Pest Control for Home Buyers
Pest issues can prolong the process or flat out ruin the process of buying a house. Whether it is existing termite damage or a family of mice living in the house you are considering making a home, it is best to ensure that a proper pest inspection is completed before you buy. Talk with the sellers or real estate agent to figure out when the last pest inspection was done. It’s highly recommended that buyers schedule their own pest inspection so that they have complete confidence in the outcome of the inspection. A certified pest control technician will look for wood damage done by termites, carpenter ants and beetles. They will also look for other existing issues such as damp areas or existing populations of ants, mice, spiders and more. They can provide you with a Wood-Destroying Insect Report, which is often required by banks when you are seeking a mortgage.
You yourself can also inspect the interior and exterior to see if there is any existing damage as well as see if they have taken any preventative measures by installing screens on windows and doors or by keeping shrub and tree limbs from extending to the side of the house and roof. Also check for cracks in the sealed areas such as floorboards and molding, holes in the back corners of storage spaces and webs in the garage and basement. Most of these things are easily fixed, however, it will show you the level of care that the previous owner took to make sure the home remained pest free. If there is a pest problem, it is usually the responsibility of the owner to hire a pest control company and pay the fee to fix the problem. Don’t pay for a house and let costly pest damage catch you off guard!