If you read my previous blog post on how to look for termites, you may have made an unfortunate discovery. If it looks like those nasty little wood munchers may have gotten ahold of your home, it’s time to call in the professionals.
Termite inspectors are trained to find termites and to kill them. If this is your first time dealing with termites, you probably just want them gone, no questions asked. Well, you should ask questions and make sure you’re getting the best deal possible. When it comes to termite inspections and exterminations, you do have choices.
Here’s how to get the most out of your termite inspection:
- Request a walk-through of the house so the termite inspector can show you each area of concern. He or she should be able to explain the extent of the damage and what that will mean as far as extermination options.
- If there are areas of your house that you have trouble accessing, such as an attic or crawl space, ask the termite inspector to take digital pictures of the termite damage.
- Even though California law requires that termite reports be clear and easy to understand, very few are. Ask your termite inspector to explain any questions you have and to list out all your options, including what will happen if nothing is done.
- If the termite inspector suggests a full tenting, always ask if there are smaller, more direct (and cheaper) methods available. For instance, if the termites are only in your deck, then the whole house doesn’t necessarily need to be fumigated.
- Bring in multiple termite companies to bid on the job. While they should all come back with the same findings, they may have different recommendations. Also, if they are aware that you are gathering bids, they may offer more competitive pricing.
Hopefully, these tips will help you save money on your termite inspection and extermination as well as clarify the process. Don’t feel intimidated. There are many great and honest termite inspection companies in San Diego. In fact, we at Best Rate Repair work with quite a few and would be happy to provide recommendations if you have questions.