Buying a Home with Termite Damage
If you are in the market for a home, you need to make sure that you take precautions to protect yourself against termite-damaged properties. Buying a home with existing termite damage is not advised.
Before you make the final purchase, have the home inspected by a professional pest control company. Many states require a termite letter, along with a home inspection, to guarantee there is no current termite infestation. A home inspection will also reveal any past termite damage. If there is damage, most sellers will pay to have it fixed or compensate you the amount to fix it yourself. Before the final deal is signed, termite damage should be fixed, and a thorough inspection by a reputable pest control company should be completed stating there is no infestation.
No matter how old a home is, it could have termite damage. Newer homes are just as susceptible, unless they have had pre-treatment of the wood prior to construction. The pre-treatment and barrier methods around the foundation used in some new constructions will help control termites. However, it isn't a guarantee that termites will never be a problem in the future.
When the home is inspected for termites and damage, make sure you work with a reliable pest control company. There are many methods to detect termites in walls and floors, foundations and ceilings. A reliable pest control company will have the most up-to-date inspection techniques, and are trained to determine any prior damage, as well as current infestations.
It's hard to walk away from a house that you love when termite damage is revealed. You need to determine if the risk is worth the reward. Some homebuyers take the risk and make the purchase anyway. In the long run, it really comes down to your own comfort level and what you are willing to accept in your home purchase.