It’s easy to get wrapped up in the excitement of buying a new home. Things like landscaping, lighting fixtures, paint and other cosmetic updates tend to be the focus of a new home buyer’s attention. But what about the things you might not be seeing on the surface?
Termites and other wood-destroying pests can silently destroy a home, causing costly damage that is rarely covered by homeowners insurance. If you’ve discovered your dream home has termite damage, don’t give up. Even with termite damage, you can still have the home of your dreams.
- How does the home inspection process work?
Consider hiring a traditional home inspector and a licensed termite inspector before buying a home. Traditional home inspectors often are not thoroughly trained to recognize existing or potential termite damage, so it’s best to engage a pest management professional who can accurately diagnose your pest and termite needs.
- Is the damage localized or widespread?
Localized damage is relatively easy to fix, whereas widespread damage can be much more difficult. A Certified Sentricon Specialist™ can offer an expert opinion to help you make a more educated decision.
- Has treatment been agreed upon before finalizing the sale?
If the previous owner has agreed to repair the damage prior to the sale, make sure to request a trusted pest management company to ensure the damage is fully repaired. If they haven’t agreed to treat the infestation, you need to negotiate treatment into your contract or determine a way to repair the damage after completing the purchase.
- How long will the process take?
While every case is different, a Certified Sentricon Specialist will inspect your property and place stations around your home. Utilizing Always Active™ technology, the Recruit® HD bait in the Sentricon® system is immediately available to protect your home from current termite colonies and future ones.
- How do I protect my home in the future?
Once you’ve resolved the current damages and eliminate any remaining termite infestations, you need to make sure the termites don’t return. Installing a protective system like the Sentricon system can put your mind at ease and allow you to enjoy your termite-free dream home!
Like any decision in life, it’s important you have all the facts. Scheduling a termite inspection with a qualified pest management professional is the best way to know you’re not buying a home with hidden termite problems. Before you sign on the dotted line, ask the right questions to ensure you’re protected and prepared for whatever comes your way!