Real Estate – Preventing and Treating Termite Damage
Termite damage can devalue a home faster than raging crime rates, poor schools and a nearby freeway. No matter how seemingly small the damage may seem, if a home inspector finds evidence of termite damage, the value of the home decreases considerably and the sale of the house typically won’t go by to completion until the termite problem is solved.
If you’re dealing with a termite problem or worried about termites affecting your real estate sale, keep reading for answers to some frequently asked questions about the wood-eating machines and real estate.
Who has to pay for termite treatment?
Typically, the seller must pay to treat a termite problem. However, while the cost of extermination is comparatively small compared to the destruction they can cause (typically $1000 to $2000), there is the possibility of extensive damage to the basic structure of the house.
How do I know if the structure has been damaged?
While some damage will be visible to an inspector’s naked eye, other more intensive and extensive inspection will need to be done. Depending on the focus of the termite damage, the home may need to be excavated and opened up. Inspectors typically look in underground and exterior spaces for evidence of termite damage.
How much does structural termite repair cost?
Depending on the extent of the damage, structural repairs can cost you anywhere from a few thousand dollars to the complete value of the home. If a home is deemed unsound and structurally unfit because of termite carnage, it will have to be torn down and rebuilt.
How do I get a thorough termite investigation?
To determine the prevalence of termite damage, you’ll need a fully invasive testing to be done. This method walls will be taken out, flooring ripped out and the chief of your home exposed for inspection. However, this is a costly venture.
How can I prevent a termite infestation?
Today, when a new home is built, a pest control technician visits the build site and sprays a pesticide or termiticide on the foundation plot before the foundation is truly poured.
For existing structures, homeowners can prevent future infestations by limiting the contact between earth and wood supports (for example, on a back deck), removing debris and wood from crawl spaces, improving drainage, and providing adequate ventilation in crawl spaces.
Will a typical home inspection look for termites?
No, most average home inspections won’t include a complete termite inspection. However, many general home inspectors are certified to add on a basic, visual termite inspection for an additional cost. Don’t skimp here. It’s worth the additional expense for the knowledge that your home is structurally sound.