Termites and other wood-destroying insects (WDI) can wreak havoc on homes and fences. Because the damage can occur without much visible evidence, many lenders will require a termite inspection before the purchase of a home.
Who Pays for a Termite Inspection?
When a home is up for sale, generally, the buyer will purchase a termite inspection as part of the inspection process. A VA loan, for example, requires an inspection as a condition for applying for a loan in Maryland.
What Insects Are Considered Wood-Destroying Insects?
Many people have heard about termites, a wood-boring insect that looks like a white ant with wings. Other insects that snack on wood include carpenter ants, powderpost beetles and old house borer beetles.
What Is a Termite Inspector Looking For?
A termite inspector will make a visual inspection of accessible areas of the interior and exterior of your home, particularly areas where the soil and wood meet. An inspector will look for
- Evidence of mud tubes termites use to travel between their colony and a source of wood
- Signs of insects and insect activity
- Structural damage including evidence of holes in wood and wood shavings
What Happens if Damage is Found?
Many times, termite damage can be located and treated before it becomes a bigger problem. If extensive damage is found, it can be grounds to halt the sale of a home.
Termite Inspections Protect Your Property
Termites and other wood-destroying insects can be a headache when you’re trying to buy or sell a home. A comprehensive termite inspection can place your mind at ease. Contact Home Inspector Chad Sims at Shore Inspection Services, LLC, for a quick inspection to detect any wood-destroying insects before they get established. Read more frequently asked questions on home inspections and see all the areas we serve along Maryland’s Eastern Shore.