Homeowners who deal with termite control contractors have many decisions to make when it comes to the total package of services provided. One particularly pertinent example of these decisions is on the question of purchasing a warranty. Companies who specialize in termite eradication typically will offer consumers the option of purchasing a warranty of some preset length for a certain period of time. These warranties can vary, but usually go something like the following.
Initial Warranty Included in Price
An initial warranty on the company’s work is normally included in the price paid by the homeowner. One year is a typical length of time covered by this initial warranty. If you continue having issues with termites in your home during this covered time, normally the company will send technicians back at no additional charge.
Yearly Termite Inspection Fees
Beyond that one year time frame (or whatever length of time is included in the original warranty), a limited extended warranty is often available. It often calls for a yearly inspection at some set out of pocket cost, with a promise of free retreatment if the inspection turns up an infestation problem. These limited warranties are somewhat similar to buying insurance on the service originally performed. Deciding whether or not to invest money in an extended warranty is entirely up to the homeowner.
Before deciding whether to pay for a limited extended warranty on termite control service, find out exactly what it includes and how much it will cost. Will all treatment costs be covered in the event of an infestation? Will structural damage be included in the warranty as well? Is the fee set in stone, or can the price be increased over time? Specific questions lead to informed decisions.