It’s a word that strikes fear in the hearts of home buyers – termites. For most buyers, the mere mention conjures images of Looney Tunes cartoons where a little insect devours a wooden credenza in 35 seconds.
The reality’s just a little different. In fact, the appearance of subterranean termites (the kind seen most often here in the desert) rarely is a harbinger of doom if treated quickly and correctly.
And that’s why, whether your lender requires it or not, it’s worth spending the $65 to $75 dollars to find out if your soon-to-be house has termites (or as the contract reads, “wood-destroying orgamisms.”)
Here’s what the inspector is looking for:
That little mud tube in the corner tells you that you’ve got guests. Treatment is fairly straightforward – usually “drill and trench” treatment will take care of the problem. An exterminator digs a trench in the soil around the house, drills small holes in the concrete at intervals and injects a foam barrier that separates the termites from the soil they need to survive. Those inside the barrier die, those outside the barrier move on.
Which is why partial treatments sometimes can be ineffective – spray here and the termites will move over a few feet. It’s much better to send them to your neighbor’s house than elsewhere in your own home.
Again, unless required by your lender there’s nothing that says you need to have a termite inspection. But for the slight cost – extremely slight compared to what you’re spending on the home – wouldn’t you want to make sure you’re alone when you move in?
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