Buying a new home is one of the most exciting and stressful experiences most people will go through. Not only have you got to find a home that answers your needs, but it’s got to feel right too. Then, once you’ve found the right place for the right price, you have to go through the rigamarole of making sure that it really is a good buy. The seller will have organised a home inspection, in compliance with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. But it’s important to remember that a general home inspection will not necessarily include a pest inspection. Here’s why that matters.

Why You Should Get a Pest Inspection Before Buying a New Home

Your home is arguably the biggest financial investment that you will ever make. Requesting a professional pest inspection prior to purchase helps you to protect your investment. It will reduce your overall overheads, by allowing you to take precautions before you take up residence, should you wish to proceed – avoiding the infestation of, or damage to, your belongings. It can also help you to protect your family from exposure to potentially harmful creatures and the diseases they carry. Most general home inspections will not provide that peace of mind.

What’s the difference between a home inspection and a pest inspection?

General home inspection

The general home inspection was devised to ensure that homes being sold are free from hazards. It will report upon structural issues, and the integrity of roofing, masonry, foundations, plumbing, electrical components and any inbuilt cooling or heating systems. It will highlight issues such as energy efficiency and the risks associated with any integral elements of the home. What it will not look for is the threat of any sitting tenants.

Pest inspection

There are two forms of home pest inspection, depending on the pest management professionals you consult.

One, will focus only on termites and termite damage. And this is vital. Because a termite infestation can literally bring your home down around your ears. If you’re going to purchase a home that already has a serious termite problem, you may as well just burn your money. But termites aren’t the only potential problem.

A full pest inspection will include:

  • Rodents and the associated structural damage
  • Ants
  • Bats
  • Cockroaches
  • Fleas
  • Ticks
  • Spiders
  • Wasps, bees and other stinging insects
  • Bedbugs
  • Silverfish

These inspections will also pick up any signs of other common residential pests.

Home pest inspections can be a good idea even if you’re not buying a new home. They can pick up any potentially harmful – or expensive – problems before they become a real issue. And they can deliver real peace of mind. But when you’re about to make one of the biggest investments of your life, it’s really important to make sure that there aren’t any unpleasant surprises.

If you’d like to speak to someone about a home pest inspection, please contact Noosa Pest Management today.