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What You Need to Know About Pest Inspection

Posted by AmeriFirst Marketing on Mon, May 8, 2017

This is an article submitted by a guest author. Not all views expressed are those of AmeriFirst Home Mortgage or its employees. 

You focus on numerous aspects while buying a property, but many people tend to overlook pest inspection. Apart from checking the physical condition and structural integrity of the property, it is extremely important to inspect the place for any kind of pests and vermin.

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In fact, make sure that pest inspection is included in the purchase contract. If the inspection does not meet the required standards, you can refuse the purchase of the property. Buying a house calls for a huge investment and you must take all the necessary precautions before putting your hard earned money in it. 

Importance of Pre-Pest Inspection

Also known as pre-purchase timber pest inspection, it is carried out by potential buyers before they purchase a property. It is different from standard termite inspection as pre-pest inspection includes timber pests like borers, mould and wood decay fungi also. When you negotiate on the property, you must take into account the costs for treating these pests and remedying any prevailing conditions and repairing damages. 

Pros of Conducting Pest Inspection Before Buying a Property 

Helps in Getting a Good Price 

A pest inspection will ensure that you are moving into a well-maintained house and that you won’t have to deal with expensive repair damages in the future. You can ask for a lower price and get the damages fixed before moving in. If the owner refuses to lower the price, you can ask them to repair the damages before you buy the property. 

Uncovers the House’s History and Prior Pest Issues 

There may be no pests now but the house may get infested with a particular type of pest or rodent during a certain time of the year. Knowing the history of the house will help you stay aware of the pest problems that the property generally faces so that you can be prepared to tackle the same if it occurs in the future. 

Helps You Get a ‘Damage Estimate’ 

A pest inspection will not only help you negotiate the price of the property but also reveal the extent of damage and how it will affect the property over time. You will be able to determine if the damage is too much to handle and what preventive measures must be taken to avoid the pests from entering again. Based on this, you can make an informed decision whether you should buy the property or not. 

Helps in Better Planning and Preparation 

Knowing the pest history will help you setup your house and be prepared in a better manner. Where the furniture must go, when to get pest inspections done in the future, what kind of pests are common in the area, what to do in case there is a sudden pest infestation — these are just some questions that pest inspection answers. 

Helps in Fixing Damages Early 

Pest inspection will give you a chance to fix the damages caused by pests before it is too late. By exterminating the pests and addressing pest-related issues before you move in would save you a lot of trouble and money in the future. 

The Right Time for Pest Inspection 

There is no ‘right time’ for getting a pest inspection. You can get your property inspected at any time of the year. It is recommended that you get a pest inspection on a yearly basis to make sure that the property stays safe from pests. 

Besides regular pest inspections, you must conduct a thorough inspection when you put your property up for sale. Both the owner and buyer should get an independent inspection during a sale to determine the condition of the property as it would help both the sellers and buyers negotiate a price on the property. 

The sellers may use pest inspection as a confirmation to the buyer that they are selling a property free from pest infestation or structural issues. On the other hand, buyers can have the peace of mind of knowing that they are buying a property that is in a good condition. 

Hire Professionals 

Professional Pest Inspection Services has the right tools and equipment to conduct an exhaustive inspection and ensure that all the pests, if any, are identified correctly and tackled accordingly. 

Professional home inspectors also check other building systems and components such as roof, plumbing, electrical systems, windows and doors, HVAC systems, etc., to identify pest infestations and other similar damages. They would then recommend the best pest control methods based on their findings to ensure that no further damage is done to the property. 

You must hire professionals only to thoroughly inspect the home before purchasing any property.

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Author Bio: When people find their homes and offices infested with pests, it is not uncommon for them to panic. Raymond Web has taken on the task of educating people on pest prevention and control strategies to help them keep their surroundings healthy, safe and pest-free. As the digital marketing manager for Take Care Termite and Pest Control, in Tracy, CA, he has an in-depth understanding of people and their pain points due to pests, which he efficiently uses in his content to educate people and add value to their lives.

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