Whether you’re buying a new home on Long Island or want to protect your existing one, you may be looking into a termite inspection. In case you are questioning the value of a termite inspection, allow our team at A-Pro Certified Home Inspection Services answer a few common questions about termite inspections.
1. Do I really need a termite inspection?
Costs can add up when purchasing a home. However, skipping the termite inspection is NOT something we recommend, no matter what condition the seller reports the house to be in. Termite damage can be costly to repair, so it’s best to pay a little for a termite inspection than potentially thousands later on. Plus, if you’re taking out a mortgage, many lenders require a termite inspection before approving your loan.
2. What does an inspector look for during a termite inspection?
Each home is unique, so each termite inspection should be too. However, each inspector looks for two main things: presence of termites and termite damage. A few potential signs of termites include structural damage, mud tunnels in the wood, mildew scent, and more. If these signs are found, our team will be sure to include it in the inspection report and offer some remediation tips.
3. What if the inspector finds signs of termites?
The good news about finding termites or termite damage is that now you can develop a plan to stop it and make necessary repairs. You may want to request that the seller reduce the purchase price to accommodate the termite remediation or take care of the remediation themselves before proceeding with the contract. (You can work with your realtor to determine the best course of action.)
If you’re concerned about the potential of termites in a Long Island property, then go ahead and schedule your termite inspection. You can choose a termite inspection à la carte as a specialty inspection or in addition to a home inspection. Contact A-Pro Certified Home Inspection Services today at (516) 524-0673.