Before selling your home, you will need to have it inspected for all sorts of pest issues. One particularly alarming pest problem is a termite infestation. If you aren't familiar with termites, this may not seem like much of a problem at all. Termites are just insects, right? How seriously do you need to take them?
The answer is "quite seriously." Termite infestations go beyond just a pest problem. They cause $40 billion of property damage every year globally. If your house does have an infestation, that will need to be dealt with before it is sold. Now, it's understandable if you don't quite understand the ramifications of a termite problem. That's why we're here to help. Let's look into some of the reasons why you need to take your termite infestation seriously.
There are many reasons why you need to take termite infestations seriously. But perhaps the biggest problem with these pests is that they can affect structural integrity. Termites feed on the cellulose in wood, which means that as they chew away, your home's main structure will become weak and brittle. In severe cases, it could even collapse, which would cause damage to the home and potential injury or even death to those within it.
A huge reason why you need to take this pest problem seriously is that termites can also damage the electrical wiring in your home. Termites cannot distinguish the difference between electrical wiring and cellulose. This means that they will damage both, and this could cause a short circuit and even an electrical fire in your house.
If you're going to put your house on the market shortly, its cosmetic appearance should be of the utmost importance to you. Termites can cause interior damage and eventually exterior problems as well. Once termite damage becomes visible, you'll likely have a few issues to worry about, but the appeal of your home must be taken seriously as well.
Remember too that the longer you put off taking care of a termite issue, the more it will cost to not only exterminate the termites but repair the damage as well. Don't dismiss termites. Take them very seriously.