The Importance of a Termite Inspection When Purchasing a Home

Termite season in Texas typically occurs between February and March, but termites can be active throughout the year. During early spring, new colonies of termite swarmers are often established. As we are currently in this time of the year and temperatures are rising, here are some things to keep in mind when purchasing a home. 

  1. Some Mortgage Loans Require It

Certain home loans, such as FHA and VA loans, require a termite inspection before approval. These inspections help to identify whether there’s an active termite issue. Your real estate agent or mortgage company will guide you on whether your specific loan requires this inspection. However, safeguarding your biggest investment—your home—shouldn’t even be a debate. Getting a termite inspection is a smart move that ensures you’re protecting your investment without taking unnecessary risks. 

  1. Conducive Conditions of the Property 

Termites live in the soil and must maintain that soil contact to survive. Because of that, they will enter your home either by building a mud shelter tube up the side of the concrete foundation or through a tiny crack in the foundation, provided that the crack extends to the soil line. If the soil line is above the foundation or the footing is too low, termites will not be detectable until there is damage inside the house. Certain other conditions around the home, such as moisture, heavy mulch, and dense vegetation against the foundation, can also contribute to the presence of termites. 

  1. Termite Damage Is Costly

Termites cause over $5.5 billion in property damage each year in North America. However, the presence of prior termite infestations does not necessarily mean that a house is unfit for purchase. It’s important to differentiate between a previous infestation that has already been resolved and a current one. In such cases, it’s best to consult with your real estate agent to determine the best course of action. Moreover, the seller should provide documentation of any past infestation and the measures taken to address it. 

There is no reason to worry about whether or not to get this inspection. That’s because Diamond Head Inspection Services, LLC will provide a termite inspection for FREE with every home inspection. Allow us to handle the termite inspection, providing you with reassurance and peace of mind. Call us today at (737)600-2949 or go on the website at Schedule your inspection today! 

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