Termite Inspections: What to Know Before Buying a Home

Woodstock termite inspectionsSummer is the height of real estate season, with buyers rushing to close on new homes and settle in before school starts in the fall. If you are buying a home, be sure to remember this important but easily-overlooked real estate tip: Have the home inspected for termites before you buy.

Termites are a big problem for American homeowners, causing an estimated $5 billion in damage to buildings annually. Termite colonies can house up to a million of these wood-eating pests, and over the course of years they can cause invisible but serious damage to your home. Many lenders require a termite letter (a document stating that an inspection found no sign of termite infestation) before approving a mortgage, but you should have a termite inspection performed on your potential home regardless.

Termite damage is often hidden and hard to spot, so it’s wise to hire a pest control company with experience in termite extermination and inspection. The only signs of a termite infestation- small mud tubes found in crawlspaces, attics, or around the perimeter of the foundation- are easy to miss if you don’t have a trained eye and knowledge of how these pests behave.

If you do find out that your dream home has termites, don’t despair. Termites are a common problem and can be effectively treated using liquid treatments. At Protect All Pest Control, we offer a range of termite treatment services to help you banish these bugs from your home. However, finding out about a termite problem before you buy is still very important because it will play a part in your negotiations with the seller, who should pay for the treatment or provide some other monetary compensation should you choose to buy the home.

To schedule a termite inspection, give us a call today at 770-212-9990, or use our contact form to get in touch.

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