Termites can present a real threat to a structure so if you have been told that you have termites on your property, your concern may well be warranted. However, before you go ahead and spend a fortune on treating the problem, you may want to consider getting a second opinion first. Why is that?
We can’t all be experts when it comes to finding or fixing problems in our homes, which is why we call in professionals. Sadly, though, at times this can attract less than honest people. Termite inspections are no exception. This means you may be told you have a big termite problem that will be expensive to fix when in reality the problem isn’t that bad at all.
Of course, not all companies are out to con you, but it is helpful to recognize some of the warning signs. For example, if you have been approached by someone offering free termite inspections, be extra cautious as it is likely they will find a termite problem that doesn’t exist or exaggerate one that does just so they can charge a lot to fix the problem.
It is also wise to have a basic knowledge of termites so that you can spot the signs of their presence. This way, you can ask the termite inspector to show you whereabouts on your property they have found the evidence of termites. Some obvious signs of termites are lines of soil or mud and hollowed out wood along the grain. This may be of concern if it is found on the house itself but if you are shown this evidence on your property, such as on a fence or a woodpile, etc. do not be too alarmed.
As we have mentioned, if you are concerned that you are not being told the truth regarding termite damage, it would be best to seek the opinion of other companies in the vicinity to compare their services and prices. If it is determined that you need to have the problem treated, make sure you have a signed contract, detailing the length of time the treatment is guaranteed for.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector