After you’ve made an offer on your dream home, the next step is conducting an inspection. If your inspector finds signs of termites, however, it can be difficult to know how to proceed. Use the guide below to spot the signs of damage and learn how to negotiate termite treatment into your purchase.
How to Recognize Termites
Termites are small insects that feed on wood. In houses, they can be found in areas such as window and door frames, above the foundation, and in baseboards. When touring homes, conduct a quick inspection in these areas. Look for signs of cracked or bubbling paint and wood that sounds hollow when you knock on it.
When to Schedule an Inspection
A quick, visual inspection is nowhere near enough if you are seriously considering buying a home. Once your offer has been accepted, you should have a termite inspection done. An experienced inspector can look for hidden damage and determine if a home is safe to occupy. An inspection will tell you the location and extent of any damage, which can guide your decision on whether or not to purchase the home.
What to Do About Damage
If your inspector finds damage, don’t immediately write off the home. The report you received now gives you negotiating power. You can have your exterminator provide an estimate for the termite treatment and work its price into your sale. Many buyers have the seller handle repairs as a condition of their purchase. Others have the seller reduce the final price to compensate for the cost of the termite treatment.
If your dream home has termite damage, contact the pest control team at BUG-A-PEST, LLC to restore it to its original condition. As Mason OH’s leading pest control service, they have been providing termite treatment services for more than 25 years to residents of Maineville, Kings Mills, Loveland, and the surrounding areas. This family-owned and -operated company will create a custom plan for your restoration and handle any termite control for ongoing infestations. Contact them online or at (513) 459-7700 to request an estimate.