Termite Inspections Are So Important

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Real Estate Agent with The Rockel Group 244520

Termite Inspections Are So Important

 

In North Carolina, termite inspection are so important to have done on a home you are planning on buying. If you are a VA buyer this is a mandatory inspection that your lender requires. If you already own your home and have been in it for some time, you should have a termite inspection done yearly if you don’t have it under contract with a local pest company already.


Termite Inspections

As a Realtor, I see the majority of termite reports from my clients homes come back with active termites,  previously infested termite, not active or an actual clean report with no termite issues. The last 10 termite inspection reports I received back showed 7 out of the 10 had active termites or previously infested termite, not active. WOW... right? Actually not really a big surprise as a Realtor, but can be alarming to a potential buyer or seller. Termites, if caught early and treated is not that big of a deal. I always have a talk about the termite inspection done on a home prior to getting the report back. This way it helps prepare the buyer or seller incase issues come up.

 

Fayetteville, NC and surrounding areas are very sandy and for some reason termites love our homes. It doesn't matter if your home was built 30 years ago, 10 years ago, 5 years ago or 1 year ago, termites don’t discrimination...I know, lucky us. The point I want you to know about termites in NC “it’s not if you have termites, it’s when you will get termites”. So make sure to keep up on this and protect one of your largest assets. It’s much cheaper to treat and inspection early,  then to find out before selling your home, that you home is infested and it will now cost you $600+ to correct it. Termite inspections can cost between $55-$85 and that’s money worth spending. That’s why termite inspections are so important.

 

If you're thinking of buying or selling a home in and around Fayetteville, NC, I would love to be the Realtor to assist you. I would love the opportunity to help educate about protecting your home. Call 910-583-3817, email or visit my website to search for homes.

 

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Ralph Janisch ABR CRS Broker
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I don't understand why people don't get a termite inspections. They're fast, they're not very expensive and they can save you hundreds if not thousands in the long run.
Mar 23, 2013 12:27 PM #1
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Debbie Reynolds
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Katrina, You are right, termites don't discriminate by age. New or old they just like to do their thing.

Mar 23, 2013 12:34 PM #2
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Kwee Huset
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Termite inspection is strong recommended. I agreed with Debbie, she is right on.

Mar 23, 2013 12:39 PM #3
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Florida Tolbert Team Keller Williams Advantage
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We are having some increased activity here in Florida as well but not 70%.  And of course we have as much or more sand than NC so maybe there is a correlation.

Mar 23, 2013 01:24 PM #4
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Tanya Ramos
Keller Williams Realty - Fayetteville, NC

Great info Katrina!

Mar 23, 2013 01:31 PM #5
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Mark Horan
Resident Team Realty, LLC & Toni's Property Management LLC - Saint Cloud, FL
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Katrina, There are two kinds of houses here in Central Florida, Houses that have termites, and houses that are going to get termites. As you stated, they can be controlled and banks other than VA don't even require the inspection anymore. My home is treated yearly and monitored quarterly. When they pop up, they poison them. Here is Central Florida there are 3 colonies per every acre. Preventive maintenance is key. Good post.

Mar 23, 2013 02:15 PM #6
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Melissa McKinney
McKinney Realty Group - Fayetteville, NC
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Katrina~ Termite inspections are very important! I am always calling my company and telling them to come early!! 

Mar 23, 2013 03:55 PM #7
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Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
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The cost of the inspection is a small price for peace of mind and knowledge of what might be a problem. Great blog.

Mar 24, 2013 04:36 AM #8
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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
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All of our contracts have a required Wood Destroying Inspect (aka termite) requirement.  The only time they are waived are in condo buildings for units above the first floor.  I've had more issues with carpenter bees than termites.

Mar 24, 2013 09:17 AM #9
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Katrina Rockel
The Rockel Group - Fayetteville, NC

I know Jeanne, it's one of the easiest inspections to have done.

Yes Debbie & Kwee, they do their thing where ever and whenever

Kevin, you do have more sand than us in NC, maybe it's due to our pine trees? Who knows

Thanks Tanya and Melissa for reading my blog

Wow Mark, 3 colonies every acre, that's a lot. Prevention!

Thanks Debbie and yes the upfront cost is worth it

Cindy, I seldom get  a client that does not get a termite inspection. I have only had a few carpenter bee issues and those were on log homes.

Mar 24, 2013 11:05 AM #10
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.346.1799 - Austin, TX
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Hi Katrina,

We live on a bed of termites in Austin..it's not if you have termites it's when!! The chances are good you will attract them but are easily taken care of..worth the investment for sure.

Mar 24, 2013 12:14 PM #11
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Katrina Rockel
The Rockel Group - Fayetteville, NC

Same here Dorie. Sometime attraction is not always great :)

Mar 24, 2013 12:46 PM #12
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