Undetected Termite Damage Forces Georgia Family from Their Home
According to the University of Georgia Department of Entomology,
"In the Southeast, every yard in a suburban neighborhood will have
a resident population (and more likely, populations) of
subterranean termites." It's not if a home will be attacked, but
when. The most frightening thing is this attack can often go
undetected for years and while the damage is often significant, it
is rarely covered by homeowners insurance. An unfortunate fact
recently discovered by a Georgia homeowner when an entire wall of
his home collapsed from undetected termite damage.
When purchasing the home nearly two years ago, the homeowner did
not request an official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report.
Previously required for all real estate transactions in Georgia,
this report is no longer mandated at closing, but is invaluable in
protecting unsuspecting buyers from hidden damage. Many think a
traditional home inspection is enough and one was conducted on this
home, but it did not uncover the significant existing termite
The majority of home inspectors are not licensed to provide
subterranean termite inspections and only structural pest control
companies licensed by the State of Georgia can provide an official
inspection report and a warranty that will protect the buyer if
existing damage is initially undetected.