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Written by Tim Denner
on June 11, 2019

As a real estate agent a big part of your job is to educate your clients about topics relevant to the process of buying or selling a home. One of the important topics that your clients may require help understanding is the danger of termites. If you have clients who have never dealt with a termite infestation before they may not understand why a termite inspection is essential. You can help your real estate clients understand the danger of termites by discussing the property’s susceptibility to an infestation, the level of damage they can cause, and how difficult they can be to eradicate.

The property’s susceptibility to getting an infestation

Termite infestations may seem like something that happens to other people. Your clients may believe that their property is somehow immune to getting termites. The reality is that all homes are susceptible to termite infestations because of how termites behave. There is a type of termite that lives in the colony called a swarmer. At a certain time of year, the swarmers leave the colony in search of a new place to establish a colony. This new place could be any property they encounter-including the shiny new home your clients want to buy. There are steps that can be taken to prevent termites once your client owns the property. But, it is important to understand that any property-no matter how new or well built-could be at risk for a termite infestation. This knowledge can open your clients’ minds about the importance of a termite inspection on any property they consider.

Level of damage termites can cause

Termites can cause extensive damage to a home. A colony of termites can silently eat away at wood twenty-four hours a day. The areas where termites are active are typically out of sight which makes it difficult to detect them until the damage is widespread. Two of the most common areas of a house that termites infest are underneath the property and inside the walls. The structural wood in these areas is prime food for termites. The costs to repair structural elements of a property can be very high. Discussing the level of damage termites can cause and the associated repair costs with your clients can help them understand the dangers of getting into a property without knowing if it is infested.  

Difficulty of eradicating termites

You can also help your clients understand the danger of termites by discussing options for eradication. There are DIY termite treatment options on the market for termites. These methods are often attractive to first time homebuyers who are looking to save money wherever possible. But, termites are extremely difficult to eradicate without the help of a professional. They are often in hard to reach places and may be impossible to get to without specialized equipment. In order to ensure complete eradication your clients should understand the value of professional termite extermination that comes with a guarantee. In the long run, low cost DIY treatment methods will cost more if some of the termites remain and continue to cause damage.

If your clients want even more information on the dangers of termites point them to the TAPS Termite blog. They will find helpful and detailed posts about termite damage, treatment options, and tips on protecting their home once they make a purchase.

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