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Written by Fernando Munoz
on February 23, 2021

There are a lot of factors that go into purchasing a home. In the beginning, you are focused on finding a house that fits your needs in an area that you like. Factors like purchase price and interest rates are top of mind. As you continue through the process, you will deal with things like finding a homeowner insurance provider, getting an inspection for the home, and waiting for results of the appraisal. With so many moving parts, it can feel like you do not have enough energy to deal with parts of the process that are considered optional. In some purchasing situations, getting a termite inspection is optional. You may be tempted to skip out on getting a termite inspection in favor of moving the process on more quickly. That is a big mistake! There are a number of hidden costs associated with skipping out on a termite inspection when you purchase a home. 

Costs to repair structural wood that has been damaged

Termites are often found under properties where they have easy access to structural wood. A large termite colony can cause widespread damage to the structural wood of your home. And, it can be difficult to notice their presence if you are not trained to spot signs of termite activity. Many people do not realize they have termites until the damage is so severe that it starts to show up in other areas of the house. Making repairs to the structural wood of your house can be very expensive. 

Costs to repair other areas of your home

Once termite damage gets to the place where you notice it in other areas of the house, it is likely severe and widespread. For example, serious damage to the foundational wood of your home can lead to cracks in your walls and doors that do not close properly. You cannot repair these issues until after to deal with the foundational repairs. Once you do get to these repairs, they can be costly and disruptive to your life. 

Reduced home value

Widespread termite damage can impact the value of your home. If you have termite damage but are unable to afford the repairs, the value of your home will be reduced. This means that if you decide to sell the home instead of making repairs, you will likely have to sell the house for less to account for the damage.  

Stress of dealing with a termite infestation and repairs

There is also an emotional cost that comes with dealing with a termite infestation and repairs. It can be exhausting to deal with all of the problems that come with having termites in your home and needing to make repairs. When you add that to all the change that comes with being a first-time homebuyer, there can be a high personal cost for skipping out on a termite infestation when you purchase a home. 

Make a commitment to getting a termite inspection when you purchase a home. Top-notch companies that provide termite treatment typically offer a termite inspection for free. If the home you want to buy is found to have termites, you can use that fact to help you decide if you want to continue with the purchase or use it as a negotiation tool. If you are purchasing a house in Santa Clara County or surrounding areas, give TAPS Termite a call to schedule your free termite inspection.

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