When you are looking to buy a new home, you’ll likely want to have a professional pest or termite inspection completed. This will ensure that the house is structurally sound and free of any major damage. Remember that not all home inspections include pest inspections. It is a good idea to include a specialized inspection for pests to alert you to any possible pest activity in and around the home.
Why You Need a Pest Inspection for Your New Home
While the house may be new to you, it does have a history. You won’t necessarily know what happened in the past without a thorough home inspection. For example, the previous owners may have had issues with termites. While they may have repaired some of the damage, there could be weak spots in the structure of your new home where they did not complete repairs.
Knowing about any potential issues with your new home can help you make an informed decision. Minor pest problems in the past may not be a big deal, but frequent infestations could signal a larger issue. A pest inspection will uncover past pest activity, giving you a sense of what to expect in the future.
If the pest issues in the past were extreme, you may choose not to purchase that particular house. As another option, you might ask for a lower price to accommodate the expense of pest control and repairs in the future. If there is significant pest damage to the home, you may be able to negotiate a much lower selling price, helping you to save money right from the start.
What a Pest Inspection Typically Entails
Your professional inspector from Budget Brothers Termite & Pest will start by taking a thorough look around the exterior of your potential new home. They’ll be watching for any signs of pest activity, like nests, droppings, or other indicators. With their trained, professional eyes, they’ll be able to spot things that standard home inspectors might not recognize.
In addition to performing a visual inspection, they’ll also check any wooden components of the house. This could include rafters, studs and window frames. If there are any soft areas, indicating the presence of wood-boring insects, they’ll make sure to include it in the report. These pests can cause serious structural damage to the home. This can cost you a lot of money in repairs if not addressed immediately.
Depending on what the pest inspector finds, they may recommend more in-depth inspections. In many cases, this won’t be necessary, but it could be a good idea if there is significant evidence of pest activity. In-depth inspections could require lifting tiles or inspecting behind walls. They are often worth it to confirm a suspected pest presence.
At the end of the inspection, your inspector will create a detailed report of their findings. This will document any signs of pests they found in and around the home. The report may also include recommendations for the next steps. With the information in the report, you’ll be able to understand any necessary repairs. This could enable you to negotiate your offer on the house in accordance with the expected cost of the repairs.
Let Our Pest Experts Inspect Your New Home
Whether you are a Realtor, real estate agent, home inspection company or individual home buyer, you can count on Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination for thorough pest inspections for home purchases and sales.
We’ll be happy to help you identify any potential pest issues with your home listings and ensure fair pricing. We welcome you to reach out to us at any time to learn more about our pest inspection services.