Quick Answer: Do Home Inspectors Check For Termites?

Your basic Home Inspection – Hire a qualified home inspector who will do an inspection of the structural condition of the home including electrical, HVAC, plumbing, roofing.

They will test appliances and look under sinks for leaks.

This inspection is more commonly referred to as a termite inspection.

How do you inspect a house for termites?



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How do inspectors test for termites?

A typical termite inspection begins with a visual examination. We first inspect all the accessible external areas of the property. This includes fences, wall edges, the slab edge, decks, steps, landscaping timbers, retaining walls, stumps and any other areas that are in direct contact with the ground.

Do lenders require a termite inspection?

Lenders — You already know that lenders may require homeowner’s insurance, which — in turn — usually necessitates a termite inspection. But even if they don’t require homeowner’s insurance, most lenders still require inspections. The FHA requires a termite inspection.

How do you tell if you have termites in your walls?

Common signs of termite damage to a wall include:

  • Small pin holes, where termites have eaten through the paper coating on drywall and/or wallpaper.
  • Faint ‘lines’ on drywall.
  • A hollow sound when you tap on the wall.
  • Bubbling or peeling paint.
  • Baseboards that crumble under slight pressure.
  • Jammed doors or windows.

How do you tell if termites are active in your house?

Keep an eye out for the following signs of termite activity:

  1. Discolored or drooping drywall.
  2. Peeling paint that resembles water damage.
  3. Wood that sounds hollow when tapped.
  4. Small, pinpoint holes in drywall.
  5. Buckling wooden or laminate floor boards.
  6. Tiles loosening from the added moisture termites can introduce to your floor.

How much does it cost to treat a house for termites?

Most homeowners pay $556 for the average termite treatment or typically $220 and $904. Large infestations or complicated processes, like fumigation with tenting, may cost $1,200 to $2,500 or more.

How long do termite inspections last?

approximately 30 to 45 minutes

Can I get rid of termites on my own?

The best way to kill termites with boric acid is to use bait stations. Coat or spray wood (or another cellulose material) evenly with boric acid. Plant the boric acid bait in the garden near your house or in an open infestation. Check on the bait station regularly and replenish it with boric acid as needed.