Termite Treatment Cost Considerations

Termite damage is never good for any home, even if it's quite small and doesn't affect the structure. This kind of damage could cost you a lot of money if you try to sell your home, or even make you lose the sale. Most of the time, you'll have to treat the problem on your own if you're the owner, which could cost several thousand dollars - termite cost can be significant. If you're the seller, you may wonder if the treatment is actually going to be done properly.

As a buyer, having the seller treat for the termite problem will save you some money, but you may wonder how extensive the termite damage really is. Sometimes, termites can cause damage that runs a lot more than getting rid of them does. In some cases, termite cost from damage can be up to fifty times as much as the initial treatment. The last thing any of us want is to purchase a home that's been treated, but which has serious damage to structural components.

If the home's wooden structure has been damaged, immediate repairs will be required. Remember that not all damage is easily visible to the naked eye, either. To find out how bad damage really is, you'll have to move appliances and furniture, look inside ceilings and walls, pull up carpet and look everywhere else in the home. It may seem invasive, but it's the only way to find out how much damage has really been done, which allows you to find out what the termite cost is going to be. No one wants to move into a home that has really serious structural damage, after all.

There may also be cosmetic damage present that won't affect the home's structure, but needs work if it's good to look good. It's important to have testing done by professionals who will do more than just a visual inspection if you want to know how far damage has progressed and what repairs are going to cost you. It may be expensive to have done, but it's worth it in the long run.

To protect yourself from buying a house that's got some dirty termite secrets, insist on a treatment and repair history. If it's a home you're renting, be sure that you get the specialist to give you a written report detailing damage to your home and how much repairs are going to cost. Your landlord will need this if anything is going to be fixed.

No matter who you are, if you own a home or are thinking about owning one, termite inspection and consideration of termite cost are vital. There are lots of companies out there you can work with. Just make sure you know what you're getting into and read all contracts with care. That way, you'll protect yourself against unexpected expenses.

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

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