Tips for First Time Homeowners to Spots Pests

November 25, 2014

There is nothing more exciting and stress inducing than the search for your first home!  The learning curve about finances, bidding and home inspections can be overwhelming.  The last thing that new homeowners want to think about is termites, ants or other pests in their first property.  Here are some tips to consider before you sign on the dotted line and lock yourself into a mortgage.  

  1. Hire a qualified home inspector Your best defense against buying a home that may have a pest problem is someone who is trained to spot and understand the extent of damage that may be involved.  

  2. During Walk throughs and tours – Become well educated about the type of pests that exist in your area.  Once you have a good grasp of the types of pests start looking for obvious signs of damage due to pests.  For example:

    • Do you see ants or other critters during the home tour?

    • Do you see ant or mice traps scattered around the home?

    • Look for mice and critter droppings in basements and moist dark areas?

    • Are there holes or wood damage to beams or posts in the basement?

    • Look for rotting window sills that may be a haven for pests.

    • Outside the home – look for tree branches that hang over the roof that may make for an easy access to the structure.  

    • Look for mud tubes or termite damage in the basement.

  1. Talk to Neighbors and the Realtor – Neighbors can quickly tell you issues they have had and what you may want to be aware of during house hunting.  A Realtor is bound by disclosure agreements and ethics to reveal any problems the home may have had in the past so always ask during the house hunting process.  

 

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