4 Pest Problems to Investigate When Buying a New Home
Browsing homes for sale when you are ready to buy is fun and exciting as you look for your new home. However, during your walk-through and discussions with the realtor, don’t forget to ask about possible pest infestations. Some insects and animals can be very destructive, and even if the house is in good condition now, it might not stay that way if pests are living in the house or on the property. Here are some common issues to consider.
1. Beware of Termites
Many old and new houses have termites, and the problem can be treated by a professional exterminator. However, when touring homes for sale, ask whether there has been past problems with termites, and if so, whether the problem was successfully treated. Some homeowners will sign a contract with the exterminator for annual or semiannual treatments to keep the termites away, and they will inspect the home for signs of the insects since the last treatment. The contract may be transferrable with the sale of the property, so find out before you sign the purchase agreement.
2. Get a Professional Inspection for Other Insects
Roaches, ants, bedbugs, and other colonizing insects may be present in the home you are interested in buying. Ask if a professional inspection has been made recently. If not, you can probably arrange to have one done after signing a sales agreement if you decide to buy the property, but you will have to pay for the inspection. If insect problems are found, you may be able to get out of the sales contract or have it contingent on the seller providing adequate treatment to clear up the insect issue. You may find it useful to visit Calgary Homes for more information.
3. Check for Rodents
Sometimes walking through an available house on the market, you can spot mice tracks, or droppings, as evidence of their presence. You might see a mousetrap set somewhere as well. Ask the realtor about previous rodent infestation in the house, including the attic and basement, and outdoors near the garage or around the lawn. If a problem is noted, it should be addressed before you finalize the purchase.
4. Ask About Other Invaders
Raccoons sometimes burrow into your home under the roof and into the attic. They can be difficult to get rid of, because once evicted, they sometimes try to return and create another entrance if the first is boarded up. Bats in the attic or chimney are also problematic, as well as bees, hornets, wasps, or carpenter ants. A thorough professional home inspection can typically find evidence of these infestations and advise you accordingly.
Make sure the home you wish to buy is free and clear of pests. Have it inspected for signs of animal or insects.