Danielle in Scottsdale recently posed the question:
My brother-in-law is a Realtor who works closely with you, and he talks about what a pain termites are, especially when dealing with a home closing if there’s evidence of damage. I’ve seen pictures of termites before, and they don’t look like much. Can you tell me why termites are really so bad?
It wouldn’t seem as though an insect as tiny as a termite would be that big of a deal. Even when they move in groups, can they really be such an issue? After all, it’s not like we’re living in a cartoon where termites demolish buildings in seconds. Why are termites so bad?
Termites Are Expensive
Sure, little bugs in your home are unseemly, but termites actually cause substantial property damage. It is estimated that they are at the root of $30 billion in damage in the US alone. The annual cost of mitigating termite damage and controlling the issue is placed at $5 billion.
That’s certainly a lot of money, but you’re not going to have to spend that much, right?
To put it in perspective, termites damage approximately 600,000 homes in the US each year.
Could yours be next on the list?
Termites and Real Estate
Danielle posed her question in relation to buying and selling real estate and the issues that buyers, sellers, and Realtors deal with daily around the topic. While there is no law requiring a termite inspection when property changes hands, a lender often require the report (called a WDIIR – Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report) before releasing funds for the loan.
If you are purchasing a home, you want your termite inspection to be handled by Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination. The technicians are highly skilled in finding evidence of termite damage and we have an excellent reputation in the Valley.
Finding evidence of termites during the sales process doesn’t always mean you won’t buy the home, but it does alert you to any issues and gives you the chance to have the seller rectify the problems.
A WDIIR also includes conditions conducive to termite issues in the future, such as excessive moisture, water leaks, and more.
All of Budget Brothers Termite & Pest Elimination inspections come with a detailed graph of the home color photos of all of our findings, and copy of the report sent to your email when we complete the inspection.
Termites Are an Ongoing Problem
Just because you didn’t find termites when you purchased your home doesn’t mean that you are now immune. Termites swarm in the spring, and at that point, they could be traveling to your property. The southwest is a haven for these wood-eating pests, and you should protect your home and investment by scheduling an annual termite inspection.
If termite treatment is required, you can rest assured we’ll handle it for you and each treatment includes a renewable warranty, meaning if the termites come back again, we’ll handle it for you.
If you are in the process of buying or selling a home or think there may be a termite problem in your home, call us at 602-253-2495 or contact your termite extermination team at Budget Brothers Termite and Pest Elimination today!
We know exactly what we’re looking for, and we’ll take the time to inspect all of the nooks and crannies of your home so you can rest easy.