Like every trade, finding the right guy for the job is often confusing because everyone claims to be “the best” but who really knows until the job is done (if at all).
Personal referrals from family and friends whom have experienced a service from from a particular trade, will always be your best chance of having your job done done professionally.
Ok, so if your family and friends can’t refer any Pest Inspector on to you, you are left with the confusing world of the internet and marketing to help you find your inspector.
Don’t panic, here’s a few tips:
1. Try to find some reviews on that particular inspector.
2. See if you can find an image of the actual inspector to see if he/she looks physically capable of getting into tight areas of the roof and subfloor, beneath beds and other nooks and crannies that require inspecting.
3. Try to speak with the inspector prior to the booking to just get a feel of his/her enthusiasm, genuine interest and your comfort-ability with them. Just ask something like “what do you actually do when you do an inspection?” Remember that you are putting a significant amount of trust in them.
The reason I am writing this article is because I, as an ethical pest inspector/technician, was asked to conduct a termite treatment at Coombabah (Gold Coast) recently and was informed by my client who had only purchased his new home 4 weeks ago, that he got the “all clear” from his Pre-Purchase Pest inspector but just wanted this treatment done for piece of mind but…….
As part of my treatment, I am required to conduct my own inspection (insurance guidelines) and unfortunately found termite damage in 2 different areas in the roof void.
It was truly unfortunate that I had to inform my client of the damage that I had found and now the unknown damage in the walls below requires the removal of the plasterboard in some areas of his living room for structural assessment and rectification.
My client is a good guy who works hard for his young family and was obviously quite disappointed about what I had found. He informed me that the previous inspector was quite “a large fellow” who claimed that the roof void was too small for him to inspect so he never went up there. Sadly, the truth is that the roof void was not too small, he was just too big or not willing to make the effort.
I genuinely felt sorry for my client but the reality is that if I didn’t find this issue when I did, than the next competent Pre-Purchase Pest inspector would have found it when my client tried to ever sell their home in the future. This would leave my client and his family in the very difficult position of trying to sell their house with unknown termite damage within the walls below.
Now that rectifications have been made, photos and documentation have been provided, my client will not have “people running scared” or face heavy price reduction offers from people thinking “worst case scenario” when it’s time for the home to go back on the market.
If you require an honest and comprehensive termite/pest inspection and can’t find a personal referral from a family member of friend, I’d be happy to chat with you about what is involved and potential outcomes given the finds on the inspection. I have a true passion for providing my clients with the right advice and practical problem solutions.
Please feel free to either call me directly on 0459 166 396 or email me at this this link 🙂