Wood Destroying Insect Inspections
When Maida Services performs a New Hampshire or Massachusetts home inspection or commercial property inspection, we ALWAYS include a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection (termites, carpenter ants, etc.) that is sufficient for FHA or VA lending, at no additional charge. This inspection is called a "visual, sounding and probing inspection".
Some New Hampshire or Massachusetts home inspection companies may not include a termite or Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report unless you are willing to pay an additional fee. Other commercial or home inspectors will only perform a visual pest inspection for signs of destructive insects - that is really not sufficient. It is absolutely necessary to probe and sound out the areas that are susceptible to attack. While interviewing any Massachusetts or New Hampshire home inspectors that don't include a "termite" inspection, be sure to ask how much the additional charge will be. And, if your New Hampshire or Massachusetts Home inspector is only performing a "visual" service you may need to contact a specialist to determine if/how much of the structure was damaged.
Termites and Carpenter Ants are a considerable problem in New England and they can do extensive damage to your home or building without you knowing it. (Sometimes the signals are impossible for the untrained eye to detect.) Our inspectors are fully trained and certified to perform pest inspections in addition to being State Licensed New Hampshire & Massachusetts Home Inspectors. Maida Services New Hampshire and Massachusetts Home Inspectors thoroughly examine the property for evidence of termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, powder post beetles, etc.
Typically, if you are pursuing FHA or VA lending, you should have this type of "visual, sounding and probing" inspection for Wood Destroying Insects. An FHA Loan (Federal Housing Association) or a VA Loan (Veterans Association), sometimes requires its borrower's to have this inspection on a specific form (NPMA-33) and signed by a Pest Control Operator. Also, if the property being purchased is on a private water supply; specific parameters are almost always required to be tested. If you are not sure, you should check with your Mortgage Broker, Realtor or Attorney.
If you're loan is NOT going to be FHA or VA, there are some key benefits to an inspector performing this "type" of inspection including discovering hidden structural damage and insect infestation. This way, if infestation is found, you can ask the seller to pay for a treatment to assure control and/or if damage is found, expenses for repairs could be a potential renegotiation issue with the seller.