What Homebuyers and Sellers Should Know About Termite Inspections

termitesDo you think about selling your home to make way for newer pastures?

There are many forms to fill out when you want to leave the house that you live in.

A small amount of the paperwork also includes a list containing all of the inspections that your home must pass including termite inspection.

Before you sell your home, inspect it.

Radon Inspection

What do you know about radon?

There is a good chance that you don’t have radon in your home. However, this colorless and odorless gas can pose a serious threat to your health. The risk of developing lung cancer or other respiratory diseases in areas that have high levels of radon significantly increases.

A radon test will also include testing the soil for uranium and checking if the gas is in the house.

Buyer’s Inspection

Buyers will not purchase a home until they have been approved by an inspector.

The inspection will include structural and mechanical soundness as well as inspections of the roof, plumbing and HVAC systems. You, as a seller should allow this inspection to be completed and let the inspector or real estate agent handle it.

Termite Inspection

Although it’s not ideal to have a home rife with pests, it can be solved. A home rife with termites can be a problem, but it is not a horse of another colour!

A letter from a pest control company must be signed by homeowners certifying that the home is free of termites. After the inspection is complete, you can begin the selling process.

If termites are found, contact a pest control company to discuss a solution.

Termite Inspection Requirements for Selling Real Estate

A termite inspection is required before a real estate transaction can be closed. This inspection is done to protect the buyer’s rights and ensure they aren’t tricked into buying something they don’t know.

Here are the contents of a typical termite inspection:

Pest control Myrtle Beach professionals will inspect your entire home, including crawlspace and attic areas. These areas are often infested by termites. A pest infestation may still be present despite obvious signs. The inspector will need to inspect for visible wood damage.

History of Infestation

A inspector doesn’t only look for current infestations, but also looks for past infestations. Old exit holes and wood that has been treated but not repaired could be signs. Even if there is no evidence of an infestation, all information should be provided.

Out of sight

Some areas of a house may not be accessible so they won’t be inspected. The inspector will list any area that cannot be inspected. They are considered inaccessible if they are too cluttered or blocked with large furniture.

Removal of the Termite Infestation


The house is infested by termites.

Although there is no evidence of an infestation in the house, there are signs that something is wrong underground.

Although the house was treated for termites, it could still be infested.

For the sale of real property, termite inspections must be performed by law. If you are looking to purchase or sell a house, it is advisable to have a good understanding of the process.

What Homebuyers Should Pay Attention To During a House Tour

Buying a house is one of the most thrilling and terrifying decisions you will make in your life. This is a major decision in your life and you should consider many things before you sign the papers.

You will be taking dozens of house tours, so make sure to keep an eye out… for pest infestations!

Find Random Spots

Let’s face it, all animals produce fecal material. The same applies to pests hiding in a house. You should be on the lookout for fecal matter throughout your house. It can range from tiny specks to small pebbles.

Signs of bedbug infestations in a home will include small red marks near the beds, furniture and electrical outlets.

Termites can create small mud tubes and shed their wings, creating messy creatures!

Illuminate Dark Areas

Bring a flashlight with you on every house tour. This will enable you to see dark areas such as crawl spaces, basements, under cabinets, or behind walls.

Pests love dark and moist environments so it is important to shine light where they aren’t normally visible.

Let Your Nose Do the Seeing

It is important to keep an eye on pests, but it is equally important to be alert for unpleasant odors. Pest infestations such as termites, rodents and cockroaches all have their own unique smell.

This smell is often musty, oily or downright unpleasant. Take a deep, exhale and smell the air in each room.

It’s exciting to tour a house you might end up purchasing. But be careful of trouble signs. We can help you if you are looking to purchase a house or have moved in and need to inspect it for pests.

Call Zap Pest Control Inc. if you need help in getting rid of pests from your home.

Zap Pest Control Inc.
2507 Forestbrook Rd Suite G
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Areas Served: Surfside Beach SCCarolina Forest SC, Conway SC, Little River SC, North Myrtle Beach SC, Socastee SC, Myrtle Beach SC

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