Termites can seriously damage the structure of a house or building. Years ago, it was considered sufficient to have only a termite inspection performed before purchasing real estate. If there was no evidence of an active termite infestation, it was assumed that the building had no termite damage or structural damage. In some cases, there was serious termite damage to the structure of the building.
Termites feed on wood and serve an important function by converting dead trees into organic matter. Termites (sometimes called white ants) have microorganisms in their digestive system that help digest cellulose. Although termites are soft-bodied insects, their hard jaws bite off small fragments of wood. As the termites feed on the wood in buildings, they can cause serious structural damage.
Wood is one of the oldest friends of man and is always found in proximity to them in the form of bed, dinner table, chairs, grandfather’s clock, grandpa’s arm chair and many more. Loving and decorating our homes with wooden furniture is fine but protecting them from some of the vile species is of utmost importance. Species which were meant to help environment by giving a hand in biodegradation of wood have actually now become a big menace. Termites attack healthy wood and have the capability to turn them into dust.
They are a major threat to our home as they have the capability to ruin the entire house by damaging it. Today, people before buying the house are more interested in knowing if the house is termite proof rather than the structural beauty of the house. Let’s take a look at the following article;
Termite damage holds power over home contracts
OCTOBER 12, 2013
THEY may only be tiny but termites hold huge power over home contracts with nearly three quarters of Australians saying they would immediately disregard a property if they were found.
A June survey for pest control company Rentokil showed 74 per cent of respondents would definitely cross a home off their list if it had termites and a further 16 per cent would probably do so.
Rentokil national technical manager Simon Lean said he was surprised by the strong reaction.
“It might only be a little nibble here and there, not structurally damaging, but people get very worried about it,” he said.
He was less surprised, however, by the perceived drop in value for termite-affected homes.
Fifty-four per cent of survey respondents believed homes with termites would lose at least 25 per cent of their value.
He said buyers who didn’t have a pre-purchase inspection were making a big mistake.
“You could be buying a hell of a lot of problems that you just wouldn’t be aware of,” he said.
Compass Building and Pest Inspections manager Peter Ranchow said Queensland homebuyers had become increasingly pest-savvy in the past decade.
“There are more properties now being sold with an inspection than 10 years ago,” he said.
“Whether that’s driven by the lending societies or solicitors, it appears 99 out of 100 are getting them done now.”
But he said the vendors, as much as the buyers, should be on top of the issue.
“I suggest the seller gets a pre-sale report, knows the condition of the home, then can market it accordingly,” he said.
“It gives them a chance to address the issues before they put the property to market.”
He said a pest inspection, which costs about $500 combined with a building inspection, might also save them the heartache and lost time of a contract falling through down the track.
Homebuyer Ricky Michaels said he would recommend a pest inspection to everybody after recently pulling out of a contract in Middle Park when termites were found.
“I was going to purchase it and they found it was pretty bad with white ants. They recommended for me not to buy it and after that I just pulled out,” he said.
“When you’re investing in a home, that’s the biggest asset a person has.
“You wouldn’t buy a car that only has two wheels.”
Mr Lean said Queensland was particularly susceptible to termite problems because of its warm climate, high rainfall and the popularity of slab-on-ground housing.
“They can be active in Queensland all year round simply because it never gets that cold,” he said.
Termite damage is not covered by home insurance.
The most ideal solution to remove the termite clause from the house contract is to make the house termite proof. The only product which capable making the house termite proof is Termirepel™.
Termirepel™ is a non-toxic, non-hazardous and environment friendly product, with a high efficacy to repel insects like wood borers from the wood. Termirepel®™ is a multitasking product; along with wood borer it protects the wood from vicious termites, notorious carpenter ants and other insects. Termirepel™ in solution form can be injected at high pressure in the lumber so as to prevent the infestation. It is also available in lacquer form which can be applied on the furniture, patios, floor as coating so as to prevent further infestation.