Are you planning on buying a home? It’s a thrilling, exhausting and at times anxiety provoking time. There’s so much to consider. You go along to inspections, and look over everything with a fine tooth comb. But could you be investing in a potential disaster? Imagine moving into your new property only to find it is already home to a colony of pests! Nobody needs any added stress on top of moving house. That’s why we’ve come up with five compelling reasons to complete a pre-purchase pest inspection.

It’s The Biggest Purchase You’ll Ever Make

Buying a home is without a doubt the most money you’ll ever spend in your life. It’s therefore highly important that you know exactly what you’re buying. You’re going to want to consult the pest control professionals prior to bidding or making an offer to a private seller. A pre-purchase inspection will identify any timber under attack and also any conditions ripe for timber pests. This means you can make an informed choice whether or not to go ahead with the purchase.

It Could Save You A Lot of Money

Imagine settling on a home, getting your finances sorted and moving in only to discover a pest infestation. You can’t just ignore timber pests and hope that they’ll go away. Left unchecked, they can wreak chaos on the structural integrity of your home. Treating termites and other wood-loving pests can cost between two and five thousand dollars. That’s a substantial sum that you could spend in a hundred better ways. While it may cost you some money to complete a pre-purchase pest inspection, the sum pales in comparison to how much you’ll spend on removing any pests that are already calling your new place home.

Stress is Bad For You

Too much stress is harmful to your mind, body and spirit. As well as the financial impact mentioned above, dealing with a pest infestation will create unnecessary stress. You want to minimise stress while house-hunting and house-moving, not increase it! A pre-purchase pest inspection can serve to give you peace of mind, if nothing else. And we think that peace of mind is priceless.

Even If There Are No Pests…

Even if your pre-purchase pest inspection detects no termites, a professional pest inspector will still be able to determine if your potential purchase has conditions which are conducive to their breeding. This is important. Just because there are no pests currently, the property you’re interested in may still get an infestation. This means you can make an informed decision. You have the option of either buying the property and taking the steps necessary to prevent an outbreak, or shopping elsewhere.

A Pre-Purchase Inspection Can Detect More Than Pests

A professional pest inspector will be able to report on more than just pests. They should be able to determine the condition of the timber in the property, and if any wear and tear or rot is taking place. Then it’s up to you what you do. Like we mentioned above, you could invest in the property knowing there’s a bit of work to do and money to spend, or you could look elsewhere for a property that doesn’t have any issues with its timber.

To sum up, it’s well worth investing in a pre-purchase pest inspection. You don’t want to move into a termite ridden property. An inspection can detect if there are any issues with the timber or if your potential property is at risk of pests. Also, you’ll save thousands of dollars on pest treatment, and have peace of mind. Why would you choose not to get one after all that?

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