When buying a home, it is wise to have a home inspection and appraisal done. Your lender may require only the appraisal, but a home inspection gives information regarding the property you plan to buy. There is one document that mortgage underwriters often need. It is a termite inspection report. They understand that these wood-boring insects will quickly affect the condition of a beautiful home, reducing the asset’s value. Hiring an experienced pest control company is your golden ticket to a termite-free home. However, what do you do with the termite inspection report they give you with all the information about your Alameda home? Understanding what the document tells you gives you better insight and control over what happens next.
What Your Termite Inspection Report May Tell You
Once a licensed technician arrives at your home, they look over everything with a fine-toothed comb. They keep their eyes out for visual indicators like wood dust or tree damage. They also look for loose boards, bubbling paint, and wings. All the information is noted and presented to you and your lender with their findings and remediation recommendations if needed. As you review the piece of paper handed to you, you can expect to find the following:
1. Standardized form: Most termite control companies use a standardized form because the governing board that oversees them gives direct and specific guidelines. They require a lot of information, making them challenging to navigate. On the other hand, because they are standardized, you can get answers to about 80% of your questions.
2. Project information. Starting from the top, you will find the address of your property, followed by the contact information of the company conducting the inspection. This line information lists not only the company address and telephone number but also the company’s license number. Finally, there should be a report number associated with your termite inspection in Alameda. This number changes with each new report.
3. Contact information. The following section includes the contact information. The first box in the area tells you who ordered the inspection. The next box indicates the property owner or contact information of the current resident. The third box shows where and whom the report should be sent to.
4. Limitations of the report. The following line indicates if the report is complete, limited, or supplemental. This information is vital to the progress of the property’s sale. If it is marked as limited, a lender may require more details.
5. Description of property. The report will include a general description of your home and property. If required, this area has a spot for describing where the inspection tag was left.
6. Key code. Next is the key code that helps you navigate through what the inspector finds and notes in the drawing. By reviewing it, you can tell the type of termite damage and location of said damage.
Stay Ahead of Wood-Chewing Home Wreckers with Regular Termite Inspections
Reading a report filled with tiny print doesn’t have to be daunting; neither does finding a qualified company to handle the termite inspection. Times Up Termite has been in business for many decades serving Alameda and all of the Bay Area. We have the experience you require to find all the pesky bugs. We also understand that finding an infestation can be overwhelming. That’s why we take time to explain your report and offer treatment options to fit the need. For example, we recommend the eco-friendly, reduced-risk solution Altriset as an excellent choice for homes where children, pets, or pregnant moms reside. Additionally, we recommend Trelona bait traps by BASF. Contact us today to learn more and schedule an inspection.
Call 510-568-7200 to speak with our team of experienced, licensed professionals at Times Up Termite, Inc. You can also contact us online to request a free termite inspection in Alameda.