Termite Warranty When a home is treated for termites, irrespective of whether the treatment is performed to address existing damage, or performed as a pre-treatment for a home that is newly constructed, the warranty is included. A one-year warranty is standard with most pest control service providers (pest exterminators). The terms of the warranty may include coverage for future infestations at no cost to the owner of the house. The warranty is effectively a promise from the termite control company that the treatment done is sufficient. If there are signs of reinfestation, the home owner will have to call the extermination company that provided the warranty and schedule an inspection. After inspecting, they will advise on what needs to be treated, how it can be done, and whether there is any damage.
Things to Know about Termite Warranty
Before you commit to buying a home that includes a termite warranty, there are some precautions you can take. You should freely ask questions from the
commercial pest control provider in order to make a well-informed choice. You should ask why the warranty is being offered for your new home. It could be a warranty that accompanies new construction or one issued after an infestation was found and pest extermination was done. If you are buying a new home, you must inquire whether pre-treatment was done and whether the home has been built using termite-resistant materials. Ask about the duration of the termite warranty and if inclusions cover inspections. In some instances, warranties cover free retreatment but not the cost of inspection or damage repair. Furthermore, you should check if your home is situated in an area with high infestation rates. Certain areas are more vulnerable to termite infestation than others. Knowing if your home is in this category can help you plan better.
Key Points about a Termite Service Warranty
- What different types of termites/insects are covered?
- The types of termites/insects that are excluded from coverage
- What treatment is included and if there will be additional costs for materials used?
- Does coverage include retreatment?
- Will there be coverage for future damage?
- Are there any exclusions and/or limitations?
- The initial fee to be paid
- What is the frequency of inspections?
- Does the service cover bait systems? If yes, what kind of monitoring schedule is followed?
Typically, homeowners are required to:
- Pay an annual renewal fee to continue the termite control agreement.
- Ensure that home maintenance is carried out on a regular basis to avoid conditions that promote termite infestation (e.g. fixing leaks, controlling moisture in the crawlspace).
- Inform the pest control agency when there are any structural changes or soil upheavals that can impact on existing termite control (For instance, if there are landscaping projects happening, the pest control company might need to retreat certain areas to ensure the treatment stays effective).
- Permit termite inspections on a regular basis.
Do New Arizona Homes Come with a Termite Warranty? Pest control companies in Arizona that carry out a pretreatment service must provide new home buyers with a five-year warranty. The companies frequently sell warranties as part of post construction treatments. The merit of a warranty lies in the written terms as well as the stature and financial strength of the firm that offers it. The warranty is likely to state that the extermination company will not return to re-treat a property for a specific period of time following treatment (such as 60 days or 90 days). Therefore, homeowners should get a clear understanding of these terms. Apart from this, warranties that come with the post construction treatments will have to be renewed with payment of fees on an annual basis.
What is a Termite Bond?
Termite bonds differ from termite warranty in that the bond is an agreement between the homeowner and a commercial pest control company to deal with termites. These might include a warranty including retreatment at no extra cost. It is a fantastic idea to find out if inspections are covered in the bond price or not.