Buying a Home with Termite Damage
Discovering that you have bought a home with termite damage can be a rather disappointing discovery. Although you are to have the home inspected by a licensed home inspector as a part of the buying process, you will find that this does not always find the termite damage. Sometimes termites can be so subtle that you don’t know that they are around and so subtle that an inspector can miss it.
One way that you can ensure that there are no termites in your new home is to employ the services of a termite inspector. You may want to do this before you buy the home because the extent of the damage could make or break the decision to buy. You definitely don’t want any unwanted nuisances as a result of termites devouring the property.
It can happen to anyone – They buy a home and that home is infested with subterranean termites. It can happen to you. Perhaps you have looked at the foundation and didn’t see any tunnels leading toward the cracks. Perhaps there was weather recently that washed those tunnels away. Besides, they are constructed of dirt, saliva, and termite feces.
However, you may notice a few telltale signs that there may be termites. For instance, you may have a stack of old books sitting somewhere and the next thing you know, you are seeing what resembles sawdust. What you are seeing is termite feces.
And if you see a pile of wings somewhere, then you have a bunch of termites that just finished mating, which means that there are going to be a lot of eggs laid. Once termites swarm, they lose their wings. The amount of wings can tell you that you have a problem.
Unfortunately, you can’t come back on the old owner about it. When you bought the home, you bought it and any problems that came with it.
If your home is not very old, it is not a bad idea to make sure it is inspected by termites. New homes are more susceptible to termites. If it is just a few years old, have it inspected. As a matter of fact, you may want to have it inspected if it was built within the past 5 to 10 years. The reason is because termites work very slowly. You don’t want to live in your new home for a year and find that the ceiling is sagging and so are the floors.
But know that you can inspect the grounds so that you can see whether or not the potential for termites exist. For example, you can see if any tree stumps on the property have termite damage. You can also see if there are any other homes in the neighborhood that have sustained termite damage. This is so you know that the potential for your home exists. But know that any time termites come near, the potential always exists because your home will have something they like.
So if you are about ready to buy a new home, have it inspected so you don’t end up buying a home with termite damage. If you have already purchased the home, you do want to have inspections done anyway. That way you can make sure that you are not going to have a weak structure sometime in the future. If termites are left to their own devices, they can and they will cause a structure to collapse. When you buy a new home, you expect that it is going to last for the remainder of your days. Having it regularly inspected can make sure that happens.