Say you’ve finally found that dream house you’ve been looking for. You’ve signed on the dotted line, the details are all set, and it’s finally time to move in. But a short while after you start to settle, you begin to notice termite damage. Trust us, this is NOT a scenario you want to find yourself in.
At Frame’s Pest Control, Inc., we’ve seen firsthand the damage that termites can do. That’s why our experts not only offer termite control and extermination, but termite inspections for new homeowners, so you can feel completely secure when the day comes to move into that dream house you’ve always wanted. Keep reading to learn more about the importance of termite inspections before buying a new home, and remember, for all your pest control and treatment needs, you can count on our licensed experts at Frame’s Pest Control.
3 Reasons It Is Essential to Get a Termite Inspection Before Buying a House
- Termites Cause a Ton of Damage: Every year, termites cause at least $5 billion in property damage in the United States alone—that’s right, as in billion with a B! These insects can thoroughly chew through wood, flooring, and even wallpaper, and are known as “silent destroyers” because oftentimes, by the time you know damage has been done, it’s too late to do anything about it. That’s why at Frame’s Pest Control, we are committed to helping you catch termite destruction early. With a professional termite inspection, our experts can detect damage you may have never caught on your own. Plus, even if you do locate termites without a professional, several colonies can live on an acre of land at the same time, meaning there could literally be millions of termites waiting to damage your home that you don’t know about!
- Termites Are Not Covered by Homeowners Insurance: Unfair as it may seem, as a general rule of thumb, you are not able to claim termite damage under your home insurance. Every insurance policy is different of course, and you should consult with your provider before you buy a new home anyway, so there are no other surprises down the line. However, the last thing you would want is to get sold a property that ends up having a termite problem, and find out there’s nothing your insurance company can do about it. Keep in mind, you do have legal recourse in this scenario, and should indeed feel free to sue if you purchase a home with a termite infestation without the previous owners disclosing this ahead of time. But a legal battle could take months or even years of your time, and cost you a lot of money just to get tangled up in court. That’s why for the safety of your home and everyone in it, the best course of action is to always call a professional for a termite inspection before you complete your purchase.
- It Is Important to Invest in Your Home’s Future: The fact of the matter is, roughly 600,000 homes suffer from termite damage in the U.S. every year. With that in mind, you may occasionally come across a house you love, but that has experienced termite damage in the past. But as we mentioned above, it is still essential for the owners to be honest with you about what your new home has been through, and the exact condition it is in when you purchase it. Hiring a professional for a termite inspection will help you determine whether the home you are interested in is a good investment even if it has experienced termite damage—or if it is too big of a liability, and likely to experience termite damage again in the future.