Pre Home Buying Termite Inspections
While Orkin only offers termite inspections to existing Orkin termite customers, you should consider hiring a traditional home inspector and employing a licensed termite inspector before purchasing real estate or buying a home. Termite damage far exceeds damage caused to homes by tornadoes, hurricanes and flooding and is rarely covered by homeowner insurance policies. Traditional home inspectors often are not thoroughly trained to recognize existing or potential termite damage. Early detection can save homeowners substantial repair costs.
Termite inspectors can provide potential homebuyers with reports. These reports outline both any existing damage or infestations and areas that are liable to incur future infestations. Areas of concern include open access points in the foundation or lower levels of a home and significant moisture deposits. Professional pest control companies can assist in correcting areas that pose a threat of infestation.
The results of these reports should not necessarily deter a home buyer from purchasing the home in question. Negotiations may be entered into between buyers and sellers to arrange for further prevention and repairs to be made by the seller prior to sale. Sellers may also negotiate on price if termite damage is found.