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Should you buy a home with termite damage?

On Behalf of | Mar 21, 2023 | Real Estate |

New York residents in search of a new home may believe that termites are one of the few things that they do not need to worry about, but they should. Termites cause billions of dollars of property damage each year in America, and the burrowing pests can be found in every state. Home inspections are conducted before just about every home sale contract in New York because they are a good idea and lenders require them, and termite damage is one of the first things home inspectors look for.

Finding a house with termite damage

If you are in the market for a home in the New York metropolitan area, termite damage is something you should not ignore. According to the pest control company Terminix, New York is one of the 20 most infested area in the country. However, you should not pass on a house just because a home inspector discovered termite damage. The damage could be years old, or there may be an active infestation. When a home inspector finds termite damage, the next step you should take is calling in a pest-control expert.

Repairing termite damage

A professional who deals with pests for a living should be able to get to the bottom of a termite problem pretty quickly, and they could also tell you how to tackle it. If the infestation is not severe, termite treatment will probably cost less than $1,000. However, follow-up treatments may be needed to make sure that the termites are gone for good. If you find a home you love and the price is right, you should not let termites put you off making an offer and entering into a real estate transaction.

Find competent professionals

Termites can be found all over the United States, and New York is one of the country’s most infested areas. A termite problem can be resolved quickly and inexpensively, or it can become a nightmare that never ends. Knowing the difference between the two takes know-how and experience, which is why termite control is something that should be left to competent professionals.