The process of buying a house isn’t easy. From deciding what realtor to go with, to what home loan suits you, or just understanding escrow, there’s a lot to get your head around.
Sadly, there’s one essential step that is often overlooked by American home buyers, and it’s one that is costing them big time.
According to Pest Alert, leaders in Dubbo pest control, before you even consider putting in an offer you should book a pre-purchase pest inspection, otherwise known as a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) search.
Why should you have a pest inspection, you ask?
In America termites cause $5 billion in property damage each year and are known as “silent destroyers” due to their ability to render a home uninhabitable.
The more serious the infestation is the more expensive it is to get rid of them.
Not only have you got pest control to deal with but also repair work to ensure the building isn’t dangerous.
The average cost to repair termite damage runs into the thousands and with most homeowners taking 20-40 years to pay off their home, it’s the last thing anyone needs to spend money on when a mortgage is in play.
Sadly for would-be-homeowners the signs of termite infestations are near-invisible to the untrained eye.
It can take three to eight years for the signs of an infestation to become immediately apparent, and by then, you can bet your bottom dollar major structural damage has been done…one small colony of 60,000 can eat a 2″ x 4″ in just five months.
It’s best to leave these things to the professionals and contact a pest control company. When searching for a company make sure they employ or use the services of an entomologist, who are experts in the bugs’ behavior.