Information About Termites Every Home Buyer Should Know

May 15, 2014

Information About Termites Every Home Buyer Should Know

May 15, 2014

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Termites very often go undetected until it’s too late and extensive damage has already been done. Termites are not only practically invisible, but they are also silent creatures that can destroy the inside of a home without its occupants ever knowing. Given the statistical information about termites in Arizona, if you’re considering buying a house, it is advisable to have a purchase agreement that is contingent on the results of various independent inspections designed to disclose any hidden problems and/or dangers within the home. Traditional home inspectors are often not trained to recognize existing or potential termite damage, however, so it is a good idea to have the structure inspected by an engineer regarding the structural details and additionally by a licensed pest inspector for pests, particularly termites, in advance of the home purchase.

Many mortgage lenders require a full structural report and termite inspection report before a home purchase transaction can be finalized. Buyers and sellers typically enter into negotiations based on inspection findings – the results don’t necessarily have to derail the sale, but they provide a basis from which to begin negotiations. Based on the termite facts, however, the home seller may negotiate on the cost of the house and take any repairs and future prevention into consideration if any termite damage is found on the premises.

To create a termite inspection report, a pest control company will send out an inspector to evaluate accessible areas of a property where infestation could possibly take place. They will scrutinize the entire area including crawlspaces and attic spaces, for signs of live or dead insects or parts of insects and any other signs of termites that may exist such as shelter tubes, exit holes, insect mazes, and damage to wood and other structural materials. An inspection report should also include any evidence that a house has been previously treated for a termite infestation. To receive a professional termite inspection report for a home you are considering for purchase or sale, contact ACTION Termite Control at (877) 556-4131 today.

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