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When Should You Request A Termite Inspection

Evidence of a major termite infestation around wooden shelf bottom. Photo taken by ChiefRanger on

A termite inspection is a thorough visual examination of a building or structure, conducted by a licensed professional, to determine if there is any evidence of termite activity or damage. The inspection typically involves a comprehensive evaluation of the interior and exterior of the building, including the foundation, walls, roof, and other areas where termites are known to infest.

During the inspection, the inspector will look for signs of termite damage, such as wood that is soft or hollowed out, as well as evidence of termite activity, such as mud tubes or termite wings. If termites are found, the inspector will recommend a course of action to eliminate the infestation and prevent future damage.

It is important to have your home inspected for termites on a regular basis, especially if you live in an area where termites are common. By taking this step, you can help to protect your home from termite damage. If any termite activity is found, the inspector will recommend a course of treatment. Depending on what is found during the inspection, treatment options may include:

  • Baiting

  • Fumigation

  • Termite-resistant wood treatments

  • Replacement

A termite inspection is also typically required by lenders and real estate agents during the buying and selling process of a property. It is also recommended for homeowners to have regular inspections to catch any potential termite problems early on and prevent significant damage to their property.

If termites are found during the buying or selling process of real estate, the specific actions that need to be taken will depend on the severity of the infestation, the terms of the purchase agreement, and state and local laws. Here are some general scenarios that may occur:

  • The seller may be required to pay for termite treatment and repairs: In many cases, the seller will be responsible for covering the cost of termite treatment and repairs if an infestation is found. The specifics will depend on the terms of the purchase agreement and any contingencies that were included.

  • The buyer may have the option to back out of the sale: If the infestation is severe and the seller is unwilling or unable to cover the cost of treatment and repairs, the buyer may have the option to back out of the sale. Again, the specifics will depend on the terms of the purchase agreement.

  • The buyer and seller may negotiate a lower price for the home.

  • The sale may be contingent on a successful termite inspection: Some purchase agreements may include a contingency that the sale is dependent on a successful termite inspection. If termites are found and the seller agrees to cover the cost of treatment and repairs, the sale may still go through.

It's important to note that termite laws and regulations can vary by state and locality, so it's important to consult with a licensed professional at Atlanta Outsourced Pest Control in Georgia and/or real estate agent for guidance on specific requirements and best practices. Call Atlanta Outsourced Pest Control today at 678-948-6032.


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