Termites infest buildings and damage wood, flooring, sheet rock, wallpaper, furniture, and even plastic. If you see swarms of winged termites inside your home or mud tubes from the ground outside to the woodwork or foundation of your home, chances are you're dealing with a termite infestation. You'll need to call a professional termite inspector to assess the potential damage to the home and get a recommendation for treating the termite infestation as soon as possible.
Typical Costs for Termite Treatment
Most termite treatment companies will offer homeowners a free inspection, and then offer termite treatment if termites are found or offer a preventative treatment with a repair warranty.
Low-End Estimate: $230
High-End Estimate: $900
Treatment prices will depend on the size of the home and the treatment options chosen. Warranty costs vary in price depending on whether the warranty includes repairs to termite damage in addition to retreatment.
"Make sure you read what's in the contract carefully," says Trey Scarborough of Zone Pest Solutions in Atlanta. "You may have to pay a deductible. One company might not cover a certain type of termite, where another company may."
Renewal periods for the protection plans can vary; some might need to be renewed every five years, for example. Renewal costs for plans that include liquid treatment range from $150 to $200 and plans with baiting stations range from $250 to $450.
Wood infestation reports, which generally are required at closing on a home purchase, start at $50 from a reputable company.
What to Expect from Termite Inspectors
The inspectors will look for evidence of termites, potentially by using a screwdriver to probe wood in your basement or crawl space to see if they've been damaged.
The inspectors will check for damage along the exterior and interior surfaces of the house foundation. The inspectors will take time to inspect carefully home items such as window sills, joists, support posts, basement window frames, wood porches, cracks in cement, expansion joints, scrap wood piles, tree stumps, fence posts, and exterior frames of basement windows. The inspectors will assess the damage and recommend a proper course of treatment.