When purchasing a home, it might seem like your list of “To Dos” can be endless – especially as the time of closing draws near. One item on your list that should automatically be a given is the home inspection, as you will want to be sure that there are no major structural defects or other potential issues that could dangerous, expensive – or both!

One of the other items on your to-do list will likely be a pest inspection, which might have you asking yourself, “Do I really need a pest inspection?”  This typically entails having a licensed contractor come to the property and determine whether it has been weakened and / or damaged by insects, like termites, or even other pests, like rodents.  While some buyers may decide to forgo the pest inspection, it’s never a good idea to do so – especially because the small amount of money that you will “save” could end up costing you a great deal more in the long run.

This is because along with foundational issues, the damage that is created by insects such as termites can be extremely expensive. But a good quality pest control inspection can help you in uncovering this damage – and, you may also be able to have it treated, and paid for by the seller, if it is discovered prior to you closing on the property.

In addition, depending on the type of financing you are obtaining for the purchase of your home, it may also be necessary that you obtain a pest control as a part of your borrowing requirement by the lender. For example, the VA loan program focuses on getting military families into homes that are considered to be in “move-in” ready condition. For this reason, in most states – including Colorado – a pest inspection is typically required when going with a VA loan. (SOURCE: Veterans United Network)

If you’re considering purchasing a home in the future, give us a call. We can provide you with information on what you’ll need to do to prepare for the purchase, as well as offer you details on what properties are available in the Western Slope area.