Many Austin, TX, homebuyers fear termite damage in their new homes—and rightly so. Termites can cause significant structural damage that you can’t see, so you want to know whether the property shows signs of these pests before purchasing it. But just how can you know whether the property has termites or termite damage? Let our crew at TLC Home Inspections, PLLC give you a few tips.
1. Know what termites look like.
Many homebuyers confuse termites with other winged insects, such as flying ants. However, termites have a few differentiating features like straight antennae, equal-length wings, and a uniform waist. Do a little research online for what type of termites are common in the area, and check out the images so you know what to look for.
2. Recognize the telltale signs of termite infestation.
You’re more likely to see the signs of termites than the pests themselves. (However, if you do see them, you can assume you may have termite issues.) If you don’t see them, look for mud tubes found on the home’s exterior, as well as on the supports, floor joists, and so on. These tubes are often a sign that termites have taken residence.
3. Get a termite inspection.
Don’t take a chance on overlooking a termite infestation. If you’re purchasing a home, you definitely want to know before you buy. To determine whether a residential property has termites, schedule a termite inspection in addition to your regular home inspection.
To ask about termites or to schedule a termite inspection in the Austin, TX, area, contact TLC at (512) 900-2191. We’ll be glad to do a termite inspection a la carte as a specialty service or in addition to your regular home inspection. Either way, we’ll help you tackle termites head on.
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