When buying a new home, it can feel overwhelming. From small details like flooring, to big ones like location, there are lots of things to consider when house hunting. However, sometimes the hidden elements are the most important! Take it from the experts, inspecting a house for pest damage before buying, can save you headache and money. Here are the areas we recommend checking before you commit to your dream home.
1. Wood Damage
Wood damage can be caused by leaks or other factors, but most commonly, this is a sign of pest infestations and damage. The most common wood damaging bugs are termites, but carpenter bees and powderpost beetles can also be responsible for damage to wood. Keep an eye out for these warning signs:
- Flour-like substance on the wood or tiny holes
- Carpenter bees on the deck or porch
- Woodpiles, trees, or stumps
- Sagging ceilings, walls or joints
2. Rodent Infestations
Unlike termites which damage the infrastructure, rodents present several dangers to a home. Since rodents are drawn to food, they can contaminate any items that aren’t sealed and spread disease to you and your family. They can also nest in and shred cardboard, papers, insulation or other materials in your home. When viewing a house, keep an eye out for rat droppings and a distinct ammonia scent to avoid a home with rodent issues.
3. Roaches or Waterbugs
When touring a house, be sure to check basements, underneath sinks and anywhere else water can gather for moisture or damage. Standing water from leaks or other water issues can attract bugs like cockroaches that can quickly take over your home.
Assessing the Level of Damage
Buying a new house comes with all kinds of issues, and a current pest problem doesn’t necessarily mean that the house isn’t the right one for you! If you’ve found your dream home, but noticed any of these warning signs, be sure to have a professional check the extent of the damage before committing to anything. Understanding the level of damage and the amount it will take to correct the issue is an essential part of the negation process. Contact an expert and get a quote in writing to either have the previous owner take care of the issue, or factor the cost into the buying price.
Pest Elimination and Prevention in Your New Home
If you decided to handle the problem on your own after the sale, or would simply like to prevent any potential pest problems from affecting your new home, there are several steps you can take:
- Upfit the crawl space with a plastic vapor barrier
- Repair leaks in old pipes
- Tame overgrown shrubs and trees
- Remove obstructions around the foundation
- Keep gutters clean and maintained
- Sign up for regular pest control treatments
If your new home has a few unwanted tenants that came with it, or if you’re looking to prevent any future issues, contact our experts at Masters Touch Pest Solutions!