A professional termite inspection is the most effective way to determine if you have a termite infestation. An inspection will let you know if you have an active infestation or if there are signs of a previous infestation. In addition, an inspection can let you know if there is currently any termite damage. The inspector will also let you know if there is any current termite damage to your property. Once the inspection is complete, you will get a report that outlines the recommended next steps for treatment or continued protection. When it is time for your professional termite inspection you will need to take a few steps to get your home ready.
Unlock all structures around your home
Your house is the primary structure that the inspector will examine for signs of termite activity. However, other structures around your property - such as a shed or detached garage – will also need to be inspected. If another structure on your property is infested with termites your home will be at an increased risk. Be sure and provide the termite pro with access to these additional structures during the inspection.
Make arrangements for your pets
You may have the sweetest pet in the world but it is best to secure him or her during your termite inspection. The inspector will need to be able to move around your property freely and pets can make that difficult. The inspector will spend time looking around both the interior and exterior of your home so use that information to make appropriate arrangements for your pets.
Note the location of your crawlspace and attic access
The termite inspector will need access to your crawlspace (if you have one) and your attic. Some homes have small crawlspace access areas that are in inconspicuous areas of the home. Because of this, some homeowners do not know where the crawlspace access is located. Take a few minutes before your inspection to locate any areas where the inspector can access your crawlspace. The same is true for attic access – especially in older homes. Attic access may be inside, in the garage, or outside under a carport. Knowing where the access is located will allow you to quickly direct the inspector to the areas that he or she needs to access.
Make it easy for the inspector to move around
Once you identify the locations of the crawlspace and attic access, make sure that they are cleared for the inspector. Remove any items that are blocking easy access to these areas. If an area is inaccessible because you have items stored in front of it the inspector will not be able to do a thorough examination of the condition of your home.
Getting ready for a professional termite inspection should not take a lot of time. Following the four steps listed above will help you prepare for a termite inspection and allow everything to go smoothly on inspection day. If you are ready to schedule your inspection, get in touch with the pros at TAPS Termite.