Whether you’re an aspiring first-time home-buyer and about to make your first offer or you have just purchased your second or third home, you’re probably excited to enjoy your new space. But wait, is that a little critter by the backdoor? Maybe it’s just an ant… nothing to worry about, right? Just to be sure there aren’t any other pests lurking about your new house, you might want to consider getting a pest and termite inspection. Here are five reasons you should schedule a termite and pest inspection before any unwanted visitors wreak havoc on your dream home.
Why should you get a pest and termite inspection?
As a new homeowner, it’s always a good idea to cover all your bases and have a pest and termite inspection performed. Homes in more humid climates – think homes in Miami, FL or houses in Houston, TX – are more susceptible to termite infestations due to the increased moisture in the surrounding environment. If you’ve seen any signs of a termite infestation, it might be a good idea to have a termite inspection. These signs can include buckling floorboards, creaky floors, or damaged wood.
For those still in the home-buying process, if you see signs of termite damage in the house, you should consider adding a termite contingency when making an offer on a home. A termite contingency may give you the option to back out of the sale if there’s been significant damage found. Otherwise, you can try to negotiate with the seller to pay for the repairs. What if you’re planning on just getting a regular home inspection? Your home inspector likely won’t look for specific types of pest or termite damage. However, if your home inspector does find damage,
contacting a pest or termite inspector should be your next step. A pest or termite control specialist can help you determine what the best course of action is, likely scheduling an inspection to determine the extent of the damage.
Is a pest and termite inspection required before closing on a home?
If you’ve already purchased your home, then you didn’t miss out on any required inspections. For most home-buyers, termite and pest inspections are not required before closing on a home. However, certain types of loans such as FHA and VA loans may require you to pay for a pest inspection before your mortgage approval, so it’s best to check with your mortgage lender or real estate agent. Your real estate agent will also know if your particular state or county requires a pest inspection before purchasing a home.
5 Benefits of having a termite or Pest Inspection
There are several benefits of having your home inspected for termites or pests.
1) Negotiating power. If the home you’re looking to buy ends up having damage from termites or pests, you’ll likely have better negotiating power. Your real estate agent can help you decide what negotiations to make. These negotiations may include asking the seller to reduce the price so you can pay for pest control services or asking the seller to pay for any repairs or fumigation services before you close on the home.
2) Peace of mind. These inspections will be able to tell you if there’s any structural damage from pests or termites. Your inspector will disclose any issues they find. Then you’ll have an idea of what kind of maintenance you might need as the home’s future owner.
3) Save money. Moving into a new home can feel like the dream, but it’s always a good idea to know what you’re getting yourself into. Without a pest or termite inspection, you may be foregoing a critical type of home inspection that may end up costing you more money down the road if a problem is left untreated.
4) Prepare for future expenses. If your pest or termite inspector finds certain types of pests in the home you’ll have a better idea of what to look out for as a homeowner. That way, you will know if your new home or the area you’ve moved to is susceptible to specific pests. It will also help you to plan ahead for any costs associated with keeping these pests away.
5) Find a local pest control company. Say your home is more susceptible to termites because you’re buying a house in a more humid area, or that spiders or mice are more common in your county. The good news is you’ve found a local pest control company to help you schedule regular maintenance. You’ll know just who to call for help if any critters start appearing in your house.
What to expect during a pest inspection.
The inspection will take roughly 30 minutes but can vary based on the size of the home and whether there’s a basement, crawl space, or any extra areas. The inspector will examine the interior and exterior of the home for any signs of damage, infestation, or specific areas that might be more susceptible to
pests. They’ll check for any signs of moisture. Damaged wood or buckled paint indicate the presence of wood-destroying insects like termites. They are more likely to be found in these areas vulnerable areas. The inspector will check for a variety of different bugs such as carpenter ants, fleas, mosquitoes, and
moths, among others. Where you are located may also play a role in the types of pests your inspector will look for. Some pests are more likely to be found in certain areas or are local to your region. If these types of local pests are found during the inspection, your pest inspector may recommend regular pest
control to keep these critters at bay.
Originally published by Alison Bentley | REDFIN
$5,000,000,000 Damage is an estimated cost caused by Termites annually in the US.
Don't be a Victim, Here are some Ways to Prevent Termites from entering your Home:
* Repair leaky pipes.
* Keep window screens closed.
* Professional Annual Termite Inspection.
* Remove wood debris, tree stumps, old cardboards and mulch from around your home.
Rats and Mice spread over 35 diseases worldwide.
They can cause Plague, Tularemia, Hantavirus, Lassa Fever, Leptospirosis, Omsk Hemorrhagic Fever, South American Arenaviruses, Rat-Bite Fever, Salmonellosis, Hemorrhagic Fever, and Lymphocytic Chorio-Meningitis.
Ways to Prevent:
- Seal Up: Entry holes around your home.
- Trap Up: Use small traps to catch rodents.
- Clean-Up: Around and inside of your home.
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This week, as Schools honored their scholars in ceremonies that enlightened and inspire students to do their best, Citi Termite Control in collaboration with Our Lady's Catholic Academy in Queens, New York, also had a moment to celebrate its three (3) outstanding Winners for their hard work in the Poetry Competition. This collaboration was due to Our Lady's Catholic Academy (OLCA) celebrating its Tenth (10th) Anniversary in the Community, while Citi Termite Control (CTC) wanted to give back to the Community in a way that's dear to its Founder's heart, Poetry.
Together with the students of OLCA, CTC were able to celebrate with OLCA in three (3) categories and Age groups: Kindergarten - Second Grade, Third - Fifth and Sixth - Eight Grade. The topics for each level varied, as they pertained to the importance of OLCA in the students lives, the community and as a distinguished establishment.
The Competition was exciting and the enthusiasm displayed by the students can be seen throughout the school.
The Winning trio: Sahara Adiram (1st grade), Ashley Johnson (5th grade) and Talese Brown (8th grade) were commended for a job well-done, their talent and a possible continuation of this competitive spirit, to achieve much more.
Our Winners received monetary prizes and an award, which served as a constant reminder of their hard work and dedication which may inspire others.
OLCA 10th Anniversary Poetry and Art Contest
Poetry Contest: Sponsored by Citi Termite Control
Gr. K-2 Winner: Sahara Adiram (1-2)
A poem with at least four lines inspired by the school motto.
Gr. 3-5: Winner: Ashley Johnson (5-1)
A poem with at least eight lines inspired by the school mission statement.
Gr. 6-8 Winner: Talese Brown (8-2)
A poem with at least twelve lines inspired by the school vision statement.
A piece of art inspired by the phrase: “OLCA: 10 Years Strong.”
Grades N-K: Sarah Chondool (K-2)
Grades 1-4: Nia Campbell (1-2)
Grades 5-8: Arianna Sukhdeo (6-2)
Prizes will be awarded at the Honors Assembly on Tuesday, June 18.