Pre-purchase pest inspections are the practice of pre-inspected purchasing wherein in the case of purchasing a home or apartment, a professional will inspect it for termite infestation and other insect infestations. The pre-purchase inspection will normally be performed by an independent pest inspection service that is licensed by a government agency to carry out this type of work. The service provider will submit a report of their findings to the property owner, who can then either choose to accept the findings or put further actions in motion. If your pre-purchase pest inspections find termites, they may refer you to an expert who specializes in termite control. You can then take action and/or continue with the pest extermination process.
There are several factors that need to be considered when determining conditions conducive to termite activity. One factor is the site’s soil and sub-soil conditions. Factors such as clay content, sand content and erosive history can all contribute to an increase or decrease in termite activity. Some examples of soil conditions conducive to termite activity include coastal sites with low permeability, infill deposits of hardwood and clay and sites that have experienced a lot of wood gathering and erosion over the years. These site factors can be controlled with regular monitoring by an independent professional pest control company.
Another factor is the existing timber pest infestation whereby the report areas will be located on the property over an extended period of time. An example would be a timber pest infestation where over a 10 year period, the wood damage had occurred and the timber has not been treated to prevent the infestation in the first place. When carrying out the pre-purchase inspection, the report areas will also identify timber damage that is already present. Identifying existing timber pest infestation can be very useful in determining infestations prior to purchase wherein the case of existing timber pest infestation, steps can be taken to prevent re-infestation of the critters.
As part of the pre-purchase inspection process, a PPI claim kit may also be ordered which will contain further information for the pre-purchase inspection. The kit may contain detailed descriptions of the pre-purchase inspection itself, what to do during the pre-purchase inspection process and what to document during the pre-purchase inspection process. The kit will also contain a list of contact details for any contractors who should be contacted during the pre-purchase inspection process. If a suitable PPI provider has been selected, contacting this contractor with questions or concerns about the pre-purchase process should be easy and quick.
A pre-purchase inspection should include a pre-purchase pest checklist. This checklist will identify the key items to look out for during the pre-purchase inspection. It will identify those items that should not be disturbed during the pre-purchase inspection process. It will also identify those items that are high risk and need to be addressed right away. The checklist will ensure that the pre-purchase inspection is a smooth and hassle-free process.
When a buyer takes out a PPI they have agreed to pay a premium insurance premium to cover themselves against any potential risk to their home or property. However, not all providers are equal when it comes to their levels of service and coverage. Not all providers are expected to disclose key information regarding their standard premiums and the level of customer support that may be available to buyers. To ensure that you get the best pre-purchase inspection from the beginning you will need to select a company that has a proven track record in the industry and has a high level of customer satisfaction and retention.
Once you have found the pre-purchase inspection service provider that you feel comfortable with you will then need to select a pre-purchase inspection package. You will want to select a package that is going to best cover the areas that you need covered and at the price level that you can afford. Most companies will offer a range of different packages that may suit your budget. Make sure that you read through the policy documentation fully before you agree to purchase.
When you decide on the pre-purchase inspection that you will take out, you will be required to complete the purchase paperwork. This paperwork will allow the provider to calculate the cost of the entire project, including any potential overruns. The paperwork should also detail any specific areas that are covered by the pre-purchase contract and the contract should detail all the expected repairs and potential maintenance issues that may arise. The pre-purchase inspection is designed to help protect you during the transaction and it should only be undertaken by buyers that are confident and knowledgeable concerning their own purchasing decisions.