The Veenstra Team always recommends that home buyers have a home and pest and radon inspection during the 10 day inspection period following a home purchase. It is always a good idea to know exactly what you are purchasing.
Buyers often wonder about why a pest inspection is needed.
The following FAQs were used with permission and may help you make a decision whether to have a pest inspection (Note: Some lenders may require a pest inspection).
- Why do I need a termite inspection?
A.At times lenders require it. If you’re buying, you would have a pest inspection to be sure you’re not buying any wood destroying insects or damage along with your new house. While it is often called a “Termite Inspection” it is officially a “Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report”. In addition to termites and other wood destroying insects, the inspector will also be looking for earth to wood contact that can lead to termite damage.
- What does an inspector look for during a termite inspection?
A.A full termite inspection is technically a “Wood Destroying Insect Report”. The inspector will be looking for active infestation. Some things an inspector will look for are; Termites, Wood Boring Beetles, water leaks or water damage and earth to wood contact.
- How long does the inspection take? What’s involved?
A.Usually, it takes less than an hour. An experienced inspector will check the entire house thoroughly, where visually possible. He knows where to look for signs of the presence of termites or other wood destroying insects, and any damage.
- Are there other wood destroying insects besides termites?
A.Yes. Wood destroying beetles, Carpenter Ants and Carpenter Bees. Any or all of these could be active in areas where you may not notice them.
- What if no evidence of termites is found?
A.You will receive a written report stating that no visible evidence of wood destroying insect infestation has been found in the accessible areas that were checked. But any home should be re-inspected yearly if possible, especially if neighboring homes show signs of termites.
- How do subterranean termites get into a house?A.All they need is an opening 1/64″ wide. They may enter directly from the soil, or they may build airtight tubes leading from their colony in the soil to the wood of your house.
- Termites won’t attack a new house, will they?
A.Unfortunately, they have been known to… sometimes within days of completion.
- Will my family have to vacate the house?
A.No. Subterranean termites can be controlled while the house is occupied.
- Will there be an odor?
A.There could be a slight odor for a while after some treatments. However, it is not a common problem.
- If a treatment is needed, what might be the cost?
A.Costs vary. This question cannot be answered until the inspection is completed and the size and structure of the home is determined, and other factors noted. It is important to remember, however, that the cost of a wood destroying insect treatment is minor when compared to potential damage that inspects can do to the home. The inspector who performed the pest inspection will provide a quote to do the treatment. If there is a decision to do treatment it is typical that the company doing the inspection is also contracted to do the work. An important thing to remember is that if wood destroying insects are found in a house that you are purchasing, the cost of treatment is often negotiated as part of the transaction. The Veenstra Team will provide specific advice and negotiation on your behalf in this scenario.
- What if there already is extensive damage?
A.If the damage threatens the soundness or appearance of the structure it must be repaired.
- What about preventing wood destroying insect damage?A.As far as prevention, you should talk with your wood destroying insect professional.Used by permission of Filk Pest Control