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The Importance of Termite Control in Real Estate Transactions

If you’ve ever bought or sold a house or are at all familiar with the process you know that before a deal is settled the house will undergo a series of inspections. These inspections are usually paid for by the buyer and give them a good idea of how well the building has been maintained. Inspectors check for issues with the roof, electrical, plumbing, and much more. One of the most important elements of this process is the termite inspection. During a termite inspection, the inspector reviews the property inside and out. This includes trim, walls, windows, crawl spaces, cabinets, and closets. They’re looking for any sign of an active termite infestation including droppings, wings, and structural damage.

Often the presence of an active termite infestation in a home can impact its perceived value. The buyer knows now that they’re going to need to invest significant money in termite control and may even ask the seller to contribute to that effort. If there’s anything a home seller wants to avoid, it’s giving away money. Whether or not you’re in the market to sell your house today, there is a good chance that you’ll want to sell it eventually. As an investment in the future value of your house, it’s wise to hire a termite control company today.

Termite control is as much about termite prevention as it is about termite elimination. While some termite control companies come out to fix an existing problem, we like to build relationships with our clients that help ensure that the termites won’t show up in the first place. 

If you’re preparing to sell your house soon, but don’t already have a termite control service on your team, now is the time to call Holder’s termite control team. We can help you determine whether or not you have an existing termite issue and the best way to treat it. What we urge you not to do is attempt to address your termite problems on your own. When a buyer purchases your house they want to see records of a licensed termite control company servicing your house. Referred to most often as a termite bond, this arrangement acts as a formal record of termite control treatments as well as an agreement between the homeowner and the termite company. When selling your home, an active termite bond is a great selling point for many buyers. More than just the relief that this home will be safe from termite damage for another few years, your investment in termite control is a sign that the home has been well-cared for overall. 

If you hope to enter the real estate market in the next year, or even the next decade, here are some important termite control investments you can make to make potential buyers more comfortable!

Clear Any Active Termite Colonies

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, we want to continue reminding you how surprisingly powerful termites are. These weird little bugs are often hard to spot and far from intimidating looking, but they can do an unbelievable amount of damage to a home that is not protected with quality termite control services. Before you even consider listing your home, contact a termite control company that can help you identify any active infestations and have them treated as soon as possible. Knowing that your home is free of such damaging pests will make a big difference to potential buyers.

Prevent Future Infestations

There are two ways to approach termite prevention, and they’re both equally as important. First, termite control is like setting a boundary around your home. Termites that attempt to make their way inside are met with opposition from professional termite control products. The right termite company will ensure that your property is treated regularly to keep that boundary strong and stable. 

Additionally, it’s important to treat the deeper issues that are making your home look like an inviting place for termite colonies to build their homes. For example, termites (like many other bugs) are attracted to dark, damp, warm environments. For this reason, we often find termites in parts of the house where there is a leak in the roof, or a leak in a pipe, or a broken shower pan. Hire an inspector to look for places in your home where any of these issues might have occurred.

Investigate Your Whole Property

If you’re leaving your termite inspection to the walls that make up your house, you may be missing something big. Termites eat wood and they have been known to take up residence in lots of other structures around your property. Take a moment to assess all of the out-buildings, trees, piles of firewood, decks, and fences that surround your home. An infestation in one of these areas can easily spread to other areas.

We want you to make the most out of your home sale. If you’re hoping to sell your property in the next year, you’ve reached the perfect point to re-up your termite control services. If you have not invested in services at all, now is the time to get started. The real estate market is hotter now than it has been in years. Call us today to learn more about how we can add more value to your home with our professional pest and termite control services.