Three in every four Americans say they are less likely to purchase a home with bug and pest infestation issues, thanks to the thorough inspection process. Homeowners and wannabe homeowners understand how sensitive bugs and pests are to their health and state of well-being.
But not all of us are always lucky when it comes to inspecting our new homes against pest infestations. The fact that bugs can lurk in the hard-to-reach corners makes it challenging to rule out the presence of pests entirely, and this is the challenge most first-time homebuyers face.
Cleaning every part of the home before moving in isn’t always enough since you can fail to notice spiders, roaches, ants, rodents, termites, etc., hiding in the dark corners and nooks and crannies inside your new home.
Before moving into your new home, go through the following tips and prepare yourself to enjoy a welcoming, safe, and pest-free home.
- Inspect the Cabinets and Woodwork
It’s no secret that home inspection will always begin in the kitchen before proceeding to other critical areas. The kitchen cabinets always draw attention, and it’s the wish of every homeowner to have their kitchen cabinets as impeccable and classy as possible.
Proper inspection in the kitchen is necessary to rule out any pest-infestation concerns. For instance, it’s advisable to thoroughly clean the cabinets before moving in, so you are sure there are no food remains, bread crumbs, etc., stuck in the crevices and the hard-to-reach corners. This will rule out the possibility of cockroaches or rodents hiding in these areas.
Any dropping on the cabinets, holes in the back, or chewed-up wood are all signs of severe pest infestation. Always inspect every woodwork while checking for signs of dampness, rot, or pest infestation. Wooden structures that touch the soil or water should be examined with caution as this could be a headache in a couple of years to come. A rule of thumb is to ensure wood structures inside and outside the home are treated against water damage and pests such as termites.
- Replace Beddings and Double Check the Furniture
If your new home has been vacant for some time, it means that you cannot rely on a previous inspection report. Pests are smart enough to know when the rooms are vacant. They may have moved in, hiding in the areas you cannot easily spot.
Your home inspector will always focus on severe infestations and may not be keen enough to revisit every corner of the home to ensure everything is okay as it was during the previous inspection. As a new homeowner who’s ready to move in, your job is to do this extra work. The worst thing that can happen is to live with bugs and roaches just because you trusted and parted with your realtor with a firm handshake.
To be on the safer side, go over the inspection process once again before moving in. Be keen enough to check every part of the home – go around the frames and rafters, and inspect the furniture, just to be sure termites aren’t having a feast already.
If the previous owner left some bedding behind, it’s wise to replace them, so you are sure you aren’t taking a gamble with bedbugs.
- Inspect the Attic
The attic in your new home could be home to birds and rodents, and it takes thorough inspection to rule out the presence of nesting critters, mice droppings, and dirt or dust build-up. Often, homeowners don’t have the time or the courage to climb up and inspect this dark space. As a new homeowner, you want to take the initiative to check for any signs of birds, bats, raccoons, and even spiders.
You should also check if the attic is sealed and whether there are any leaks on the roof. Gaps in the attic mean that pests can easily access this warm and dark shelter, and leaks mean that mold and other pathogens can quickly build up and pose health risks to you and your family.
- Check for Foundation Cracks
Perhaps this is one of the key things you should do every time you move into a new home. Some homes have hidden holes and cracks around the foundation, which can act as gateways for rodents and other “unwelcome guests.”
Before feeling comfortable in a new home, look around the house. Both from the inside and outside, and pay special attention to the foundation. If you notice minor cracks, it’s advisable to fill them up with caulk; otherwise, if there are big holes or the cracks are visible, it’s best to report the issue to the housing agent or realtor.
When it comes to pest control, you need to be proactive and join the inspection process to ensure your new home is safe and comfortable for your family and not another bad decision that will cost you a fortune down the lane. Some pests may seem harmless but are actually a great nuisance. Cockroaches, for instance, may seem fragile and gentle but are a big mess.
If you just bought or moved into a previously occupied home and you notice even one cockroach, that’s enough of a sign to take immediate action. Roaches, like most pests, spread allergens and harmful pathogens, and worst of all, it ruins your reputation and even devalues your property. If this is the case, the best thing you can do is seek immediate pest removal service from a reputed company that’s well-versed in the field.