Uncovering Pests In Real Estate Inspections

11/23/2016


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Buying or selling a home is an exciting time. For sellers, it’s a moving on. For buyers, it’s an exciting milestone. For both, however, pests can put a kink in the plans. Every home sale and purchase requires a real estate inspection, but it’s not looking for pests. Home sale and purchases require more than a structural inspection. It is important to uncover pests in real estate inspections too.

What Pest Control Real Estate Inspections Look For

Only a pest control professional has the skills, tools, and experience to complete a thorough home inspection for pests. Licensed pest home inspectors are on the lookout for more than foundation cracks and structural concerns. However, cracks and crevices in a home's foundation is a good indication that there is possible a current infestation or at the very least a huge potential for a future pest invasion. When a pest control professional completes a new home inspection, they are looking for:

Damage Caused by Pests

One of biggest concerns for new home buyers and existing home sellers is the presence of wood-destroying insects – termites. Why? Because termites can go unseen for years, causing significant damage to a home while undetected. A trained termite inspector can detect the evidence of an infestation, patterns of destruction, and areas of concern that attract and/or harbor termites. Termites eat wood, thus every part of your home attracts these silent destroyers.

Outdoor mammals are of great concern as well. Wildlife outside of the home can cause significant damage to the property. Moles, gophers, and voles leave large holes and tunnels in the lawn. They also damage shrubs and bushes, harm flowers and bulbs, and when they are done, they head to the neighbor’s house.

Another concern for home buyers and home sellers are that pests can make you sick. The most common disease-carrying rodents are mice and rats. Mice and rats carry salmonella, hantavirus, hemorrhagic fever, leptospirosis, and rat-bite fever. Additional health concerns caused by insects and rodents include rash, allergic reaction, flea bites, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and asthma or respiratory concerns.

How to Get Rid of Pests

You cannot control or prevent pests and rodents on your own. If you are a new homeowner, you shouldn’t have to foot the bill either. Getting rid of pests is a job meant for the professionals. With professional services, you can be sure the job is thorough and done properly. A few solutions to ensure that happens is a systematic inspection of the home, identification of damage, and control services to avert and get rid of pests. Pest control professionals don’t just inspect the home and go; they provide sellers and buyers with a detailed plan to manage pests all year-round.

Call the professionals at Schendel Pests Services for a real estate inspection that addresses the things that crawl, creep, eat around the home. Don’t get stuck with an infestation you can’t control and a bill you can’t pay. For all your pest needs, Schendel has you covered. Call our offices today!




 

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