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Why Home Buyers Need a Pest Inspection

Buying a new home is one of the most exciting and stressful times of your life. But pest issues are something that plagues homeowners around the world. The worst thing is that pest problems can lie in hiding. You should be looking at any signs of pests before signing on the dotted line. It’s the best idea to get a pest inspection. Both for the seller and buyer of the home. Below are some reasons why.

Get a Professional Pest Inspection

If you want to get a pest inspection for your potential new home, make sure to hire a professional and licensed technician to carry it out. You will need to speak to the sellers of the home or to the estate agents who are managing the property to see when a pest inspection was last carried out.

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We would always recommend any potential buyer to schedule their own pest inspection. Even if one has been carried out recently. This is so you have complete confidence in the home being pest free. With calls to pest control companies on the rise because many properties have been left unattended, you can’t be too cautious. A pest controller will look for property damaging pests. They will also look at any issues with pest breeding areas such as areas of damp and standing water.

Look for Signs Yourself

Don’t be afraid to use a keen eye and look over the property yourself. Signs of pest invasions can be quite obvious if you take a closer look. You might spot mouse droppings or dead flies, or see ants or small black beetles in the house. You should also note if the previous owners have taken any pest prevention measures. For example, installing fly screens, keeping shrubbery cut back and keeping the roof well maintained.

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Cracks and holes around the home should be observed and noted before signing the purchase paperwork. These are small issues that can be fixed, but it’s up to the buyer to bring it to the seller’s attention so the problems can be rectified before the deal goes through. Maintenance issues like this can also have an effect on the price of the property. Therefore, it’s always a good idea to keep note of whatever you notice.

Reporting Any Issues

Once you have had your pest inspection, you need to report any serious issues to the seller or estate agent. Unless previously stated, it is their responsibility to hire a pest management professional and pay for the cost of any pest treatments the property needs, such as professional mouse control. Don’t end up paying out loads of cash for the home of your dreams, only to let pests catch you by surprise and ruin it.


Sally has been writing on the subject of pest control for 4 years. She always carries out extensive and in depth research and always tries to bring you the most up to date, interesting topics.

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