What You Need To Know About Getting A Termite Inspection Report

Posted on: 19 January 2015

There are several inspection reports that are required when you begin purchasing an older home. One inspection that may not be required, but you should have done, is the termite inspection. Before you decide to buy a home, ask for a termite inspection. Once one is scheduled, consider the following things you should look for when you receive the inspection report.

Official Reports

When you contact a termite company or contractor, make sure you are asking for and obtaining an official inspection report. Though they can come to the home and inspect it for termites, a certified report will be labelled or notated as form AS.4349. If you don't see this notation or marking on the inspection report then ask for proper form. This will ensure that you have an official and certified report, not just an estimate or consultation form.

Barrier Recommendations

One of the things that will be listed on your termite inspection report is a barrier recommendation. This recommendation will discuss what type of termites you have, if any, and the strength of the chemical barrier that will need to be in place to stop them. Depending on your termite control contractor, you may have several options available to you in the form of barriers that can work on both the interior and exterior of your home to stop and prevent termite growth and damage.

Chemical Soil Treatment

A chemical soil treatment will be discussed on the official report. Depending on your contractor, you may be able to have the soil treatment done shortly after inspection is complete. This treatment requires the use of special equipment and industrial chemicals that should only be used by a technician or trained professional. This is not something to try on your own. If your contractor does not handle the soil treatment, ask for a referral to someone who does.

Building Modifications

If you have termites in the home that have caused significant damage, then you may find building modifications listed on your official inspection. As part of the termite control plan, these modifications will likely be noted based on a scale ranging from recommended to required. If you see a required modification, this is likely necessary to prevent further damage or unsafe living conditions to the home.

These are just a few things you should know about the termite inspection report. Remember, once the report is completed you should ask any questions you have before moving forward with the purchase of the home or with requesting the current owners of the home to follow the inspection report recommendations prior to the closing of the property.