Should I Check for an Insect Infestation when Buying a Home?

January 16, 2017

When buying a home, the emphasis is on you as the buyer to ensure the property is in optimal structural condition for the long-term. Properties in which an insect infestation has occurred will require significant renovations and are often not ideal for the modern buyer. However, without the requisite experience, it can be difficult to identify the signs of an infestation. In this latest post, we’ll take a look at the importance of checking for insect infestations when buying property and the tools you’ll need along the way.



Conduct a Property Inspection


In the vast majority of cases, your real estate agent will help you to hire a home inspector who can then guide you on the types of insects they check for when reviewing properties. The property inspector will look for insects such as termites during the inspection process, as these creatures can destroy home foundations and quickly damage wood furniture among other items in the home. Hiring a home inspector will help ensure that any termite infestation and previous damage is quickly spotted and noted.


The Signs of an Infestation


If you’re in the process of making a bid for a property, and you haven’t yet determined whether you wish to move forward with a property inspection, it’s important that you have a clear understanding of the signs of insect infestation. These signs can include the following:

  • Flying insects near light sources

  • Small tubes of natural material near wood structures

  • Damaged wood at structural weight-bearing areas

  • Tiny holes in wood and paint

Discuss Options with a Pest Control Expert


In addition to working with a property inspector, you might consider hiring a pest control company if you have suspicions about a potential infestation. The pest control expert can help answer your questions and guide you on a future course of action in terms of buying the home. Further benefits of working with a pest control expert when examining property include:

  • An analysis of the type of property damage

  • Expert guidance on potential cost of treatment

  • Expert guidance on potential for reoccurrence of the infestation in future

  • An understanding of the dangers of the infestation

  • A long-term treatment strategy

Our trusted team of local Edmonton pest control experts are ready to help guide you in making sure your property is free of all insect infestation problems. We’re available around the clock to conduct inspection work and to answer your important questions. To learn more, call us today.

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