Home Pest Inspection FAQs
Buying or selling a house is an exciting, stressful, and some may even call it a painful process. Both the seller and buyer have a lot of things to think about. One of the major problems that a house may have is pest infestation. Pest issues can make or break a sale.
You wouldn’t want to buy a home that is infested with termites, bed bugs, carpenter ants, mice, or spiders, would you? And if you are a seller, selling a pest-infested home will make the already tedious task even more difficult. To answer your pest inspection questions, here is a comprehensive list of FAQs:
Why should you get a pre-purchase home pest inspection?
Buying a home for your family is probably the most expensive investment you’ll ever make in your lifetime. You’ll obviously be looking for properties that are appealing to you and have all the features that suit your needs. While these features are crucial, you’ll also need to look further into whether the house you are considering is going to cost you money in terms of repairs.
Undertaking a pre-purchase pest inspection will alert you on any pest issues and this will help you make a more informed decision. Moreover, the pest inspection report from your home inspector can help you negotiate the costs of any recommended pest control and repairs with the seller.
If you are selling a house, your prospective buyers will most likely request a pre-purchase pest inspection. You wouldn’t want them finding out that your home has expensive pest-related repairs, would you? It is, therefore, recommended that you have a pest inspection and pay for any repairs that may arise before you sell your house. You’ll be surprised at how fast you’ll sell the house after this!
What information is included in a pest inspection report?
An all-inclusive pest inspection report provides information such as:
- Description of any existing pest and/or fungus.
- Description of any pest damage in your house.
- Description of conditions that may lead to future pest infestation such as faulty grade levels, earth-wood contact, and excessive moisture.
- Recommendations for repair and pest control.
What should you look for when choosing a pest inspector?
A home pest inspector should be a licensed building consultant with the appropriate industry accreditation and training. Extensive experience is also a vital attribute that the inspector should possess.
He/she should also be covered by professional indemnity insurance that will protect you against negligence, and a liability insurance to protect you from injury or damage.
How often do you need a pest inspection?
Whether a timber house or a stone house, the industry recommends that you have annual pest inspections, especially if you live in a high-risk area.
How do you arrange a home pest inspection?
When you have noticed a pest infestation in your home, you should call a professional home inspector immediately. At Arnold Investigative Engineering, we are always available to offer a helping hand. When you contact us, we will confirm the date and time of your home pest inspection with you. We’ll also ensure that the inspections are conducted at a time that is most convenient for you.