There are some home maintenance tasks that you can get away with skipping out on without too many consequences. If you do not clean your walkways or weed your garden, the exterior of your home will look unkempt but will not experience significant damage. There are other home care tasks that you cannot skip out on without experiencing long-term consequences. One of these tasks is termite prevention. Skipping out on termite prevention will leave you with long-term consequences like a termite infestation, termite damage, reduction in your home value, and a drain on your time and money.
If you skip out on regular termite prevention you risk developing a termite infestation in your home. An infestation does not grow overnight – it is a gradual process. When you have a large infestation, it is an indication that termites have been active on your property for a while. Termites are present in almost every state which means that the vast majority of properties in the US are at risk for a termite infestation. You cannot eliminate your risk for developing a termite infestation but you can significantly reduce your chances of getting one with proactive prevention measures.
Termite damage is the element of having a termite infestation that people fear. Termites do not seem like much of a threat when you see one up close. The reality is that one termite on its own will not do much damage to your property. Unfortunately, termites do not hang out alone. Termite colonies can get very large and eat on the wood of your house around the clock. Termite damage can be primary – a damaged piece of wood – or secondary – an uneven foundation because damaged framing can no longer effectively hold the weight of the house. Termite damage is a long-term consequence of skipping out on termite prevention efforts.
Reduction in your home value
Hearing that a house has termites or termite damage can be scary for potential buyers if you ever decide to sell. A skilled inspector will be able to tell if you have termite damage and even recognize areas that have been repaired. Significant termite damage can reduce the value of your home and may even make it more difficult to sell.
Wasting time and money
Another long-term consequence of skipping out on termite prevention is that you will waste time and money. Dealing with termite damage can be time-consuming and expensive. It is much quicker and cheaper to invest in routine preventative services than to wait and deal with termite damage when it shows up.
There are a number of long-term consequences associated with skipping out on termite prevention. It can seem like a hassle in the present to have your home inspected and to invest in termite monitoring and prevention. Remember, it is much easier to prevent termites than to deal with the aftermath of an infestation.