When you’re buying a home, there are a lot of things you need to factor in; neighborhoods, school districts, and HOA fees. It can be very overwhelming. Even with all of these variables on your list, though, don’t forget about pest infestation like termites.
If unchecked, a termite infestation can wreak havoc on your potential home, causing damage to wood and other building materials that can be very expensive to repair.
Homes that are at risk for termite damage are older homes, especially those with holes in the walls or foundations. Homes that allow water to pool around the base are also at high risk for termites; while you might think old, dry wood is what termites are after, wet conditions in the foundation actually allow the termite colonies to survive and multiply.
While it may not be your first thought or concern, you might want to spend the extra money on a termite inspection. If the inspector does find that there are termites in the home, the real estate agent can inform the seller, and the seller can have the infestation taken care of. That way, the burden of the cost isn’t on you and your family.
Sometimes, though, a termite inspection is included in the deal when the home changes hands. Ensure you and your real estate agent take care of all of the required inspections.
It’s recommended to have your home inspected for termites about every five years, maybe more often if your home is older or if you notice any unwanted cracks in the walls or foundation. With frequent inspections, termite infestations can be treated and removed before they cause a more expensive problem.
At Babcock Home Inspections, our inspectors have provided professional home inspection and termite inspection services in the San Antonio area since 2001. For more information on termite inspections or any of the services we offer, contact us today!