Why Pest Inspections are an Important Part of Home Inspections

Are you a homeowner who suspects termite/pest damage?  Perhaps you are ready to buy a home in South Central PA and want to avoid a nasty surprise after signing the contract?  Either way, having a professional wood-destroying insect inspection performed by a Certified Pesticide Applicator makes good dollars and “sense.”  Here are answers to the most common questions regarding pest and termite inspections:

What qualifies as a wood-destroying organism?

Wood-destroying insects 
include:  termites, carpenter ants and bees, and wood-destroying beetles.  Any one of these organisms can wreak havoc on a home’s structure with no obvious signs of damage.

What is involved with a professional inspection?

A termite and pest inspection 
is non-invasive in nature which means that wall/floor coverings, furniture, shelving, insulation, stored items, etc., will not be disturbed or moved. During the inspection, the inspector will look for past or present signs of wood-destroying insect infestation such as shelter tubes, frass, bore/exit holes, and any visible signs of damage left behind by a wood-destroying insect.  The inspector’s findings are reported on a NPMA-33, which is the industry standard form used by all mortgage companies.  This service can be performed as a stand-alone service or included in a General Home Inspection.

How long does the inspection take?

An average thorough wood-destroying insect inspection takes 30-45 minutes and is dependent upon the size of the home/property and its condition—i.e. significant clutter 
or stored personal items.

Why is a professional inspection important before buying a home?

The damage done to homes by termites and other pests far exceeds the damage caused by forces of nature like tornadoes, hurricanes, and flooding.  In fact, wood-destroying insects cause billions of dollars in damage to American homes each year—damage NOT typically covered by most insurance plans.  As a home buyer, you should know before buying a home if there is existing termite damage or infestations and if there are areas susceptible to future infestations.  A professional termite and pest inspection report identifies two key areas of concern:  significant moisture deposits and open access points in the foundation.  Keep in mind that a negative report doesn’t mean you shouldn’t purchase the home, but it can lead to negotiations with the seller regarding repairs and future prevention.

Next step:

If you’re in need of a 
professional home inspector in Gettysburg and Hanover, PA, Certified Pesticide Applicator, Michael Rife, is ready to serve you with honesty, integrity, and superior service.  Call Rife Home Inspections today to schedule your appointment!

This service is only offered in Pennsylvania.

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