What exactly is a pest inspection? Are you confused about the difference between a pre-pest inspection and a regular inspection? Do you think a pre-home inspection will hurt your chances of buying or selling your home? Here’s what you need to know:
A pre-home inspection is different from a standard pest inspection in a few ways. First, it is worth noting that pre-pest control inspections aren’t a substitute for a standard pest inspection. Second, fixing existing pest infestation can often be quite expensive, making evidence of pest issues quite a strong bargaining tool when selling a home. In short, pre-homeowners who are already dealing with existing infestations will be very hesitant to replace or fix their existing pest control problems.
When you call a pest control company to come out and inspect your home for potential pests, you don’t always get an upfront cost estimate for the work. Most companies will offer an estimate on a case by case basis. This means that you might be charged a flat fee plus an additional fee for additional treatment options. Some companies also charge additional for their services in dealing with structural issues such as ceiling cracks. So it’s important to ask what services will be included in the estimate and for how much they’ll cost.
The second way a pest inspection differs from a regular check-up is that you aren’t obligated to take the advice of the inspector once you sign off on the results (which is why a pest inspection is usually paid for by the seller). Homebuyers beware! Just because you’re not required to pay for an inspection doesn’t mean you should take any inspector’s word for it. Remember, these folks earn their money based on the sale price of your home; not the opinion of the home buyer.
The third way in which an inspection differs from an annual visit is the likelihood that some pests won’t be found. In most areas of the country, a pest inspection includes periodic inspections within a certain time frame. It’s likely that most sellers have already had at least one of their homes inspected and know what needs to be fixed if there are visible signs of pests. Buyers need to do their own research and make sure that they aren’t buying an infested home.
The last difference between an annual and pest inspection includes the possible possibility of some non-invasive methods being recommended by the inspector. Some pest inspectors are open to the use of chemicals, heat, water, and traps. Other inspectors are not. If this is the case, the buyer should inquire about the methods being considered before signing a contract.