Are Home Purchase Pest Surveys Sensible?

Some people may scoff at the idea of home purchase pest surveys. We agree. For most people this will be a waste of time. That being said, this isn’t always true. If you’re buying one of the following properties, then definitely get a test.

What about the age of the property?

First of all, if you’re buying a new house, then skip the test. You more than likely do not have pests, especially if you’re buying a new build. On the other hand, if the house is older, then you should definitely get a test. In fact, the older the property is, the more likely it is that there are pests.

older home

These houses should have home purchase pest surveys because there are more places for pests to hide. Older houses are often riddled with cracks, gaps, and other nooks and crannies so you should expect there to be pests. What’s more, unlike new houses, pests have had years to work their way into the property. Many of these pests may have been living there for decades. This can make them extremely difficult to remove. This is especially true if the house is run down, dilapidated, or even abandoned. If you’re buying a “fixer upper” then you should definitely get a survey.

What about lofts and basements?

Other properties that should have home purchase pest surveys, are those with lofts or attics. Pests gravitate to these places because they can live undisturbed. This means it’s highly likely that there are pests in these areas. This is especially true if they are disused. By the same token, houses with basements or cellars should also have surveys.

smaller home

Another rule when considering home purchase pest surveys is the size of the house. Generally, the bigger the house, the better idea it is to have one of these surveys. This is simply because larger houses have more places for pests to hide, increasing the likelihood that there are pests.

Also think about the architecture of the houses and if you can do pest control while renovating. If it has a large number of crevices, nooks, and wooden features, then have a survey. These things can attract pests i.e. wooden beams may contain woodworm.

pest home

The bottom line is that it’s all about money. Getting rid of a deep-seated pest infestation is enormously expensive and time consuming, even with green pest control options. Knowing about this ahead of time can save you a great deal of heartache. You can skip buying the house and find a better property. You can use the presence of pests as a bargaining chip. It may even be possible to secure a lower price. At the very least the current owner should pay for pest removal before you buy the house.

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