Buying a new home is stressful enough; you don’t need to move into a house with roommates you have no intention of cohabiting with on top of it. Many home buyers struggle with pest inspections. Should they have them done or shouldn’t they? Contractor’s Best Pest Solution says yes because there are plenty of pests in Buford, GA, who would love to squat in your humble abode.
Things to Look For Yourself
You can look for signs of pest infestation yourself at open houses. You should never see bugs in great numbers inside or outside the home. You also shouldn’t see too many dead bugs laying around. If the home itself has openings around the doors and windows, bugs will consider them their entryways. You don’t want to see any cracks or gaps on the home’s exterior greater than 1/4-of-an-inch wide.
Visually inspect the yards, too. Look for ant hills in the ground and bee and wasp nests in the trees or under the eaves. Look for gopher holes, too, and don’t forget to look at any wood accents. If you notice wood shavings beneath wood fencing, for example, you might have termites. Understand that every home is going to have pests, but you shouldn’t see signs of infestations anywhere on the property.
Termites are a huge concern for any home buyer. They can cause extensive and expensive wood damage. If you suspect a home is infested with termites, it’s best to move on unless your heart is really set on the residence. Carpenter ants also cause wood damage, so if you notice signs of wood issues inside or outside the home, you might be dealing with termites or carpenter ants.
Parasitic pests such as bed bugs, fleas, and ticks are also something you never want in your home. Homes for sale with dogs and cats and large lawns are more prone to have fleas. Ticks are found outdoors, so look for brushy, moist yard areas where they might thrive. It’s almost impossible to see bed bugs with the naked eye, but they generally live in the furniture so they’re likely to move out with the home’s seller.
Cockroaches, mice, and rats are looking for food and shelter when they infest a home. Be a lookie-loo while you home shop and open up the pantries, cabinets and linen cupboards to see if there are signs of infestation. Things to look for include rodent droppings. If cockroaches are the problem, you’ll see them scatter. Listen, as well. You can hear rodents in the walls and attic if there is a huge problem.