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. South Coast Building 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


  • AllWalls
  • 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

How long do our pest inspections take?
A typical pest inspection takes between one to two hours; this may vary depending on the property in question. We believe in providing the best possible inspection, while other companies may be faster they will not be as thorough, potentially resulting in missed pests and costing you money. South Coast Building Inspections perform a comprehensive service saving you from future issues.

However if the length of the inspection is an issue, feel free to speak to our inspectors and we will find a solution without skimping on detail.

Do I need a pest inspection in addition to a building inspection?
To be as thorough as possible be always recommend you have both a building and pest inspection. 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. 

By deploying a targeted search for problem pests you can potentially save yourself the drama and cost of future damage caused by active pests.

What damage can termites cause?
If left unchecked and untreated termites can cause huge structural damage that can be incredibly expensive to repair. The most common types of termite damage are as follows:

  • Degradation to all timberwork
  • Damage to floor joists and bearers
  • Damage to roof and structural timbers
  • Electrical wiring failure

Any one of these issues can have a domino effect resulting in major damage. If loadbearing or crucial structures are impacted serious dangers such as roof collapse may result.

How do I reduce the risk of these pests?
Here are some easy ways we recommend to reduce your risk of termite infection and damage:

  • Store firewood and timber away from the house
  • Ensure water drains away from your house
  • Remove dead or decaying wood and trees from around your house
  • Keep plants and trees near your building well trimmed
  • Never let timber in the building come in direct contact with the soil

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