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A Professional Termite Inspection Can Save You From Buying an Infested Home

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A Termite Inspection Can Save You Money

Termites cause an estimated $5 billion in damages in the United States every year. - CompassLive

Termites are a dreadful insect that can destroy your home's integrity before you realize they have invaded the property. These tiny but destructive pests can live undetected for years and cause thousands of dollars in damage. If you are in the process of buying a home, it is critical that you have a comprehensive termite inspection performed before you finalize the purchase. Overlooking this step can cause you a great deal of financial frustration in the future. Listed below are 4 reasons why every home buyer should hire a professional termite inspector to evaluate a property's pest situation.

 

  1. The existence of termites in a home often goes unexposed for years. The signs of an infestation are not easily recognized and can often be missed by an inspector that is not trained in pest control. To receive a thorough examination, you must hire a professional that has received extensive training and can spot a termite invasion in its infancy.
  2. If you choose not to invest in a termite inspection, you could be setting yourself up for a finical disaster. While the damage done by these wood-eating insects varies, the potential threat to your newly purchased home should not be taken lightly. Termites can cause severe structural damage to a house. Skipping the inspection can leave you footing the bill for the structural repairs and for the extermination of the pests.
  3. A professional termite inspector provides you with a comprehensive report that includes a variety of information. For starters, they can tell you whether or not there is evidence of past termite infestations or if a current invasion is present. If there is an ongoing invasion, they can advise you on whether it is a new occurrence or one that has been taking place for years. Inspectors can also make you aware of areas around the home that may lead to future threats of an infestation.
  4. After receiving the results from a termite inspection you will have a couple of option at your disposal. If the damage is extensive you can choose to back out of the deal, or you can ask the homeowners to repair the damage and get rid of the insects before the deal is finalized. Another option is to use the outcome of the inspection as a bargaining tool to get the price of the home lowered. The decision you make depends on the status of the infestation and the amount of damage the home has acquired because of the presence of termites.

Hiring a professional termite inspector is a significant step in the home buying process. Choosing to take that step will protect you from investing in a home that has undergone considerable damage due to an infestation. If you have questions about purchasing a home, or you are looking to buy a new home in Springfield, Illinois or its surrounding areas, please contact us, and we'll be happy to help you.

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