When working with potential home-buyers, most Realtors work hard to ensure their clients know they have their best interests in mind. Buying a home is a massive investment, and it’s the Realtors’ job to help the purchasers understand the exact situation they’re getting into. To one degree, this is what the usual home inspection process is for before the final closing process. However, most home inspections do not take pests (insects, rodents, or otherwise) into consideration on the final evaluation.
This is unfortunate, as a growing or ongoing pest infestation within a property can severely damage its value in the long-term–not to mention the homeowner’s ability to remain safe and healthy within their own house. Real estate agents should be aware of this common oversight and take steps to ensure their clients are not left with a home that is riddled with termites, infested by rats, or even possessing a healthy bedbug population leftover from former tenants. There are a number of steps any Realtor can take to make sure a home has undergone a thorough pest inspection before the final mortgage papers are signed.
How to Protect Property with Pest Inspections
1. Determine if the Lender Requires a Pest Inspection
As noted, in many situations, lenders or home sellers do not automatically include a pest inspection in the overall home inspection process. If this requirement is not already included, make the homebuyers and sellers aware of this lack and arrange for a pest inspection to occur for the peace of mind of both parties.
2. Find a Licensed Pest Inspector
Not all states require a pest inspection to be run by a licensed pest management inspector or pest control company. If they do require licensing, then normal home inspectors cannot perform a pest inspection. It remains important to have an pest management expert perform this job as they will know precisely what to look for.
3. Offer Pest Inspections as a Buyer Bonus
Realtors are often able to include certain financial provisions in the closing process, covering portions of the closing costs or other factors that ameliorate the final down payment the buyer must provide. Realtors can choose to pay for a pest inspection from their own earnings on the contract as a way to serve their clients all the more.
4. Be Present During the Pest Inspection
Remain on the property when the pest inspector goes through the process and ask questions of any items that come up during the final report. This will let you see exactly what areas are inspected and what issues may need to be address as soon as possible.
Contact OmniShield today to have your real estate pest inspection scheduled in time for any immediate issues to be addressed before the closing date.