Termites find homes appetizing, which can lead to some serious structural damage for Utah homeowners. How do you know if the home you are planning to purchase, or the one you are planning to sell has dealt with a termite problem? Should you get a termite inspection?
If you haven’t dealt with termites in the past, we understand why you might not even bother with one. However, even if you haven’t had a termite problem, it is important to be aware that there are three main destructive species in Utah, and several cities including Bountiful, Clearfield, Clinton, Farmington Kaysville, Layton, North Ogden, Ogden, South Ogden, Syracuse, and West Warren have all reported high-risk termite activity in recent years.
Reedy Set Go provides inspection services, but we do not specialize in pest inspection. If we do identify some of the common pests concerns with homes, we will inform you and recommend a professional insect inspection service to provide additional detail. Termites left uncontrolled could be dangerous to your home.
A Termite Inspection is an Investment in Your Home
Purchasing a home is one of the largest expenses most Americans will make in their lifetime. Failure to have a termite inspection could end up being the greatest mistake you will make. A termite infestation can cost $3,000 or more for fumigation and sheetrock repairs. However, homeowners often find damage has occurred throughout the home. Having a termite inspection performed every one to three years is the best way to ensure your home is adequately protected from termites.
No Signs of Termites? Do I Need an Inspection?
It’s easy for homeowners to overlook signs of a termite infestation. Unfortunately, a termite infestation could be going on for months or years before anyone sees a sign of a problem. With all the damage the termites have already done, most people end up with thousands of dollars in damage to repair. The other downside? Termite insurance is not always offered with basic home warranty packages in Utah, leading the homeowner to be fully financially responsible for the damage.
Signs of Termite Damage
How do you know if your home or the home you are planning to purchase has dealt with termite problems? Look for the following when you are inspecting your home:
- Sagging floors or ceilings
- Water-damage looking areas
- Piles of dead insects resembling ants, or piles of small insect wings
- Mud tubing around the foundation of the home
Since termites are quite small, its difficult for most people to spot them initially. A trained expert in termite inspection can quickly identify areas of concern, and they have a skillset in water-damage identification, which often becomes the home for termites.
What Does a Termite Inspection Include?
A termite inspection will include a licensed professional inspector who can identify termite activity. Experts can identify damage from termites and damage that may be related to other problems with the home. The entire home will be inspected from top to bottom to check for signs of termite damage. Once the inspection is complete, you will receive a report that identifies the concerns with the property. If termites have been found, the report will include information about the location of the termites and what has been damaged.
Reedy Set Go can work with professional pest inspectors if you are aware of termite damage to the home. Contact our Ogden inspection office to discuss the scope of services needed for your inspection needs.