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The Importance of Wood-Boring Pest Inspection When Buying a Home

When prospective buyers tour a new home, they tend to focus on the cosmetic updates they’ll need to make if they purchase the house. From outdated fixtures and appliances to unappealing paint colors or landscaping, buyers often initially measure a home’s value by it curb appeal, or lack thereof. What they may not consider are the potentially serious issues lurking beneath the surface, such as termites and other wood-destroying insects that can silently consume a home’s wood and cause major property damage.

Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year, and are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Unless a buyer knows what to look for, termites can be hard to find with the naked eye and therefore it could take three to eight years before the signs of an infestation are apparent. To avoid getting stuck with extensive damage that is typically not covered by homeowner’s insurance, buyers should always request a wood-boring inspection before finalizing the purchase of a home.

A home is often the single largest investment a person will ever make. After buying a home, homeowners should consider scheduling a professional inspection annually.

When prospective buyers tour a new home, they tend to focus on the cosmetic updates they’ll need to make if they purchase the house. From outdated fixtures and appliances to unappealing paint colors or landscaping, buyers often initially measure a home’s value by it curb appeal, or lack thereof.  What they may not consider are the potentially serious issues lurking beneath the surface, such as termites and other wood-destroying insects that can silently consume a home’s wood and cause major property damage.

Termites cause more than $5 billion in property damage each year, and are known as “silent destroyers” because of their ability to chew through wood, flooring and even wallpaper undetected. Unless a buyer knows what to look for, termites can be hard to find with the naked eye and therefore it could take three to eight years before the signs of an infestation are apparent.  To avoid getting stuck with extensive damage that is typically not covered by homeowner’s insurance, buyers should always request a wood-boring inspection before finalizing the purchase of a home.

A home is often the single largest investment a person will ever make.  After buying a home, homeowners should consider scheduling a professional inspection annually.