re spending several hundred thousand dollars on your house. Or maybe a million or more. Wouldn’t the investment in an independent and thorough report be worth it?

Shouldn’t you know who did the report? 

Shouldn’t you know under what circumstances it was done?

Shouldn’t you see the process and ask questions of your inspector?  

A Cautionary Tail

Richard often works with Gold Coast building inspector Mark Woods and together they have performed many building and pest inspections for a local property investor.

When  looking at a property recently, the investor wasn’t going to get an inspection done with Richard and Mark because he had already been supplied with a pre-purchase building and pest report.

That report indicated there were no issues at all. The buyer changed his mind and got Mark and Richard to do their usual pre-purchase inspections for him.

What they found were issues on a scale that prevented the sale from going through under any terms.

The investor described the inspections that Richard and Mark did for him in this case as the best money he’d ever spent! 

The problem with accepting someone else’ inspection report is you don’t know under what terms it was done or the expertise of the person who did it. In the case we detailed above, it’s obvious that the inspector who did the report supplied, was not competent in the job and did not perform a thorough inspection.

You should be able to totally rely on the information in the pre-purchase termite report that you are paying for so you can make your purchase decision with the best information you can get.

You should, if possible, accompany your inspector, see what they do and ask them questions. If they are evasive or not knowledgeable or obviously not doing a thorough inspection then you cannot rely on their report. 

Your Real Estate Agent Recommended A Termite Inspector

There’s a better than average chance that your real estate agent has been super helpful and has gained your trust. That’s a good thing. But you still shouldn’t trust them to recommend your inspector to you. At this point, with the entire sale riding on the outcome of this report, it’s too much to ask that they should recommend the most thorough pest inspector on the Gold Coast. 

Can you guarantee your Gold Coast real estate agent will recommend a pest inpector who won’t hand you a “soft” report?

Richard’s experience suggests inspectors recommended by agents tend to skew their reports toward under-reporting possible issues.

In fact, it was Richard’s experience with real estate agents, while working for a leading Gold Coast pest control business,  that lead him to form his own pest service, Gold Coast Pest Inspector

While working for that previous pest business, a  Gold Coast agent made the following complaint against Richard to his boss: 

The bloke you've got working for you gave us a pest inspection report that states the house we've listed is riddled with termites. The vendor is not happy and we're not happy because we want to sell this house immediately!

Richard did not like the dressing down he received and walked away from the job. He refused to be beholden to real estate agents who were in a position to compromise his integrity as a professional.

The pest company he worked for, as well as many others like them on the Gold Coast got the bulk of their business referred to them from a short list of real estate agencies.

It was perhaps not overtly stated, but there was definitely an understanding that the pest inspectors wouldn’t ruin a good sale with a bad report. 

Five Star Rated Pre Purchase Termite Inspector

Gold Coast Pest Inspector for comprehensive termite inspections

Not only does Richard Eedy have decades of experience, he’s also probably the most dedicated termite inspector you’ll ever meet. He’ll crawl through tight and dirty spaces, investigate every clue, and turn over everything that might hide a termite.

He constantly spots termite activity that was not detected by other inspectors. We even wrote an article about it:

What Did Your Termite Inspector Miss?

When you want the inspector who finds the things that others missed, choose Richard. 

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