Termite inspections are a necessary inspection required by many states in the home sale process. If a home has termites, they can create significant damage and even destroy a home if left untreated.

In fact, if you notice evidence of termites, there’s a good chance the infestation is already quite advanced.

If you have any worries at all about termites in home, the best course of action is to locate a pest control or termite inspection so that you are aware of the full extent of the problem. Of course, pest inspections are an important part of the overall inspection process, so make sure you hire an expert in the field:

  1. Check out online or yellow page listings under Pest Control for a licensed, bonded inspector. Your real estate agent can also be helpful in location a company for you.
  2. Request estimates for the inspection cost and compare rates.
  3. Make sure that you get a copy of the inspection report and course of action needed before signing any contract papers.


Buying or selling a home usually requires a clear pest control report. The inspector looks for termite infestation as well as other pest infestation, plumbing leaks, obvious roof leaks, dry rot and water damage. Make sure that all areas of the home are accessible for the inspector. Try to stick with companies that do inspection and treatment only – and leave any wood repair to carpenters or contractors.

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