What Are Your Rights Regarding Exterminator Cost?

Hiring an exterminator can be fairly expensive, and the process of doing so can make you pretty nervous. After all, after paying the exterminator cost, you could still be stuck with pests! You may wonder if there's anything you can do if your exterminator doesn't eliminate all the pests in your home. Thankfully, the answer is yes, depending on where you live, the situation, and what the pest problem is. Let's take a look at what you can and can't expect to get from your exterminator.

In the past, failure to eliminate all pests from the home has been seen as a breach of contract by some courts, especially if this is caused by the exterminator not doing his or her job properly. If you can prove that an exterminator you hired has breached contract, you'll be able to get compensation for problems caused by this. That gives you some peace of mind when you agree to an exterminator cost.

To prove that the exterminator is in the wrong, there are a few things that need to happen. Usually, exterminators which end up being liable for breach of contract promise to eliminate all costs through their warranty or advertising. After the work's been done, the exterminator says that all pests are eliminated. After a period of time passes, pests are seen again. A third party inspection shows that the original exterminator did not do the job correctly. In this case, if the original exterminator doesn't take care of the pests or honor the guarantee, he or she is liable.

Damages you could get back if this happens to you include the original exterminator cost and the cost of hiring someone else to finish the job. If you try to take on the extermination on your own, costs relating to this might also be covered. When termites are the problem, you may even get some money back for damage done to the house in the meantime.

Be aware that some exterminators include liquidated damages provisions in their contracts to try to cap the amount of money a court can award. However, these provisions may not be viewed seriously by the courts, which tend to agree that if the exterminator created the damages, then liability exists. What this means for you is that, while you should still read all contracts with care and pay attention to what you're signing, you shouldn't be afraid of your exterminator cost. If the pests are eliminated, what you pay is worth it. If not, then you don't have to lose money.

Exterminators can be a worthwhile investment if you believe that your home is infested with termites or pests of any kind. Sometimes, the work you do on your own just isn't enough - you need the help of a professional. However, many people are worried about whether the exterminator cost they incur will actually guarantee them removal of all pests. In most cases it will, and if it doesn't, you have some recourse. There's no need to be concerned about being taken by an incompetent or scam exterminator if you read the contracts and know your rights.

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By Frank Reece. Page last modified Nov. 10, 2008.

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