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When you buy a home, you get a home inspection to ensure that the home is in good condition and that no lingering problems are waiting for you. The home inspection helps you to know that you are making a good investment and that you aren’t going to have to make big repairs soon after you move in. When you sell a house, you know that this inspection is coming up, and you do everything you can to prepare your home for it.

What you might not be thinking about when you are buying or selling a home is getting a termite inspection in Arizona. Though not a common part of the home buying process, Gilbert termite inspections are very important because they can reveal the presence of termites or their damage, which can be extensive. Termite damage can undermine the structural integrity of your home, and that damage won’t be covered by your homeowner’s insurance. You need to know if a home you are considering buying is at risk.

Technician performing a termite inspection

Things Termite Inspections Include

You should hire a reputable termite control company in Gilbert to perform a termite inspection, or what is also known as a Wood Destroying Insect Report, or WDIR. The inspector will look for evidence of the presence of termites, which may include:

  • Mud tubes that are used by subterranean termites to travel
  • Soft wood, which may also sound hollow when tapped
  • Blistering paint or wood
  • Dark areas on wood
  • Discarded wings near doors and window sills
  • Small piles of feces, which may resemble stardust

Your inspector will look more closely if any of these signs are discovered. Your inspector will also note any damage that is found to the home in the report.

Check the Property for Hazards

Whether you are a seller trying to get your property ready or you are a buyer trying to evaluate a property, there are a few hazards you should look out for that could attract termites or indicate that termites may already be present.

Firewood should not be stacked against the home inside or out. It should be kept at least 20 feet away from the home and stored at least five inches off the ground.

Gutters should be clean of debris. Not only will this ensure that water flows freely through them and away from the home, but it also ensures that there is no organic material near the home that could be attracting termites. Remember that moist conditions also attract termites, so good drainage is essential.

Stumps should be removed, as these can attract termites. Mulch should not be used around the foundation of the home, unless it is made of an artificial material. Otherwise, it will attract termites right up to the home. Tree limbs and shrub branches should be trimmed so that they are not near the home or hanging over it. These can create a pathway for termites to the home.

If you are a homeowner looking to sell your property, make sure you tend to all this maintenance. You’ll ensure that your home does not attract termites, and you’ll reassure potential buyers that your home is a good investment. If you are a buyer, make sure you look out for these issues in any property you are considering. Then hire a good Gilbert pest control company to perform a thorough termite inspection. The money you spend will be well worth the peace of mind you will get. You want to ensure that any home you buy is free of these damaging pests. Otherwise, you’ll be looking at an expensive removal problem and expensive repairs.

Call Varsity Termite and Pest Control to schedule your termite inspection. Our experienced termite prevention specialists know how to find termites in any home, no matter how deeply they may be hidden. We will get to the bottom of an infestation if there is one, and we have the solutions to quickly remove the pests from the home. We also offer protective treatments that will prevent termites from getting into the home. If you are a new homeowner, you should invest in a barrier treatment right away. Call us in Phoenix today to schedule a termite inspection and consultant with one of our experts.

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Varsity Termite and Pest Control – Gary Dobert
6056 E Baseline Rd #122
Mesa, AZ85206

Office: 602-757-8252
Email: https://varsitytermiteandpestcontrol.com/

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Gary Dobert

Gary is the co-owner of Varsity Termite and Pest Control, a family owned and operated company in Arizona with over 21 years of experience. They specialize in termite and scorpion control services.

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