If you are having a new home or additions built the builder is responsible for providing a termite risk management (TRM) system for the work. However, the home owner is responsible for conducting regular checks of the home to identify if there is any termite activity. You should find out about the different systems of termite risk management.

Termite attacks are not limited to wood house frames and roof structures, they can also attack wall linings, including plaster board, cupboards, skirtings, windows and door frames, carpets, plastic coating on electrical wiring and even furniture, books, artwork, clothing and personal papers.

If you’re building a new house, you may also wish to investigate the option of using steel frames and roof trusses in order to help minimise the attraction of termites, borers and rot.

New technology and treatments for TRM systems are constantly evolving. Do your research and discuss with your builder, and if necessary, seek further advice.

TRM systems differ depending on whether your home is built on:

  • a concrete slab-on-ground or
  • a raised (or suspended) floor.
  • Termite risk can be minimised when an effective TRM system is in place and you carry out regular checks.

    Systems that can be used include:

  • chemical barriers
  • physical barriers
  • termite resistant materials
  • minimum termite risk construction
  • landscape considerations.
  • Irrespective of the system you choose, regular inspections of the property are required for early detection of any termite activity.

    If you buy a house that’s new, make sure that you find out what type of TRM system is in place and that you get any associated certificates.

    Free building report evaluation offer

    I am assuming that you are interested in a pre-purchase building and pest inspection report. I have taken the liberty of detailing these inspections in the following. However, we also provide, NCAT and Court expert witness reports, Special Purpose reports, dilapidation reports, completion reports, and Strata reports of the highest and most competent quality. Just a little on our building and pest inspection reports.

    A building inspection report is $480.00, and a pest inspection report is $295.00. It is worthwhile to get a combined report for the building and pest inspection; this is $595.00.

    The reason for this is the discount on both equals less than the sum total of the two.

    Further, it is more comprehensive to appraise the building in terms of its construction risk management system for prevention of termites and long-term maintenance, hence the advantages of the combined report.I am a building professional with an honours degree in building, a Clerk of Works Carpentry, and Joinery certificate of proficiency and thirty years inspection construction and development experience in the industry. Project management of major Government and Private industry infrastructure, service installation, contract management, and quality control has provided background inspection experience for me. This has shaped my understanding of regulatory requirements, services requirements, and compliance.Our Building report will look at the structural, regulatory, and compliance elements of the components and services. A pest report concentrates on the pest risks and detection.

    The combined report concentrates on how the type of construction will prevent termites and pests from entering and structurally damaging the building.

    Then the appropriate system for prevention, i.e., physical or chemical barrier or a combination of both can be determined and how and where they should be used.Australian Standard AS 4349 requires all building inspections to have a standard inspection agreement. We do this with our "booking" form online.

    Please provide;Your full name, phone number (to discuss the property), and address to mail the report to
    The estate agents name and phone number (we will arrange the appointment and access)

    The address of the property,

    After providing these details we can arrange the appointment for the building and pest inspection. We are able to turn the report around within the day of inspection or at the latest the next morning.

    Thank you.