Last Updated on April 14, 2022 by Kravelv
Eliminating pests from your home is not necessarily going to improve the value of your home. After all, most people don’t expect to get pests with a new home.
However, ensuring that your home is pest-free will prevent a potential buyer from reducing your asking price on account of pest control. It will also make your home look more appealing which will increase the likelihood of finding a buyer.
Of course, buyers don’t specifically think of pests unless they see the bedbugs running across the garden and want to know the name of the local pest control service. But, if you’ve had the bed bugs, roaches, rodents, and even the bees dealt with by reputable pest control, you’ll have the reports to show any potential buyer.
This can justify a small hike in price as you’ll be offering more than just a pest-free home. You’ll also be offering a transferrable warranty to the new owner and giving them peace of mind that they’re not going to be eaten on their first night in their new home.
The real beauty of getting the pest control reports completed is that you can advertise this fact to potential buyers, making them think about the issue. This will allow you to justify a slightly higher price and will knock out some of the competition that hasn’t chosen the same route!
Regular Inspections Are Critical
In order for you to justify the higher price and for the warranty to remain valid you’re going to need to have regular inspections carried out. This doesn’t just provide peace of mind and ensure you don’t have an issue. An annual inspection will also highlight areas where pests could enter, allowing you to deal with the issue and prevent them from becoming a problem.
This will make sure your home is better protected than your neighbors and is another plus point for anyone looking at it.
But, the most critical part about regular inspections and certificates is that you won’t be surprised during the sale. Termites can eat a lot of wood and, if left undetected, can destroy the foundations of a house in 6-8 years. Finding this put at the point of selling will dramatically reduce the price you can sell the house for.
In addition to struggling to sell your home, you may find that the termites have given you a huge repair bill and a big headache.
If you haven’t maintained your pest control then may buyers will be put off purchasing your home. That means you’ll be left with the investors who want your home but at a much lower rate. If you need to sell you may lose a substantial chunk of money just by not having kept up pest control inspections!
Don’t forget, the more you can do to make your house stand out and look attractive the quicker the sale will be. Of course, the faster the sale the more likely it is you’ll get the asking price, or close.