When you find your dream home, you naturally want to make an offer as quickly as you can. Before you jump in and buy the property, however, it is important to make sure that it is structurally sound. Termite inspections are an important part of this process.
Even though termites are quite small, they can cause a tremendous amount of damage to a home. As they eat their way through wooden beams, flooring, wall studs, and other wooden surfaces, they can weaken the overall structure of the home. Repairing the damage caused by these pests can often cost thousands of dollars.
The best time to check whether or not a property has termite damage is before you buy it. Don’t wait until after the sale since by then it will be too late.
Even if you walk through the home and don’t see any signs of termite damage, there could be hidden damage that you can’t see without taking a closer look at the structure of the home. Professional termite inspectors are specially trained to identify signs of termite infestations and to locate damage caused by these pests.
If you find a home that you love and decide to make an offer, make your offer contingent on the property passing an inspection. When you hire a home inspector to check out the property, make sure to request a termite inspection, as well.
Most home inspectors are qualified to inspect properties for termite damage. If not, you can always hire a separate termite inspector to check out the home at the same time as the regular home inspector. The fee for termite inspections is nominal especially when you consider how much money it could save you in the long run.
If any damage is discovered during the inspection, you can then negotiate with the home seller to have them repair the home or to purchase the property at a lower price so that you have money left over to cover the cost of the repairs.