Termites aren’t always visible, so they often go undetected until it’s too late
Termites are capable of causing extensive structural damage to homes, especially wooden ones. In addition to damaging the structure itself, termites can also spread bacteria and fungi throughout the house, leading to health issues.
If you plan to move into a newly purchased home, it’s important to hire a qualified pest control company to conduct a thorough inspection. They can identify signs of termite infestation and provide preventive measures.
Here are three things you should know about inspecting for termites before buying a home.
- Know what to look out for
The first thing you need to do is make sure you’re looking out for the telltale signs of termites. These signs may not always show themselves right away, but if you notice any of these problems, it could mean you have a problem on your hands. You might notice dry rot, crumbling plaster, and damaged walls. There are many different types of termites, each with its own unique habitat. Make sure you check around outside and inside your home for evidence of their existence.
- Look for cracks
Another way to identify termites is to look for cracks in your foundation. Cracks in your foundation indicate that moisture is getting into your wall. Moisture is one of the primary reasons termites enter homes. If you find any cracks in your foundation, it’s best to call a professional who knows how to repair them.
- Check for holes
If you happen upon any holes in your flooring, don’t assume that they aren’t caused by termites. Instead, make sure to take a closer look at them. Holes can often be repaired, but if you see any larger ones, it’s time to contact a pest control professional.
If you’re buying real estate, make sure you inspect your home thoroughly before signing any papers
You’ll want to check out the foundation, crawl spaces, basement, attic, roof, walls and windows. If you find termite damage, don’t sign anything until you’ve contacted Christopher Stinnett from Foresight Property Inspections.
Don’t let the cost of repairs discourage you. It may seem expensive now but it’s worth it to avoid future problems, and you don’t have to assess the home all by yourself. Christopher Stinnett is one of our trusted members and is capable of assisting in this type of real estate scenario.