Free Termite Inspections are Usually not Guaranteed!!!
Often, home inspectors will offer “a free termite inspection” included with their pre-purchase home inspection price. Almost always, home buyers aren’t aware that such termite inspections come with no guarantee whatsoever! When a licensed pest inspector prepares an inspection report, most often the inspection is guaranteed, so that if termites are discovered after the home is purchased, the purchaser is protected against paying for related repairs.
When I offer a bid for a home inspection, I will recommend choosing a licensed pest inspector who will prepare a separate termite report. These inspections and reports are usually competitively priced because the inspectors anticipate that some of these inspections will lead to work down the road. As a matter of fact, this gives them an incentive to make an extremely thorough inspection in order to find infestation.
In a number of cases, licensed termite inspectors found massive infestation problems and these reports were used as negation tools because the buyers wanted the houses regardless. The slightly higher cost for a separate termite inspection is worth it for a number of reasons.