You may know the importance of inspecting a property before buying it. Buyers have the opportunity to inspect the property before purchasing. Buyers can learn about structural issues, faulty wiring and mold so they can make an informed decision on whether to negotiate or back out.
What about pests? Although pest inspections are not part of a home inspection, they can be a huge problem for new homeowners. It is important to know if there are pest problems before you move in.
Why you should have a pest inspection done before buying a home.
There Are No Surprises
It is not a good idea to move into a house only to discover that bed bugs or rats have infested it. You might not be aware of the problem, but it’s better to find out before you move in. You will be able to see if any pests are currently present and help you find a solution before moving in.
The inspection also gives you a history of the house’s past experiences. You can get a history of pests in the house from the inspector so that you know what to watch out for. For example, roof repairs may be a sign that a squirrel has invaded your attic. These vulnerabilities are often overlooked by technicians with extensive pest control experience.
You Can Negotiate Better
You may be able to negotiate a better deal if you find out the pest problem in your home. Ask the homeowners to get rid of the pests before moving in, or negotiate a lower price. The pests will not disappear between moves. Most cases will require the assistance of a pest control company.
Avoid the Trouble
You have the option to not buy. The cost of pest control and repair can run into the thousands. It can take several weeks to eradicate a pest depending on its species.
Common Household Pests
Here are some common pests that you should be aware of during an inspection. Pest control professionals will be able to identify the signs and tell you where they originated.
- Rodents: Rats and mice are common in older neighborhoods with old piping and aging foundations. Look out for burrows in the ground and check for feces inside the garage, pantry, or kitchen cabinets. You should look for grease and bite marks on the baseboards. Also, smell for urine.
- Carpenter ants can cause damage to walls: They are difficult to eradicate without professional pest control. You should inspect the shed and deck for damage. Also, look out for any soft or humid wood in the home.
- Cockroaches: Cockroaches can be found in high-rises and city centers because they move from one area to another. Cockroaches can be found in the bathroom and kitchen cabinets. Unfortunately, cockroaches need to be removed by a professional.
- Bed bugs: They are a serious problem that must be addressed before you move in. You should look out for small black stains as well as flat, brown bugs that look similar to apple seeds. Bed bugs can live in your bedroom for up to a week without any food.
- Urban homes are often home to raccoons and squirrels: Raccoons and squirrels can get into your roof by chewing or tearing through roof vents, soffits, and gaps between the roof and sides. Inspect the attic for any feces or damage.
How To Get A Pest Inspection
Ask a trusted pest control company if they offer inspections. Many companies will gladly do this. In addition to pest control, they often offer pest-proofing and inspections. If you have any pest-related questions, they are the ones to call.
Before you hire, research the company and check for positive reviews. Ask the company whether its employees are licensed, insured, and trained. Pest Inspections can be very affordable and will usually cost less than extermination.
Pest inspections are a wise investment. It will help you make a decision about your purchase and provide you with a better understanding of the potential problems in your new home.
Originally posted 2022-07-16 03:52:00.