In a hot real estate market, people do tend to rush. There’s just no way around the fact that, if you don’t make an offer quickly enough on a home you like, you may lose out completely. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a good realtor helping you, this may lead you to make a purchase long before you have actually checked out the house enough to make sure that it’s what you want.
Basic home inspections do oftentimes include inspections for signs of termite damage and other damage from pests. There are some difficulties with pests, however, that may make you inclined to have an inspection done to see if they have been an issue or are an issue in the home.
First, make sure that the home is checked for signs of termite damage. If you see it, this means that you are likely to have an ongoing problem that needs to be addressed. There can also be significant damage that needs to be repaired.
Look around the home to see if there are places where pests can get in. You will want to have all of these sealed up. If the previous homeowner had a penchant for doing DIY projects, they may not have done many of them very well and left gaps in the home that allow pests to get in from the exterior to the interior.
If you’re really worried about it, you may want to have an exterminator take a look. Unlike bad windows, damaged doors and other problems that inspectors generally find, pests hide. You can’t see them until they’re creeping around at night. If you have concerns about pests, talk to your realtor about it. They will definitely not want to get you into a home where you’re going to have to pay for an expensive exterminator service right after moving in.