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What’s the Deal with Termite Evidence?

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Property inspections are a crucial part of the home buying process because they are designed to let buyers know exactly what they are getting in to when purchasing a home. Does it need a new roof? Is the pool leaking? How is the septic tank? These are not the most glamorous questions and answers, but they are so pertinent when you buy a property!

Here in Miami one item that shows up on inspections 99.9% of the time is “termite evidence.” Basically, this is any sort of visible trace left behind by termites showing that they have been in a house: wings, droppings, and chewed-up wood all constitute “evidence.” The problem with this type of item being noted on an inspection report is not that it is wrong – it is just that it does not mean that there are live termites actively eating away at a home. In all of my years as a realtor, termite debris has most often been found in places like attics or crawl spaces, which are areas that, once treated to kill the bugs, are not cleaned. Seriously, who is going to vacuum their attic after they tent?!

Unfortunately, seeing anything about termites on an inspection report is enough to spook home buyers. Termites are, after all, destructive organisms that can deteriorate a structure. One thing that sellers can do to assuage any buyer’s fear is to maintain a termite warranty on their house. Then, when evidence is found by an inspector the seller can turn around and have their exterminator take a peek at the property and either tell the interested parties that there is no problem or simply treat for the bugs. Either way, the problem is solved.

If an inspection finds active termite activity, then there is cause for concern (and kudos to the homeowners who have termite coverage in this situation!). However, evidence is likely going to show up on a home inspection in South Florida – and it is probably no big deal!

If you need help buying or selling a home give Ashley Cusack a call at 305.798.8685, or visit her website at: Luxury Miami Real Estate

Luxury Miami Real Estate

My focused dedication as a realtor in my home town of Miami for over 25 years, consistently puts me at the top of my field. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell your home, let me help you from start to finish with my results-proven: professional marketing, excellent property exposure and comprehensive experience.

Consistently in the top 10 company-wide at EWM for the past 15 years, my focus is on Coral Gables, Coconut Grove, Pinecrest and South Miami — specializing in luxury real estate and waterfront properties. Call me today and let’s get started!

Don’t hesitate to reach out to me, Ashley Cusack at {305.798.8685, email and website}. EWM Realtors.

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