How to Inspect a New Home for Previous Termite Damage


It’s important to do a great deal of research before buying a home. Your home is a significant investment, and you want to make sure that you’re getting a property that is in excellent condition, so that you are able to get the best return on investment.

When you buy a new home, you’ll often find that termite damage isn’t reported. In some cases it’s not even known. That’s why you’ll want to check for termite damage before buying.

Do It Yourself Termite Damage Inspection

It is strongly recommended that you have a professional termite inspector examine your home, rather than leave it up to chance. Termite damage can sometimes be hard to spot, and you’ll want to be certain that your home is in the best shape possible. Contact Green Pest Solutions today at 877-636-9469 for professional termite inspection in Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey.

However, if you’d also like to give your home a brief inspection on your own, check for the following:

  • Extensive Hollow Noises – There are always hollow points in a structure. But since termites eat from the inside out, previous termite damage will often lead to hollow noises in places there shouldn’t be, and will at least hint at further examination.
  • Look for Buckling/Warped Wood – Rather than look just for broken or obvious signs of termite damage, look for problems with wood that are more subtle. For example, when termites eat wood, the wood may start warping. Homes with warped wood also deserve further inspection.
  • Former Mud Tunnels – Even after a colony has been eliminated, some of what they created will remain. Mud tunnels are a great example. While most of them will be cleaned up, you can sometimes find the remnants of mud tunnels if you look closely.
  • Holes in Wood or Clearly Damaged Wood – Of course, when wood is clearly damaged, it becomes much easier to tell that a termite infestation may have taken place. Just make sure you’re looking everywhere, not just in the most obvious places. Sometimes the termite damage can be easily or accidentally hidden, because it occurs in areas that aren’t usually looked at around the home.

Termite damage can be hard to spot, which is why a professional inspection should take place. But at the very least, make sure you look around so that you can be more confident that the home you’re buying has no signs of termites.


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Guide to Termites

Guide to Termites

Protect your home from the devastation that termites can cause by knowing how to identify them, warning signs of their presence, and steps to prevent an infestation.

One Comment

There would be nothing worse than buying a new home and then realizing that it has termites. Knowing the right things to look for is the first step in prevention. Thanks for sharing.