If you're like me, you've made some financial blunders that have haunted you for years. I know there are many times I wish someone with knowledge and expertise had walked me through things, before signing on the dotted line. Hind-sight is definitely 20/20. Well, as the title suggests, I'm going to walk you through why you need to hire a termite inspector "before" you purchase a home, so you can avoid the financial nightmare other homeowners have had to live through.
Not all inspectors are equal. Just because the word "certified" appears before a person's title, doesn't mean they are certified to inspect "everything". A certified home inspector will write up a report that covers all the structural components of your potential home purchase. They will let you know if there is a problem with the roof, plumbing, heating system, central air, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, doors, foundation, and basement. This is invaluable when making a large investment, like a home purchase, and in some municipalities it is even mandatory. But what many people don't know is that, not only are some home inspectors not trained to detect termite infestation, they are not liable for missing this problem--you are. If you purchase a home, and go through all of the cost and trouble of having a certified home inspector go over your potential investment, you're the one stuck with paying thousands of dollars if termites are living in the house--even if they were in the home at the time of purchase. A certified termite inspector knows what signs to look for, and can advise you if termites are found. It is what they are trained to do.
Termites are silent invaders, and the signs of termite infestation can sometimes be hard to detect. These insects eat wood, and live inside it. A colony of termites could be happily thriving in the support beams of a home, and the owners could be oblivious. That is also why it is important to get a certified termite inspector, if you're selling a home. If you find termites, you can have the damage repaired, and add the cost into the sale price of the home, before you find a buyer.
So, whether you're buying or selling, contact a pest control company and get a certified termite inspector involved. If you don't, you might find yourself living with another financial blunder that will haunt you for years. And, who needs that? Life already has enough challenges. No sense adding to the stack.