When you are looking for the home of your dreams, you are not thinking of any pests that might be living within its rafters. That is, though, exactly what you should be thinking about before you sign on the dotted line. Once you sign that contract to purchase a home, it can be very difficult to get out of it. Make sure to protect yourself by having a home inspection performed by a company you can trust like Inspections Plus.
Pests Can be Big or Small
While termites are the typical pest that comes to mind when talking about your home, there are plenty of other creatures that could take up residence in a home. Rats, mice, carpenter ants and carpenter bees are just a few of the more common culprits. You will want to know about any potential issues with these pests before you move forward with a home purchase.
The Home Inspector's Job
When the home inspector arrives at the house, he is looking for tell-tale signs of a pest infestation -- along with other items as well. Rotting wood, droppings, casings and other evidence of pests means that further investigation is necessary to determine the extent of the damage. Hopefully, it is minor and able to be addressed by a liberal spraying of pesticides. In some cases, however, the damage could be extensive.
What Happens if the Inspection Finds Pests?
Just because pests are found, does not mean that you cannot buy the home though. There are a couple of options that you have at your disposal in this case. You can work with the homeowner and have them spray to eradicate the pests before you move forward with the sale. The other option is negotiating with the homeowner for a reduced price that takes into account your costs for addressing the pest issue. It is important to get a thorough estimate of the costs of fixing the damages before reaching an agreement.
Inspections Plus has more than 20 years of experience when it comes to inspecting Minneapolis-area homes. In addition to searching for possible pest infestations, they also look for structural damage, electrical issues and other items that might a home an unwise choice for a potential homeowner.