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Termites in the attic found during a home inspection while doing a termite inspection or WDO inspection

Picture of a roof structure with termite damage
Termite damage in an attic

We hear many people say that termite inspections and treatments are not needed on concrete block homes, which is simply not true.   The above image came from the attic of an all block home.  This termite damage was found during a home inspection.   This can be caused by subterranean termites that entered from either non-visible location or while the trusses were sitting on the ground during the construction process.  Six invasive termite species are established in Florida including the Formosan subterranean termite, the Asian subterranean termite and the West Indian drywood termite all are a concern for residents and the pest-control industry because they cause structural damage.  Much or the damage can go unnoticed for years cause much damage.

 

It is important to have your home inspected regularly in Florida and we recommend treating all homes every five to ten years.   We can inspect for termites during a home inspection or as a single service.   It is important you treat if you are doing any work on the home including landscaping next to the home, it can destroy any termite barrier that was present.  We are happy to inspect or treat for you.  For more information click here   or contact us at:   www.HonorServices.com

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Internet and the Real Estate market

Achieving measurable results

I love reading articles about buying and selling homes, it gives me an insight to what others are seeing about homes. It helps me understand what some of our clients thoughts through the process, and what they might expect. These short articles don’t always give a fair picture of the situation (like this one).

To categorize agents or inspectors in one group is wrong and dangerous. While reading the articles we can certainly agree with some of the generalizations but others are very deceiving. For example I have never heard a Realtor tell a client if a wall is load bearing or not. Most Realtors(in my experience) want you to have the facts and will tell you to have the information verified. I think with the internet and lawsuits getting a Realtor make comments about the demographics of neighborhood is unlikely, you should do your own research.

Figuring the cost of anything about remodeling your home can drastically vary, most agents will not comment on it. Some will give you an idea, after all they have had many clients do what you want to do. There are still some agents that have experience with remodeling and can give really accurate estimates.

With For-sale-buy-owner it can get messy, I have seen it personally. The best part about an agent, they are there to negotiate for you and keep you and the other parties informed. Buying/selling a home can be very emotional, doing it on your own without experience is an emotional roller coaster, which can leave you with doubt or regrets for years.

When hiring a Realtor or inspector it is best to do research as well as when buying or selling a home. A professional will not only be helpful and make it less stressful but will help you get the most out of the deal. Not everything on the internet is accurate

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Household Pests (bugs) initial treatment

Initial treatment

One of the best times to treat your home for household pests (bugs) is before you move in. The house will be empty and nothing will hinder the technician from performing a complete treatment of the home. This will help ensure your home is ready for you to move-in.

Ideally you should schedule this treatment to be right after your closing on the home. Your personal belongings may have been in storage and packed where bugs may have been. Treating your home will help prevent them from being an issue at your new home.

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