No one wants to share their home with pests. Whether you are plagued with rodents, bugs, snakes or something even worse,
there are many benefits to having a pest inspection performed in your home. Read on for all the information you need on the benefits of having a pest inspection in your home.
The number one benefit of having a pest inspection of peace of mind. A pest control specialist will be able to tell if you have a pest problem, and if you do, they will help you fix the problem. In addition, there could be major expenses if you let a pest problem go unchecked. Termites can easily destroy the structural integrity in a home if allowed to roam freely through the house.
The most common reports of pest infestations include:
• Termites, Ants
• Rats, Mice
• Cockroaches, Spiders
What A Pest Inspection Report Covers
Any inspection made before you sell your home must meet certain legal standards set by the local government. The comprehensive report will perform a thorough check of your property looking for any damage, as well as any future potential damage from pests, including:
• Sub-floor areas
• Retaining walls and timber posts
• Garden fences and foliage
• Garage and any other separate buildings
Guide to Pre-Purchase Inspections
If you’re in the market for a new home, you have probably heard the term pre-purchase inspection. This term can refer to several types of inspections, and it’s a wise idea to get them all before buying a house. This guide will explain the different types of pre-purchase inspections.
Types of Pre-Purchase Inspections
There are three types of pre-purchase home inspections:
1 Termite inspection:
A termite inspection is performed by a licensed termite inspector or pest control professional who checks
the entire home for evidence of termites and termite damage. Termites can cause a lot of damage to a home
that could result in extremely costly repairs. It’s wise to get this inspection to avoid those costs
2 Building inspection:
A building inspection is performed by a licensed building inspector who checks the entire structure of the
home and any outbuildings on the property. This inspection can identify structural issues, plumbing
problems, leaks, mold, mildew, electrical problems, illegal structures and other issues. By getting this
inspection, you will know the true condition of the home, so there won’t be any surprises. It also gives you
the opportunity to negotiate with the homeowner to have repairs done before the purchase.
3 Pre-settlement inspection:
This inspection is performed by a licensed building inspector who checks to see if all of the negotiations
you made with the homeowner regarding repairs were completed.
Do You Need One?
Generally, you don’t have to get pre-purchase inspections, however, some lenders may require them before
approving a mortgage. Either way, it’s a good idea to get these inspections so that you don’t get stuck with
expensive repairs. If you’re in a hurry to make an offer on the home out of fear that someone will beat you to the
punch, you can make your offer before getting the pre-purchase inspections on the contingency that the inspections will show no significant problems. However, if you do this, it’s important that you write the contingency on your offer. Stipulate in this document that any money you put down with the offer is refundable if any major problems are found and not repaired at the seller’s expense.
Who Hires the Inspectors?
You should hire the inspectors so that you know they are working for your best interests. You will need to hire different professionals for each type of inspection (a termite inspector and a building inspector). Make sure the inspectors are licensed.
Pre-purchase inspections are always a good idea because they can potentially save you a lot of money. You don’t want to buy a home only to later find out that it has problems you weren’t aware of. This won’t happen to you if you have the pre-inspections performed.