As a real estate agent, a big part of your job is to help the buyer’s you represent make the best possible home choice. This means that you need to know how to recognize signs of trouble at the properties you visit. For example, certain types of cracks in walls are an indication of foundation issues. You can also learn to recognize signs of water issues and roof damage. It is helpful to be able to point potential issues out to your clients so they can pay close attention to those areas during the inspection. You can also learn to recognize the signs of termites to serve you clients even better. Telltale signs of termites include the presence of swarmers, mud tubes, and damaged wood.
Swarmers are termites that can fly. These termites leave their colony in search of a place to establish a new colony. If you see swarmers near a property it can mean one of two things: the house is already infested and the swarmers are leaving from a colony at the property or that the swarmers are looking to establish a new colony nearby. Either way, the presence of swarmers near a property is a telltale sign of a potential termite issue that you need to be able to recognize.
Mud tubes are a sign that there has been or currently is a termite infestation at a property. These tubes provide termites protection as they move between the colony and their food source. Mud tubes are most often found underneath a house in the crawl space. It is unlikely that you will be spending a lot of time in crawl spaces while you are showing properties. But, there are times when mud tubes are visible on the outside of a property. If this does occur it is typically near the foundation of the property. If you notice mud tubes it is something you should point out to your clients so they can investigate the issue further.
There are a number of things that can lead to damaged wood on the properties. As a real estate agent it is beneficial for you to be able to recognize the root of the damage. Wood that has been damaged by termites may look wavy or like it has hollowed out areas. You can also tap or knock on the wood to see if it sounds hollow which is another potential sign of termite damage.
Learning the telltale signs of termite damage will help you serve your clients to the best of your ability. If you see any of these signs you should mention them to your clients so they have the opportunity to get a professional to look at the troubling areas.