The subterranean termite is the most destructive termite in the United States. Alone, it is responsible for over a billion dollars in property damages annually. These termites come up from the ground and feed on man-made structures for years, leaving little or no evidence of their presence in a structure. They are so stealthy, they have gone undetected by certified home inspectors. This has led some banks to require a certified termite inspection before lending money for a home. But your protection shouldn’t stop there. While it is definitely important to get a certified inspection, it is vital to back that inspection with a written agreement that includes a promise of protection.
It is important to understand that a termite bond is not a termite letter. Some pest control companies will write up a document that outlines what was found during an inspection. This is not a bond. It is simply a report of findings.
A termite bond is a promise. Not only does it report the findings of a termite inspection, it outlines what pest measures were taken to control any termites found, and what measures will be taken in the future if termites are found during a certain period of time. So, in a way, it is sort of like termite insurance. The pest control company offers a bond as an agreement that they will cover retreatment costs and, in some cases, the cost of repairing termite damage that occurs during a set period of time.
There are two important things to look for when you get a termite bond:
- Make sure the termite bond is attached to the home, not the homeowner. If you own a home and you want to increase the value of your home at the point of sale, it is important to be able to transfer this “termite insurance” to the new owner. If you are looking to buy a home, it is important to be able to inherit this assurance that no termites are present in the home and that the home will be safe from termites until the time on the bond expires.
- Find out when the bond expires. If you are buying a home, it is important to know when the bond needs to be renewed. It is usually a simple matter to renew a bond and keep the retreatment and repair guarantee in place.
If you live in our service area and you want the protection and assurance that a termite bond provides, reach out to us. At Active Pest Control, we offer one of the most comprehensive termite bonds available in the industry.
Why Is A Termite Bond Important? in Georgia
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