Termites: the bane of any homeowner with the misfortune to cross paths with them. They’re small, but no less destructive for their diminutive size. They can be tough to detect for most people until it’s too late, which is why termite inspections are so important. But when should you have one done?
Every 1-2 Years
If you want your house to survive a termite invasion with as little damage as possible, it’s important to have a termite inspection done on a regular basis. In areas where termites are common, that means having one done every 1-2 years. That will help you catch infestations before they grow too big and limit the amount of damage the termites are able to do.
Before Selling or Buying a House
Anyone selling their house would do well to have a good idea of what condition it is in before listing it, and especially before trying to close a deal. That means getting it inspected for termites and addressing any infestation and damage you discover. That helps you get the best price you can for it and limits the ability of a prospective buyer to haggle for a lower price.
Similarly, if you’re in the market for a new house, it’s a good idea to have a termite inspection done, rather than just taking the word of the seller on it. You wouldn’t want to close the deal on a house only to discover that it’s full of termites.
When You Spot Signs of Trouble
There are signs that indicate termite trouble. Sawdust near your walls, warped floors, mud tubes, and stuck windows or doors can be caused by things other than termites, but they can also be signs that you have a termite infestation on your hands. Getting a termite inspection done can help you either identify termites as the source of the problem or cross them off of the potential list of reasons. If the inspection turns up termites, hire termite extermination services as soon as possible.
Having a termite inspection done can mean the difference between your home remaining relatively unscathed and it becoming structurally compromised. It’s hard to address a problem if you don’t know it exists, after all. Make sure you address any termite presence in your house as soon as possible so you can minimize the damage to your home.
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