Termite Home Inspection

Article authored by Bruce Gow

Regular Termite Home Inspection Can Save You Money

‘”Are termite inspections really worth the cost?’ This is a question I’ve come across often during my many years doing pest control work. And the answer is always ‘yes’. Regular termite inspections can save you thousands in the long rung, prevention is much better than a cure when it comes to termites.” – Bruce Gow

Is it time you scheduled a termite home inspection? In Australia, a termite home inspection generally costs between $200 and $350 for the average suburban home. The cost includes a physical inspection and a termite home inspection report that indicates the areas inspected, whether or not active termites or termite damage was seen, and recommended actions.

If you haven’t experienced an infestation of termites, it’s easy to become a bit complacent about having a regular termite home inspection. Not having a termite home inspection could end up costing you thousands if termites are present, and it can happen in a very short period of time.

When you should have a termite home inspection

Generally, if you own a home you should have a termite home inspection yearly however, if you live in the warmer areas of Australia, or in a suburb that has a significant problem with termites, you may need to have two per year. Skipping a termite home inspection or putting it off for even a few months may cost you dearly if termites have become active in your home since your last termite home inspection as termites can cause significant damage in just a few months.

A termite home inspection should also be carried out when purchasing a home. A home infested with termites can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair. Seek the advice of your lawyer or conveyancer so that any offer of purchase is made subject to a satisfactory termite home inspection report. If you purchase a home without obtaining a termite home inspection, and the home is infested, the cost of repair will be yours to bear.

Why have a regular termite home inspection?

Having an annual or twice yearly termite home inspection won’t, on its own, prevent termites entering your home. What it will do is give you the opportunity to detect the presence of termites early, whether they are at the fence line or already in the home.

Your termite home inspection report

A termite home inspection report is usually prepared by a licensed pest controller with timber pest management qualifications after an examination of your home. The termite home inspection report should indicate which areas of the home were inspected and mention any areas that were inaccessible. Old termite damage as well as any evidence of current termite activity should also be mentioned in the termite home inspection report.

A good termite home inspection report will also contain recommendations (if appropriate) as to steps you can take that may make future infestation less likely. Naturally, if an infestation is found, a recommendation for treatment will also be included.

A termite home inspection is a small expense when you consider the potential consequences of a termite infestation. When a future termite home inspection reveals an infestation, or you discover them yourself, it’s likely you’ll be required to spend $2000 – 5000 on termite treatment to remove the termites and prevent further damage. Damage done may require repair, and that might be even more costly. A regular termite home inspection could save you a considerable sum.

This Can Save You Money

Is it time you scheduled a termite home inspection? In Australia, a termite home inspection generally costs between $150 and $300 for the average suburban home. The cost includes a physical inspection and a termite home inspection report that indicates the areas inspected, whether or not active termites or termite damage was seen, and recommended actions.

If you haven’t experienced an infestation of termites, it’s easy to become a bit complacent about having a regular termite home inspection. Not having a termite home inspection could end up costing you thousands if termites are present, and it can happen in a very short period of time.

When you should have a termite home inspection

Generally, if you own a home you should have a termite home inspection yearly however, if you live in the warmer areas of Australia, or in a suburb that has a significant problem with termites, you may need to have two per year. Skipping a termite home inspection or putting it off for even a few months may cost you dearly if termites have become active in your home since your last termite home inspection as termites can cause significant damage in just a few months.

A termite home inspection should also be carried out when purchasing a home. A home infested with termites can cost tens of thousands of dollars to repair. Seek the advice of your lawyer or conveyancer so that any offer of purchase is made subject to a satisfactory termite home inspection report. If you purchase a home without obtaining a termite home inspection, and the home is infested, the cost of repair will be yours to bear.

Why have a regular termite home inspection?

Having an annual or twice yearly termite home inspection won’t, on its own, prevent termites entering your home. What it will do is give you the opportunity to detect the presence of termites early, whether they are at the fence line or already in the home.

Your termite home inspection report?

A termite home inspection report is usually prepared by a licensed pest controller with timber pest management qualifications after an examination of your home. The termite home inspection report should indicate which areas of the home were inspected and mention any areas that were inaccessible. Old termite damage as well as any evidence of current termite activity should also be mentioned in the termite home inspection report.

A good termite home inspection report will also contain recommendations (if appropriate) as to steps you can take that may make future infestation less likely. Naturally, if an infestation is found, a recommendation for treatment will also be included.

A termite home inspection is a small expense when you consider the potential consequences of a termite infestation. When a future termite home inspection reveals an infestation, or you discover them yourself, it’s likely you’ll be required to spend $2000 – $5000 on termite treatment to remove the termites and prevent further damage. Damage done may require repair, and that might be even more costly. A regular termite home inspection could save you a considerable sum.