Don’t let these little things ruin your biggest investment

Buying a home or investment property is likely to be one of the biggest financial decisions you ever make, so it’s important that when you do, you take the right precautions. Too often I see people lose on their investment by not getting a simple pest inspection, either when they’re buying or selling a property.


Termites are damaging and can carry on concealed for months or years without you even knowing it. They can also cause extensive damage to the structure and foundations of a property if left undetected.


If you’re buying or selling, take the time to get a licensed professional to conduct a pest inspection for you. Structural issues in a property can cause big financial headaches and this doesn’t include the cost to repair termite damage, which can be in the vicinity of $7,000.


Now, there are some signs you can look out for.


Any excavated wood is a tell tale sign of termite presence, so look for hollowing, as the insects likes to eat from the inside out. While looking for hollowed out wood, you should also keep an eye out for tree nests. They’ll usually be located at the centre of the tree trunk and can also be found at the bottom of the tree as well.


Inspect the paint on the walls, doors, the architraves and skirting. If you see any blistering and bulging paint, this is a can be a sign of termites. Look for small masses of dirt, mud or moist areas in the home as well.


Nothing beats a professional inspection, so when you seek advice ensure the inspector is qualified, has a good reputation and ask about inspection guarantee offers.


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