Are you a prospective home buyer or thinking of potentially purchasing a home in the future? If you are just in the beginning stages of figuring out what you need to do when viewing and checking out homes, don’t forget to include property home inspection on that list!
Purchasing a home is always a big deal, but you don’t want to ruin that joy by finding out that there are problems in your home. There are plenty of problems you can find out about that really are just about the worst news that you could get. This includes water damage or termites– two offenders at the very top of the list.
Regardless of whether you may be okay with this type of damage and even plan to have written legal words put into an agreement that protects you, it’s a good idea to have the home inspected in general but also for termites. You want to really be sure that not only there is not a termite problem or any other insect problem but that there was never any type of a pest problem in the past where the home was treated but the damage was done in the process or the problem was poorly solved.
Wood boring insects like termites can destroy a home pretty readily. Once they appear, they have to be checked before they are given free reign. You must absolutely make the sale of any house you are looking at contingent on an inspection for insects and termites. The inspection will involve looking for signs of damage from any type of insect that damages wood. You will also get an official report on the results, also known as a termite letter, that lists limitations and requirements as well as findings that are reported.
The inspector you hire will check the accessible areas of the property where there may have been or could be termite infestation. This could be the attic, crawlspace, and more. They will check for damage to the wood and structure of the home as well as look for signs that live insects or infestation are happening. They will be able to see any treatment that was done previously for an insect infestation and will be obligated to describe evidence found of that infestation, such as exit holes and more. Some states may even require disclosure by the sellers of steps taken to control pests and termites in the past.
If the inspector finds evidence of active underground infestation, they should also recommend a treatment even if there is no sign of the structure being infested at the moment. Treatment may be required for certain types of financing such as FHA and VA if evidence of active infestation is found. They’ll also be able to recommend treatment for a home that has undergone previous treatments for termites. They will list areas unable to be inspected in the report, too, so remember an inspection does not necessarily mean you are good to go. We know, annoying.
You’re better off with an inspection and legal wording in any agreement than you are without. If you’re going to buy a home, get an inspection for termites before buying and not after. You will be so glad you did. Thank you for reading, and good luck!