Before you sign on the dotted line and commit to purchasing a new home, don’t forget about pests and termites. Purchasing a home is a big investment and the process is both exciting and terrifying. Home inspections are very important to account for any problems that may not be visible to the common observer. One problem that is very important to look for are termites and pests.
Termites account for millions of dollars of damage to homes throughout the United States every single year. They are one of the most resilient and hardworking insects which mean they are excellent at surviving. They hide in floors, behind wallpaper, and even in the attic voraciously eating. But, how do you know if termites are in your future home?
Pest & Termite New Home Inspection
Standard home inspections review the physical structure of the home from the roof to the foundation, but a termite/pest New Home Inspection focuses on detecting all of the signs of termite damage and conditions in the home which might cause a termite or pest infestation. Cracks, moisture, rotten wood, and standing water are all conditions that are conducive to infestations. A professional pest control company will recommend a course of action to remedy any of these types of problems and concerns. It is still important for potential home buyers to keep a look out for infestations signs.
- Gutters – Are the gutters clogged? Gutters help push water away from the home and if they are not free of debris and functioning properly, they could be part of the problem.
- Firewood – All firewood needs to be stacked away from the home. Termites and pests like to live and eat firewood which means it is best to store firewood far away from the home.
- Mulch – Mulch is beautiful in gardens, but it should not be placed against the home foundation. It is a source of moisture and food for termites.
- Dripping pipes – Makes sure that all pipes are functioning properly and are not dripping. This is a source of water for all pests.
- Windows & Door Seals – Make sure that all windows and doors are sealed well. If they are open, even a small crack, it can invite pests into your new home.
- Attic – Check the attic for any signs for pests in the attic. Look for droppings and any wood that may be eaten by termites.
Because termites and pest infestations can be a serious problem, it is important to make sure your home does not have any pests. But, no matter if you are a home buyer or a home seller, it is important to have a pest and termite contract protecting your home. It protects your investment or future investment from unwanted guests.