Termite infestations can be devastating to the structure of your home. Even one colony could cost you thousands in damage to your property if the situation is not attended to. However, it can be difficult to know that there is a problem with termites until it’s already too late.

One of the best ways of getting ahead of the game when it comes to problems with termites is by undergoing regular termite inspections.

But how often should you get a termite inspection to secure your home? Unfortunately, there are no hard and fast rules about this in Australia, with it differing greatly from area to area.

However, there are some basic guidelines that you can stick to that will help you understand the right number of inspections for you.

Read on to find out more.

When you move to a high-risk area

Your geographic location can make a big difference in how often you should get a termite inspection. For example, Brisbane is at a very high risk of termites, whereas Sydney is simply high risk. You can research whether your own area falls into the high or very high-risk category and have inspections accordingly.

As a general rule of thumb, high or very high-risk areas should be having termite inspections at least once a year, though twice a year might be preferable to ensure maximum protection.

Before you buy

If you are looking to buy a home, there are a lot of different checks that need to be carried out before you complete your purchase. Don’t forget to add a termite and other pest inspection to these checks. This might be an added expense, but it can help to save you money in the long run, as an infestation will need to be dealt with. If there are problems such as a termite infestation, you may be able to get a lower price for your new home to cover the expense of having an exterminator come to the property.

If a neighbour has had an infestation

Has a neighbour had an issue with termite infestations? Get your home checked! Even though termites are small, they can travel easily and could have headed over to your home. They can cause damage quickly, so get an inspection as soon as you are aware there has been a problem in the area.

If you have had a plumbing problem

Have you had a plumbing problem that caused flooding or issues with bad weather that caused leaks in your home? Where there is water damage, there could well be termites! Termites flourish in damp areas, so if your home has had any kind of water damage, you should get a termite inspection just to check. Do this as soon as you have sorted out the plumbing problem, and do not leave any standing water for longer than necessary. This way, you can keep new infestations from getting out of control.

When you notice unusual things

Have you begun to notice sawdust by your walls? Are your floors looking warped? Then it is definitely time to call in the professionals to check for termites. Leaving it until you notice a problem is not the best-case scenario, but it is better late than never! Calling out a professional exterminator at this stage could still help you to deal with your infestation quickly and lessen potential damage.

Every year or two

Even if you have not noticed any of the above issues, you should have a check every year or two. If you have been waiting for years between your inspections, then you could be unknowingly storing up problems for the future. Catching termites early can help to mitigate the damage to your home, and reduce the overall expense. Having a yearly inspection can help you to always be on top of a problem before it gets too large to handle.

If you’re selling

When you sell your home, most potential buyers will expect that you have carried out all the necessary checks - and will want to carry out a few themselves. One way of making sure that you are asking a fair price, and ensuring that your potential buyer doesn’t come across anything that could mean you have to drop your asking price, is by getting a termite inspection done before you put your house on the market.

This kind of diligence could even help you to sell faster!

Ready to contact your local exterminator? No matter which part of the country you live in, regular termite inspections could help to save you from a lot of damage in the future, and some seriously large expenditures. Get in touch to discuss a termite inspection today for that added peace of mind.

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