Termites are a nightmare for homeowners. They can quickly eat away at your home and cause serious structural damage. This damage can cause your property value to fall, which can affect your ability to sell your home. If you find termites, you may be wondering just how much it is going to cost and how soon you need to repair the damage to your home.
First, it is essential that you repair any damage that termites make to your home. However, you may be able to stage the repairs based on the type of damage that was done and how extensive it was to your home. Your exterminator should be able to give you a list of damages that were done, and from there you can determine what repairs to make and when.
Any damage that affects the structural integrity of your home needs to be taken care of immediately. Termites can weaken floor joists or cause damage that can make your home unsafe to live in. If you have this type of damage, you cannot wait to make any repairs. You need to act immediately. Similarly, if they have done any damage that creates a fire hazard, such as eating the casings around the electrical wiring, you will need to repair that immediately.
There may be some damage that is not quite as pressing to complete. If you caught the problem early, you may have only minimal damage, and you may choose to wait to make the repairs for a few months. However, it is important to not wait too long. One reason is that other insects and animals can take advantage of the damage that the termites caused to your home. Carpenter ants like t make their nests in wood that termites have already chewed for them. The weakened wood also gives easier access points for rodents. It is important to take care of the damage to prevent future problems.
When you are ready to sell your home, you are required to disclose that you have had termites. According to the article “Can I Sell My Home After I Have Termites?”, you should have a copy of the treatment and inspections that have been done since the initial infestation. You should also be able to disclose any damage that was done as well as a list of repairs that you had done on the home. With the repairs made and a history of continued inspections and treatments, you should not have any trouble selling your home for market value.
It is key to document each step of the process so that future home buyers can determine that the home is safe to buy. Right before you sell, you should have another inspection done and you can list that with the other materials that you have collected. Although, it may be costly, you really do need to repair any termite damage to your home.