In our area of the south, there is a little saying of “it isn’t if you have termites, but when you will have termites.” Termites are an ever present reality of being a homeowner in Tennessee. But should you be afraid of buying a house with termite damage?
The answer to that question is, “It depends.”
When You Should Not Worry About Buying A House With Termite Damage
Termites will find their way into any home that is left unchecked and untreated. But when damage is discovered early on the damage to a home can be minimal. Techniques for treatment these days are highly effective and can remove these pests from further damaging a home.
A little list to keep in mind that should give comfort that a home is a safer buy.
- Observable termite damage is inactive and isolated. If the damage you find shows signs of termites, but there are not any active termites then often times you can find out that the house has been treated for that initial problem. If the damage is isolated then you can move forward knowing the house is in good shape.
- Termite damage is not at critical parts of the home. Termites do not discriminate what part of the house they feed on. They can eat on a porch, floor joists, siding, and/or stud walls. Have a house inspector give you some determination if the termite damaged area is load bearing, or compromised so much that is risks collapse. If the damage is compromising, but not active then work with a contractor on the possibilities of fixing that area before buying.
- Have a thorough inspection when termite damage is found. Termites can find their way into some difficult to observe spots in a home. If you suspect damage it is prudent to see about getting an even more thorough inspection of the house. The last thing you want is more surprises.
- Termites are active in the house but treatable. Termites are a part of life down here. So sometimes there is that perfect home but they are occupying it right now. This is when you want to bring out some termite exterminators to put together a plan to get rid of the current termite problem. If there is not a clear plan that can get rid of the termites where you feel comfortable, then you may want to walk away.
- The home has ongoing pest protection. If the house has had ongoing pest protection from a reputable company then you can take comfort that there are some guarantees in place for prevention and fixing possible problems. It also reflects a homeowner that takes the condition of their home seriously.
So When Should Termite Damage to a House Prevent You From Buying?
- If you do not have the stomach for fixing up a house then you will probably want to stay away from a termite damaged home. This is not because the home cannot be fixed, but why put yourself through the stress if you do not have to.
- If an inspection shows active termite damage and you cannot get an accurate view as to how long they have been invading the home then it is safe to assume they are occupying more of the home. The longer a termite infestation remains unchecked gives more opportunity for them to do serious damage to a home.
- If termite damage is spread in various part of the house. A yard may contain a few termite colonies. If termite damage is showing up at multiple spots around the house then you have a cause for concern. It is not a reason to never buy a home, but you will want to do some serious homework and consultations with experts as to the extent of the damage. But multiple spots show possible colonies in a number of areas of the yard which can indicate that the home is ‘under attack’ from all over.
Termite damage is not the death blow to buying a home, but it is a signal that you want to do your due diligence to know what you are getting into. Going through this extra work will also provide for you a plan to ensure your home is well protected.
If you are buying a home in the Sevierville, Knoxville, or the surrounding areas we would be excited help you in buying your new home by providing a thorough termite inspection. Contact us today!!