An inspection while selling a home or just for a routine “check-up” by a homeowner can seem like a daunting task, but there are a few tips for preparing for a termite inspection that may ease the stress. This advice will make it easier for the inspector to do his job and prevent problems for the homeowner before they start.
First, keep the perimeter of the exterior of the house clear of debris. Trim back excess bushes and plants, especially those that cover the walls or the foundation. The termite inspector will need at least two feet of cleared space to work.
After you have checked to see that the plants are cleared, take a look at the soil. It should be lower than the siding of the house. If it is higher, ground water can seep in and allow termite’s easy access into the home.
Next, remove any storage that may be blocking the inspector’s path. This means moving anything that may be under sinks in the bathroom. It also means moving all items two feet away from the interior garage walls and clearing the openings to attics and crawlspaces.
While these storage items will obviously need to be put back and cannot be cleared at all times, wood should not be stacked against the walls of the garage. This is breeding ground for termites.
Finally, do a routine check your self occasionally. By keeping the plants that hug the exterior of the home trimmed regularly, there is less of a chance that you will become infested. You can also decrease your chances by keeping a clean garage, basement, and attic.
Termites are damaging to a house and difficult to remove, but catching them early greatly increases the likelihood that any irreparable damage will need to be done.
These tips for preparing for a termite inspection will make the process easier for all involved. The seller, the homeowner, and the inspector can all benefit from these small tasks. It is important to remember that most homes will have termites at some point. No matter where you may live, you are not immune to an infestation.