Summary: Whether you are the buyer or seller of a home it is a foregone conclusion that you will have a home inspector check your property for the presence of termites. That termite inspection is supposed to give some warranty that the property is, in fact, free of active termites. The fact is, no one call tell you for sure if termites are or are not present.
Nearly seven million homes are bought and sold each year across this country. Most of these real estate sales involve a wood destroying insect report, also known as a WDI. Every one of these inspections requires a professional inspector's best guess as to whether termites are on the site.
The inspector looks at those places where termites are most likely to thrive. He must have a certain level of knowledge about construction and has to know where to look for potential or existing places where moisture may be a factor. He also has to understand the habits of termites to be able to identify conditions that are conducive to termite infestations. So, if
he has all the aforemetioned knowledge he does stand a good chance of turning up termites.
Some termite infestations, however, simply do not manifested themselves in the form of visible damages, termite tubes or termite swarms. It is the hidden termite activity that a home inspector will not uncover. It is the activity inside walls or under the slab floors that leave people scrambling to read the fine print of the disclaimers found in each termite inspection report.
The only way to be fully assured that your property is termite-free is to have the home treated. Regardless of what you decide, know that a termite inspection is only as reliable as the inspector's ability to find visible evidence of termites.
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