If you’re in the market for a new home, one of the most important things you can do before you buy it is have it professionally inspected for pests (especially termites). A pest inspection will not only make sure the home is safe for you to live in, but will make sure you won’t be stuck with a huge pest removal bill after you move in.
Regular Inspections vs. Pest Inspections
Regular home inspections are performed to make sure the home’s foundation, roof, walls, floors, windows, and doors are all well-structured and systems like plumbing, electrical, and HVAC are working correctly. A pest inspection, however, is a more thorough inspection that looks for signs of infestations and wood damage. Some home inspectors are also licensed pest inspectors, but will often charge you double for their time, so it’s better to turn to a trusted pest control company (like us!).
What Is Looked For
When a pest expert inspects the house you’re considering, they will look primarily for termites, which cause billions of dollars in property damage every year and are hard to detect with a naked eye. They’ll also look for other pests like roaches, spiders, and ants, which may also be hard to detect, given you haven’t spent much time in the home.
At the end of the inspection, you should receive a written report stating whether or not any pests were detected and what actions should be taken if there were. Once you buy the home, it’s recommended that you set up an annual inspection to make sure your house stays free from pests.
If you’re considering a home in South Carolina and need to schedule a pest inspection, contact our Columbia or Charleston pest control office today. We’ll send one of our experts to perform a thorough examination.