When deciding to sell your home, what’s the first thing you think of? Maybe the packing that will come with moving or deciding whether or not to paint your kitchen cabinets before selling. What many homeowners may not think about is scheduling an inspection to check for pests.
How Pests Affect Resale Value
Having pests or having had an infestation in the past doesn’t make your home unsellable. It does, however, impact the value of your home in various ways and in various places.
Threats to the exterior value of your home may not always be obvious. Here are some more discreet issues that could negatively impact your home’s exterior value:
According to researchers at North Carolina State University, termites can cause appreciable damages to a home within three to eight years. Because termites need cellulose, older homes with more wood may be more susceptible to damage.
Laws vary from state to state, but many require homeowners to disclose something like pest damage to all potential buyers. If you’ve had termite damage in the past but had your home treated, great! Make sure to disclose that as well and be prepared to show proof of treatment.
Landscaping can add to your home’s value, or it can detract from it. Features like a koi pond may seem like a great investment, but if it isn’t maintained, it can quickly become a swampy breeding ground for mosquitoes.
Older trees can add value to a home because of their beauty, but when affected by pests, they can become a liability. Tree limbs can break from rot or disease caused by pests such as oak wilt (caused by the nitidulid beetle).
A new wooden deck or patio is one of the best investments you can make in terms of return on interest (ROI). But a poorly maintained deck with rotting or broken planks can (unsurprisingly) reduce the value of your home. It can create safety hazards as well as being an eyesore.
Termites chew through wood at an alarming rate, so if you think you may see any of these signs of termite damage, contact professional pest control services right away:
- Mud tubes. These tubes typically appear near the foundation of your home and are made from termites’ saliva and feces
- Buckling wood. You may think you have water damage, but is it actually termite damage?
- Maze-like patterns in wood. If your walls are starting to look like Pan’s Labyrinth, give us a call.
- Musty smell. The smell of mildew or mold may indicate termites and not water damage.
Structural damages, such as those from termites, can lower your home’s value by up to 20%, but many lenders require a termite inspection separate from other home inspections — so the damage will be found one way or another.
Pests like termites and mosquitoes can cause chaos outside your home, but other pests can create havoc on your home’s interior.
- Rodents: Mice and rats have teeth that grow consistently, which is why they need to gnaw — it helps keep their teeth at a manageable level. Unfortunately, what mice and rats tend to choose to gnaw on are your walls and electrical wiring. Frayed electrical wiring is a major fire hazard, so homes with a history of rodent-related problems may be under a higher level of scrutiny.
- Cockroaches: Many pests are drawn to your home by excessive moisture, but cockroaches are one of the most unsightly. If you’ve had problems with cockroaches in the past, you’ll want to make sure there’s no chance of a surprise reappearance when your home is on the market.
Attempting to handle pest problems on your own is never a good idea. Over-the-counter pest control products are often unsafe (especially when applied incorrectly) and ineffective. Instead of wasting your time and money and putting yourself and your loved ones at risk, turn to the qualified team at Enviro-Tech Pest Services.