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Detecting Structural Damage with a Termite Inspection

Jul 13, 2008
Termite inspections are something that should be in your mind if you decide to purchase or sell a home. By law, a seller should inform the buyer of termite infestation. Termite damage can decrease the value of a home. Remember, a home could look totally perfect on the inside, but have serious damage that isn't so apparent.

Some of the do-it-yourself types think that they could spend the weekend look through the home and inspect the home themselves. If you planning to spend the weekend doing the inspection yourself, don't waste your time. You'll want to hire a professional to evaluate the building or property and provide a termite inspection report to show that a valid inspection was conducted.

The Purpose of a Professional Termite Inspection

The main purpose of the inspection is to report any issues regarding the safety and integrity of the property. The process is usually conducted 2 weeks before documents are signed. Individuals which conduct these visual evaluations and provide reports should have a license, certificate, or permit from a government agency.

When this inspection is conducted by a professional, damage and structural problems will be revealed. Window frames, walls, ceilings, and materials may be inspected. Cracks will also be investigated as these are the areas where termites enter a structure.

The Myths of Termite Inspections

Termite inspectors do not evaluate the value of your home. Termite inspectors report termite issues. That includes infestation and damage. If they find anything wrong with the home, they can suggest termite control services.

Why You Need One

Nobody wants to invest a lot of money into something that's falling apart. A termite inspection will show the buyer or bank if there's any termite damage. If termite infestation is severe, the home may require treatment before the transaction is processed.

It's important that these kind of things are taken care of. If you are the buyer, I'm sure a safe home is something that you want to invest in. This shouldn't be taken lightly. With such a large investment, buyers should insure that termite treatment is conducted.

As a seller, having your property inspected professionally is the ethical thing to do. While it might just seem like a financial transaction to some people, the health and safety of the buyers can be effected by a termite infested home. In the society that we live in, it would be proper to do the task that you would like others to do for you.
About the Author
Charles Burlington is sometimes referred to as the "Termite Guy". If you're looking for a termite inspection in San Jose, Charles highly recommends that you contact Taps Termite.
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