Qualified Termite Professionals & Home Inspections
Regular termite inspections should be a routine part of home maintenance. Termites can cause extensive damage before homeowners are aware of an infestation. Since termites can be active with little signs of an infestation, hire a trained professional to perform regular inspections to help identify infestations early and prevent or minimize damage.
Not only are termite inspections important to home maintenance, they also are a critical step in the home buying process. Many lenders and some states require certified termite inspections before residential sales transactions can be completed. Even when inspections are not required, homebuyers should request a termite inspection in addition to the standard home inspection to help properly assess the value of a home.
How to Do a Termite Inspection
Some homeowners may notice visible signs of termite activity, such as a termite swarm or wood damage. Unfortunately, these signs can indicate a well-established colony.
During an inspection, a termite specialist will focus on common termite entry points and areas prone to infestation. A licensed termite inspector is trained to identify visible signs of activity, plus signs that are not as visible, such as mud tubes, termite exit holes and termite droppings.
Professional termite inspectors understand how different types of termites are likely to gain access to a home, so they know where to look for signs of termites. For example, subterranean termites are likely found near your home's foundation, while drywood termites can infest your home in any area that is accessible through exposed, untreated wood.
Termite Inspection Expectations
A termite inspection report is a detailed statement that notes the presence or absence of signs of termite activity in all areas that are visible to the inspector. The report should indicate any areas that are not visible, such as crawlspaces or attic vents, which would require structural changes to access.
The termite inspection report also should include information about conditions that are potentially conducive to termite infestation - including moisture sources and wood-to-ground contact - and suggestions for remedying these issues.
Certified Home & Termite Inspection
Most realtors suggest that when buying a home, the buyer should make sure that a wood destroying insect inspection is obtained. Also, in areas where termites are common, lenders might require an inspection. These must be done by licensed pest control companies.
Cost of Termite Inspections
Termite inspections for real estate transactions typically have a set fee by a company as they are required to complete a government form for each inspection. Fees vary from reduced to no charge for a cursory inspection if a homeowner wants to just see if they have termites.
How Long Are Termite Inspections Good For?
There is no guarantee related to a wood destroying insect inspection, sometimes called a termite inspection. The form in most states can be used for closing for ninety days but that does not imply a ninety day guarantee. It reflects only what the inspector found during the inspection.
How to Choose a Termite Inspector?
When considering which termite inspector to choose, consider the company associated with the inspector. As for proof of licensing in the state, a valid certificate of insurance, specifically inspection coverage. Finally ask for referrals.
Infrared Cameras for Termite Detection
Infrared camera technology can be used by qualified termite inspectors to find moisture penetration and even termite tubes in hidden areas.
Pre Home Buying Termite Inspections
Some real estate contracts require a wood destroying insect inspection. Also some lenders require an inspection. In most states, the inspection covers the readily accessible areas of a structure. The report is not a warranty but is a snapshot.
Qualifed Termite Professionals & Inspectors
Most states have standards for people conducting wood destroying insect (WDI) inspections for real estate transactions. Some states do not. The industry standard is proper training on biology, construction, and control of termites and WDI.
Termite Moisture Meters
When determining if a structure has subterranean termites or whether there is a potential for subterranean termite infestation, moisture meters are commonly used.
Termite Probing Tools
Inspections for evidence of termites, past or present require proper training and proper tools. One of the most important tools is the probing tool.
What Does a Termite Inspector Look For?
For a real estate transfer, an inspector examines the visible readily accessible areas of specified structures and looks for signs of wood destroying insects, including termites. State regulations cover the scope of the inspection.