Real Estate and Termite Damage

Termite damage is never good for a home, no matter how small it is. If any termite damage is found during real estate inspection, it will affect the outcome of the home. Usually, the seller will tell the buyer that this problem will be fixed. Buyers mostly wonder while some buyers might think that it sounds good that the sellers will treat for termites.

The termite problem will normally cost around $1,000 or so and it is nice if the seller will pay for this problem. But still, you have to wonder about the damage to the structure even though the termites will be gone. Damage to the structure can cost up to 50 times the cost of the treatment in more severe cases. You don’t want to move into a home that has been treated for termites and find the structure in very bad shape.

You may need to get immediate repairs if any type of damage was done to the wooden structure. There are other types of damage that may seem invisible to the naked eye while some damage may be visible. Carpets and rugs will need to be lifted, furniture and appliances moved, walls and ceilings will need to be opened, and even some types of excavation may be needed in order to find out just how bad the damage is. It is the only way to find out how bad the damage is, particularly in cases of termites. You could be moving into a home that has severe structural damage which can cost you thousands to repair if you don’t inspect every area of the home.

Latent damage could also be existed as well. In this case, invasive and destructive testing should be performed on your home which will be done by specialists and qualified contractors. Then the extent of the damage and the cost of any needed repairs can be determined. It is the only way to find out any repair and latent damage but it can be very costly.

If you suspect termites or know for a fact that the home was treated for them, you’ll need to have destructive and invasive testing done even though it can cost you a fortune. You should always get a treatment and repair history before you purchase the home in order to protect yourself. You will need to get written documentation from the specialist that details the damage to the home and cost of repairs if you are renting the home.

So, you should always have a home checked for termites before you buy it. Termites companies are available out there and many of which go above and beyond to check the home for any type of termite damage. You probably don’t want to find out that you buy a termite-infested home. You’ll know for a fact that you don’t have to worry about termites or termite damage if you have the proper inspections performed before you make the purchase.

You should always document it if the inspector or contractor doesn’t find any termite damage. If termite damage does exist, you’ll have the documentation to back you up, with this way. If you are looking towards a log home, termites can be very destructive to it. You should always do what you can to have your home treated as soon as you suspect any type of damage by termites because it can destroy wood in little to no time at all. Before you commit to buy a house that has been infested with termites, make sure that the structure isn’t damage.


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