Termites love warm weather. But if you are about to purchase the home of your dreams, you will want to know that it is free of these pests.

If homeownership is a new experience for you, be aware that there are differences between a wood infestation report and a termite contract.

A little background

Termites are not usually apparent until a large number of them have moved into a structure. They may tunnel through wood or sheetrock or arrive on the scene as a swarm, which often occurs in springtime. A sighting usually means there is an infestation that requires treatment. Two common processes are the placement of bait stations or the application of a liquid treatment to the soil around a building.

Contract versus report

Also called a bond, a termite contract is an agreement for a termite treatment company to clear the premises where you see termites. On the other hand, a wood infestation report describes any insect infestation in a structure. A pest treatment company is responsible for creating this report and it should appear as part of your purchase contract. Keep in mind that the company will not issue a wood infestation report if there are certain types of materials in the building. Spray foam insulation is one example because this dense material prevents a close look at the studs and joists beneath.

Buyer beware

Different termite contracts have different provisions. For instance, some only provide for re-treatment, not for the repair of termite damage. It is important for you to know what is covered before you commit to purchasing your dream home. Be sure you read the contract carefully.