If you are getting ready to buy a house, you should be scheduling a thorough pest inspection. While regular home inspections may include some basic checks for wood destroying insects, most home inspectors do not have the experience or knowledge needed to really look for pests, and it isn’t even part of their expected protocol. A pre-closing pest inspection gives you a chance to find out about any major problems before you sign your name on the final line. It is also a chance for you to ask the seller to rectify problems that are discovered or to adjust the terms of the sale prior to closing.
During a professional pest inspection, you can expect the following:
- Careful inspection of the property: Both the exterior and interior will be thoroughly examined, including the crawlspace and attic if present. During the inspection, any signs of infestation or damage will be noted, as well as possible areas that are prone to infestation.
- Documentation of findings: Photographs and written notes will be made about any evidence of pests found, including mud tubes, piles of insect wings, damaged or moist wood, broken or bubbled paint, gnawed wiring and animal droppings. Common problems include bed bugs, rats and mice, cockroaches, fleas and wood destroying insects like termites, powder post beetles and carpenter ants.
- A full written report: Once the inspection is complete and the evidence is documented, you will receive a report. This may include advice about current problems in the property as well as suggestions of regular pest control measures you can take and preventative measures to consider.