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Get a PPI Before You Buy

Are you about to buy a home in NSW? Obtaining a PPI (pre-purchase inspection) for termites isn’t expensive, but it could save you a small fortune. Termites are a substantial problem for home owners in and around Sydney and it’s an unfortunate fact for home buyers that a home can have thousands of dollars worth of termite damage that isn’t visible when the home is inspected.

When the cost of a pre-purchase termite inspection is only $250 for a visual or $500 for a Thermal Termite Inspection and you’re about to invest hundreds of thousands in a home, it’s difficult to justify not arranging one. Yet not everyone does, and occasionally the decision not to obtain a pre-purchase termite inspection will cost an unsuspecting purchaser a great deal of grief and a lot of money.

If you are unfortunate enough to purchase a home and discover that termites have caused several thousand dollars worth of damage, insurance won’t cover the cost, and the responsibility for repairing the home will be yours.

Why aren’t the sellers or agents responsible? Because when you purchase a home you’re given the opportunity of thoroughly inspecting it. You can also make your offer conditional on a satisfactory PPI, so if you elect not to do so, you’re agreeing to purchase the home in the condition it was in when you inspected it – and if that included termites, then they’re all yours too!

It’s easy to arrange an inspection for termites by calling your local termite expert but be sure to make it clear in any offer documents that your purchase is subject to the outcome of the inspection – your conveyancer or lawyer should be able to advise you on the appropriate offer wording.

Once you’re in your new home, it’s just as important to obtain regular pest inspections. Termites can enter the home and do substantial damage in just a few months, and because it is usually ‘subterranean’ termites that are involved, the chances are you won’t see them coming – they move underground, and use mud tunnels to enter your home. You’re unlikely to see them at work either – they hollow out the wood from the inside, so the exterior of the woodwork can appear perfectly intact.

Termites are capable of doing tens of thousands of dollars damage to the structure of a home, especially if they have attacked the roof structure, a wooden floor or piers.
A home owner who is selling their home may be completely unaware of termite damage – but it’s also not hard to imagine that in some instances, the discovery of termite damage a home owner cannot afford to repair may prompt an attempt to sell quickly. And unfortunately, it’s when we see a bargain that we’re most likely to act in haste, lest we miss out! Slow down, and insist on a PPI, in case it’s less of a bargain that it appears.

The cost of a pre-purchase pest inspection is a small price to pay to ensure that you won’t be caught out by termite damage. They’re inexpensive, easy to arrange, and can most often be done at relatively short notice so if you’re about to buy, call your termite expert today to arrange your PPI.

“Don’t get caught out by not having a PPI before purchasing your dream property. A PPI could save you from buying a termite infested home which then saves you multiple thousands of dollars in the long run.” – Bruce Gow

"We first used A1 Pest Control a few years ago when we noticed a few termites under a wine barrell in the rear yard of our home. We asked A1 Pest Control Sydney to pay us a visit to have a thorough termite inspection of our home. Bruce and his crew were on time, and very well presented. They explained how they would get rid of the termite infestation using a low toxic method and how their Thermal cameras worked, It worked very well and now we can sleep at night!"
Gary and Carol Harman
"We have been using Bruce form A1 Pest Control for over 4 years now. We bought our new house on the Hills Area, and moved in. our neighbours had problem with rodents and spiders so they are using A1 next door. I asked them if they could come over and treat our house too, as i didn't want to chase pest around our home. The service was not only effective, but carried out without any smelly fumes that we have experienced in our last house. They solved problem next door and I haven't seen a bug since."
Melissa Topper
"A1 Pest Control exterminators where great! I'm very happy to say that they solved a bed bug problem that I had after we had visitors from overseas visit us. I would recommend A1 Pest Control to anyone needing a safe and effective treatment of bed bugs"
Amanda Wu
"Bruce solved our commercial pest control problem in Castle Hill. Cockroaches were throughout our factory and they were completely gone after two visits from his exterminators. Just seeing one cockroach can lose us clients. I know now everyhing is ok, and our reputation is intact"
Raj Beri, Europa International
"Bruce from A1 Help us get rid of a bad spider infestation that have been troubling us for a while. It was done with low toxic spray and his crew even game me some cockroach and ant baits to get rid of them. I have recommended A1 to all my friends and family"
Carmel Thomas
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