How To Hire a Termite Inspector

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Purchasing a new home can be an exciting time for any person. The feelings of buying a home and thinking of ways on how to set it up can make any person shrug off sleep. However, the reality is that you will need to get some things done prior to the purchase such as inspecting the house for flaws and foundational issues perhaps caused by termites eating away in the dark spaces where wood can be found. Inspecting a house for termites needs to be done by a specialist. You will need to hire a termite inspector to examine the inner foundations of the house to see if it is worth buying or if the infestation has made the house a hazard waiting to happen. Follow these tips in finding and hiring a termite inspector.

  • Search for a termite inspector. You can find many individuals trained in the art of finding termite infestations and resolving these damaging issues. The first option is to ask your friends, co-workers, or neighbors if they know a termite specialist or inspector. If they do, then you may want to give this candidate a shot. Now, if this option is unavailable, then you might want to take a gander at the yellow pages where you should find listings for several termite specialists in your area. Bear in mind that some are individuals or businesses that provide termite inspection and eradication services. Individuals providing the service may be cheaper than businesses. On the other hand, businesses will probably provide more qualified specialists. You can check newspaper ads or do a quick online search as well to find a specialist.
  • Request for a quote. Contact each prospective termite inspector you come across and request for a quote for termite inspection. This should not cost too much since all they really have to do is to check a house for termites. No mass killing of termites will be required since you have not purchased the house yet. Ask all your prospects to submit the costs for the inspection.
  • Ask to see the license. Termite inspectors may require licensure depending on that state they work in. If the state requires such a license, make sure that the inspector has this. Never ever hire anyone that cannot produce a license. At the same time, it would be wise of you to hire an inspector that is insured and bonded so that if any damages occur during the inspection caused by the inspector, then it will be paid by the insurance company.
  • Hire the inspector. Compare the quotes you receive and hire the most suitable candidate based on cost and experience. Sign a contract if you deem it necessary however, you can always agree on the terms verbally.
  • Wait for a pest control report. Schedule a time for the inspection and wait for the comprehensive pest control report which should include termites to be completed. Once the inspection is done and the termite inspector submits his report, then you can truly decide whether to purchase the house or not. Make sure that the inspector can access each and every nook and cranny in the house to ensure total inspection.

The report may indicate problems labeled in sections. If the problems are listed as Section I, then the seller will be required to pay for the repairs. If the problems are labeled as Section II, then the buyer, which is you, will be liable for the repairs.


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