Pre-Purchase Termite Inspection – What Does It Cover?

Buying a home or building is a big investment that most people desire to see an eventual return on. If termite damage is present, however, repair expenses can far outweigh any potential gains in property value. That is precisely why a pre-purchase termite inspection is strongly recommended. This simple procedure provides buyers with the information…

Buying a home or building is a big investment that most people desire to see an eventual return on. If termite damage is present, however, repair expenses can far outweigh any potential gains in property value. That is precisely why a pre-purchase termite inspection is strongly recommended. This simple procedure provides buyers with the information they need to help ensure a sound purchase while also potentially giving them leverage to have any repairs made before a sale's closure should damage be detected. Pre-purchase termite inspections may vary in their scope, but the most reputable companies will go above and beyond to provide an in-depth analysis of the property in question.

Comprehensive termite inspections will include both visual and thermal inspections of the property. The two methods combine to not only detect current infestations but also find evidence of past problems on the property. Thermal imaging is strongly recommended because this more advanced method enables inspectors to detect hidden pest problems, allowing for more accurate identification of deep-rooted infestations. FLIR Thermal Imaging Technology enables inspectors to more detect detect hidden pest problems and to unexpected active termites nests that may be reflected deep within a building's walls, roofing system or sub-flooring. The process is completely hassle-free and is non-invasive, meaning no damage is done to the property during the inspection.

A full inspection will include, but not be limited to:

• Timber inside the roof frame

• Any patios or outbuildings

• Timber used in retaining walls

• External timber fixings

• Timber used in door frames and windows

• Sub-floor areas

Property Buyers need to be mindful of the fact that wood is used in all types of buildings. That means even masonry and brick homes and buildings may serve as breeding grounds for termites and may suffer damage from their presence.

Once an inspection is completed, a comprehensive report of the findings will be provided to the potential buyer. These reports should include:

• Highly detailed information about the nature and extent of any pest activity detected

• Digital color and infrared photographs that document infestation and evidenced damage

Obtaining a pre-purchase inspection can protect buyers in a lot of ways. Detailed inspection reports that provide evidence of infestation can help buyers:

• Negotiate with sellers for fumigation and repair of any structural damage in advance of a purchase to help protect the investment

• Establish legal grounds for breaking a contract if one has already been entered into

If a pre-purchase inspection finds no evidence of past or current infestation, buyers gain peace of mind. Termite damage can prove to be a costly hidden expense. Knowing there is no cause for concern can be a huge relief for buyers.

Purchasing a home or building is a big investment. Pre-purchase term inspections simply help buyers protect their investments.