Termite Repair Cost - How Expensive Will It Be?

If you think you have termites in your home, one of the first questions you're going to have is how much it's going to cost. After all, treatment and repair of termite damage is often extremely expensive. Termites can do a lot of damage to your home, and in only a short time, all your improvements could turn into a pile of sawdust. The cost to treat termite infestations and repair the damage they've done isn't the same across the board, however. There are lots of thing you'll need to think about when you're trying to figure out how much damage has been done.

The method of treatment you're using, the type of termite, and the amount of wood in your home will be factors in your termite repair cost, as will the length of time the termites have been able to infest your home. Remember that you'll need to find a termite removal service that you consider trustworthy, as some may try to take you for a ride. In town companies will probably have lower fees than ones found out of town, and if your inspection company, exterminator, or repair company has to travel a long way, you're probably going to have to pay extra.

If you're thinking about buying a home in an area which is prone to termites, you're definitely going to have to consider the possibility that it may be infested. Don't simply rely on the seller's statement that there is no damage or that there has been no infestation. They may not be aware of problems, or they may be lying outright. Instead, be sure to have an inspector look over the house, and make sure that you have a contract with that person that allows you to hold them to their statements about damage. If you accidentally buy a home with damage, your termite repair costs could be quite high.

There are several different kinds of termites, from drywood types that infest relatively small areas and live above ground, to Formosan termites, which live in the soil below the house and can eat a truly enormous amount of wood in a single day. Drywood species can usually be treated with spot treatments, but whole house fumigation may be required. Their smaller colonies means that they do less damage and that the termite repair cost associated with this damage is a lot lower.

Subterranean species, not all of which are as voracious as the Formosan type, live in the earth below the house. This makes them much harder to reach, and requires specialty treatments. The traditional method involves creating a chemical barrier around the house that'll kill any termites that encounter it. Digging up floors and creating trenches around the house may be required. More recently, baiting stations have been used to significantly decrease the numbers in a colony. Both of these methods are expensive, and because of their location in the ground, these termites are much more likely to damage structural members and cause real problems, as well as high repair costs.

It's impossible to say just what your termite repair cost is going to be. There are too many factors involved. However, one thing is true across the board. The earlier you deal with your termite problem, the less expensive it's going to be. Termites that have longer to work are going to make things more expensive. So, if you suspect that you have a termite problem, you need to deal with it right away. Call an inspector and save your home!

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