Let’s face it; most people would hesitate to buy a house with termite infestation history. As such, it’s quite understandable that lot of homeowners are hesitant to disclose to prospect buyers that their homes have suffered from termite damage. The last thing they want is interested buyers who would walk away because of past termite problem.
It’s also true that past termite infestation can decrease the resale value of a home, regardless if termites are gone for many years. However, termite damage disclosure is required by law in some countries. Home sellers should be responsible enough to share with potential new owners any termite activity or damage before closing the sale. And because some homeowners are not aware of termite problem concealed behind walls or around the foundation, it is crucial to hire a professional termite inspector to check for previous and or current signs of termite invasion. This termite information is usually noted on a pre-purchase termite and other timber pest inspections, detailing present or past termite activity, termite treatment, and termite damage, including any damage that has been fixed.
Now, if you have already treated a termite infestation in your house, completely repaired any damage, and regularly performed termite inspection, then past termite problems should not really affect your ability to sell your house. On the other hand, it would be very challenging to sell your house if termite damage has not been fixed or a termite invasion that has not been treated. To be on the safer side, it’s best to contact a licensed termite inspector or a licensed pest controller to carry out a pre purchase timber inspection and to meticulously check your property for signs of termite activity. Should you have any active termites in your property, they can then advise you on proper termite control methods.