If you’re buying or selling a home, at some point in the process the subject of a termite inspection will be broached. These are generally required in order to secure many home loans, but even if they weren’t, a termite inspection would be a good idea anyway. You need to know (or your buyers need to know) that the investment is a good one – before signing those papers on closing day. Termites do infect one in thirty homes each year, so this is definitely an issue to take seriously.
So, a termite inspection is a good thing, because it can save you a lot of trouble and money down the road. But many people still feel nervous about what happens during a home inspection. Will we tear into your walls or pull up the floor boards, in search of the pests? Luckily, no, we don’t have to take such drastic measures.
A termite inspection is minimally invasive, and a trained termite inspector can spot the signs of of a problem without doing anything too drastic to the home.
First, the inspector will check typical entry points to the home. We look around the exterior of the foundation, in the crawl space or basement, and anywhere else the home makes contact with the ground. We will be looking for very simple signs that termites are present and may have invaded your home.
We also check around patios, porches, and mulch beds for evidence of a termite problem, so we can detect the very first signs of an infestation possibly beginning in outdoor structures.
In the unfortunate event that we find signs of termites, that doesn’t necessarily mean the home is doomed! We can assess the extent of the problem, and make recommendations to remedy it. And, even if we don’t find any evidence of termite activity, we can help you make a plan to continue protecting the home. We can arrange for annual inspections, to help you avoid the stress and expense of a termite infestation, and make other recommendations to keep the home safe.