Termites are not picky eaters - they can cause an incredible amount of damage to your home, commercial property, crops, and just about any other structure containing something they can munch on. It’s estimated that termites cause about $30 billion dollars total in damages each year, and that individual homeowners spend around $3000 due to termite infestations. If you have property damage due to an infestation, here’s a simple process to streamline your termite damage repairs:
- Call a termite control professional.
This is, by far, the most important step. Complete termite extermination is necessary for any of the following steps to be lasting and effective. If a termite is left behind, any repairs you make will be subject to the same situation that caused the damage in the first place. A termite pro should do a full inspection of the property after completing the treatment to ensure that there are no termites present in the structure. Once you are sure the root cause of the damage has been resolved, you can move on to the next step.
- Gather estimates.
With termites causing so much damage and financial loss, there are many unscrupulous business people that will take advantage of a homeowner in crisis who needs repairs after the devastation a termite infestation can bring. Although it can be tempting to just get the repairs done as soon as possible, take your time – gather multiple bids on each project (three bids is ideal). This will allow you to compare the financial cost as well as have in writing exactly what is proposed and included in the estimate. If you’re the type that likes the challenge of bargaining for a great deal, having multiple bids may give you leverage to negotiate between your various prospects.
- Make the repairs.
Once you’re sure you have the right person contracted at the right price, it’s time to get it done! This is the rewarding step, the one that will get you that much closer to “normal” after the stress caused by a termite infestation.
- Prevent recurrences.
Once the damage has been repaired, talk to your termite pro about the best way to prevent recurrences. Make sure there are no areas of your home or yard that are still susceptible or “inviting” for those little pests to make their way back onto the property. Preventative maintenance and actions may be recommended over the long run to ensure you never have to deal with another termite infestation again.
A termite infestation can bring chaos and a lot of unwanted hassle to your life. It can be difficult to know where to begin and what the process is for termite damage repairs…be sure to follow these steps (in order!) to get your property and life back to normal as quickly and affordably as possible. If you have termite damage to a property in the San Jose, CA area, TAPS Termite provides termite control services and will gladly help provide reasonable estimates for termite damage repair.