Pest Inspections Adelaide. Feel confident knowing that your property and family are free from dangerous pests!

If you’re buying or selling a property, you want to know you have made the right decision. While a building inspection is standard practice prior to purchase, we also highly recommend a thorough pest inspection.

While some people may think a building inspection will include looking for pests, it is important to note how different these processes are. Building inspections may only look for visual signs of damage or decay caused by pests. While a pest inspection directly looks for pests that are active in the structure of the building such as fungi, termites, mould and boring insects.

Pest inspections aim to catch the pest and prevent any further damage. Smart Choice Building & Pest Inspections also search anywhere up to 30 metres from the structure to look for any nearby threats, ensuring the future safety of your property.

Craig Foster, Owner/Inspector.

1 in 3 australian homes!!!

In a recent study the CSIRO found that 1 in 3 Australian homes have some level of termite occupation. The state of South Australia is seems is perfect for this insatiable pest.

What Do Our Pest Inspections Cover?

Our detailed pest inspections search for the presence of recent pest activity in all areas of the property including all rooms, fences, trees, sheds, roof, basements and out buildings. We use state of the art equipment to seek out pests such as moisture meters to ensure that no stone is left unturned. SC Building Inspections strictly follows the Australian Standards for Timber Pests (3600 2).


  • All Walls
  • Window Frames
  • Skirting Boards
  • Door Frames
  • Floorboards


  • All Walls
  • Door Frames
  • Pergolas / Verandahs
  • Window Frames
  • Decks


  • Up to 30m of house and within boundaries of property
  • Retaining Walls
  • Garages, Carports and Sheds
  • Fences
  • Trees and gardens

Sub-Floor Space

  • Floor boards
  • Beams
  • Slabs
  • Bearers
  • Stumps

Roof Space

  • Roof frame
  • Wall Plates

Roof Exterior

  • Fascia
  • Barges
A detailed but easy to read report is provided to you with each inspection. This includes information and pictures of problem areas in and around the building. We encourage questions post inspection, and are happy to answer any queries you may have regarding the findings.

Common Pest Inspection Questions

Why are termites such a problem?
Termites are the primary target we’re looking for when undertaking pest inspections, although there are other bugs we also check for and report on. Termites can cause major structural damage in a short space of time. They can be undetected from within the house but can be effectively eating away at the property’s structure.

There have been instances where houses have required demolition because the structural damage was so severe.

  • The most common types of termite damage are:
  • Degradation to all timberwork – structural as well as interior timbers
  • Damage to floor joists and bearers
  • Damage to roof and structural timbers
  • Electrical issues, including shorts and fires

Even if these issues may seem minor, each can have a domino effect resulting in major damage. If loadbearing or crucial structures are impacted more serious consequences can include roof, floor or wall collapse, electrical fires.

Why do pest inspections take so long?
A typical pest inspection takes anywhere from one to two hours. This may vary depending on the property; eg how easy it is to access to the roof and floor areas, property size and nature of construction. We believe in providing the best possible inspection, and quality takes time. You don’t want us to miss any pests that will ultimately cost you a lot more money in the longer term.

We pride ourselves on providing a detailed pest inspection to give you peace of mind.

When booking your service please discuss your preferred timeframes with us.

Is having just a pest inspection enough?

To be as thorough as possible Smart Choice Building & Pest Inspections always recommends you have both a building and pest inspection. Essentially the two types of inspections are looking for different issues. Pest inspections look directly for problem pests within and outside the building structure while building inspections only look for visual signs of damage and decay that can be caused by non-pest factors.

By deploying a targeted search for problem pests you can potentially save yourself the drama and cost of future damage caused by active pests as well as be alerted to other potential problems in your property.

How can I guard against pest-related property damage?
Naturally, we recommend having a pest inspection of your property on a regular basis as they can invade your property at any time. There is no sure-fire way to stop pests like termites invading your home, but you can reduce the potential.

Ensure any firewood and rubbish isn’t stored closed to your home.

Watch for signs of dying trees and shrubs and remove them from your property as soon as possible.

Don’t allow trees and shrubs to come in contact with your house, ensure they are kept well trimmed. Vines and bushes which touch buildings are the perfect pathways for termites.

Pests often seek out moisture, so avoid having moisture pooling or running towards your home.

Ensure there are sufficient barriers between soil and any timber associated with your home’s structure.

Have an enquiry about our Pest Inspections?
Call us today 0477 700 101