Before you purchase any kind of real estate, whether it be a home, a rental property, or a commercial property, you will be well advised to have a building and pest inspection service carried out by a professional builder and an expert pest controller.
The building inspection will be for the purpose of determining if there are any construction or operational defects that need to be addressed, and the pest inspection is to find out if there are insects such as termites, rodents or other pests such as ants and cockroaches present.
You certainly do not want to purchase a property where there are major defects in the electrical system, plumbing, air conditioning, or in the roof. And if a property is infested with termites, mice, rats, cockroaches and the like, you obviously will need those problems rectified before you move forward with the purchase.
Just because a property looks nice on the outside, does not mean that there are no problems that exist. When you flip a light switch and nothing happens, it means one of two things. Either the light bulb is burnt out, or there is a deeper, more serious problem.
You will need to have a certified home inspector inspect the entire property from top to bottom where he or she will be able to have free reign over the entire premises from the rafters in the attic to the most remote access to the basement. There could be dry rot in the roof, mould behind the drywall, and water damage in the attic. Only a thorough inspection can ferret out many of the problems that could be hidden from the average person.
Insect damage is indicative that there still may be live pests still living in the house, and a good pest control company will be able to see that and take action to rid the property of these pests. If termites are present, the process of getting rid of them can be more complex, as an assessment of the damage that has been done already will have to factor into the equation.
The cost of any repairs and pest control will be borne by the seller, as buyers expect properties to be in good condition before they want to commit to purchasing it. In many cases, the sellers will not be aware of some of the damage or pest situations that are present. Even so, it will still be the responsibility of the seller to bring the property up to a standard in order for it to be sold.