Does a House You Want to Buy Have Termite Damage? What to Know

2 February 2017
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If you are looking at a new house and you see the signs of termites, you want to get a pest inspection before you determine if you want to buy the house. You need to find out if there are pests that need to be treated, how bad the damage is, and what it's going to cost to get rid of the insects and to fix the damage that is now in the house. Here are a few of the things you want to look into before making an offer. 

Signs of Termites

There are many signs of termites that aren't as noticeable as insects swarming dry or rotting wood. These signs include the following:

  • Slanting floors
  • Tracks and smudges along the walls
  • Debris that looks like sawdust

The debris is actually feces left behind by the termites, and sometimes you can find termite wings left behind by the insects. One you've confirmed there are termites, you need the experts to exterminate them.

Termite Extermination

You want to get an estimate to have professionals exterminate the house. The termites could have done damage in areas where you can't see, like wood beams that support the home behind the walls and inside of cabinets or furniture. Professionals like those from Canady's Termite & Pest Control are able to reach all the hard to reach interior spaces, and they can even treat the ducts, pipes, and more. The exterior of the house should be treated as well.

Repair Damage Estimate

Once you know how much it will cost to have the termites exterminated, you need to know how much it will cost to repair the wood around the property. You want to know what you'll have to pay out of pocket so you don't have to worry about significant damages.

Once you know if there are termites and what it will cost to remove the termites and to fix any of the damages, you will have to decide if you want to pay for those services so you can move into the house. If you aren't willing to pay for all the work but you still have a lot of interest in the property, you can see if the homeowner will be willing to pay for the work that needs done. Since a home inspector will warn any potential buyers of the termites in the property, the sellers may be willing to take care of the pest issue.