Back when Chris and I bought our home in 2009, we had a termite inspection done as part of the appraisal process. It was actually required by our mortgage company before they would approve our loan. Now, I knew that my grandparents (Chris and I bought my grandparent’s old home so I basically knew the entire history of the house) had issues with termites a long time ago and had the house tented. As far as I knew, they never had another problem.
We passed the termite inspection with flying colors, though the termite inspector told us that there was major damage to the roof on our porch and in the shed from the past termite infestation. He passed us because of course, no one is going to shell out the big bucks to do repairs before they even buy the house – and my grandparent’s weren’t going to do any repairs or upgrades before they sold it to us. I always planned on having those issues fixed, but you know how it goes: you buy a house and suddenly there’s a laundry list of things you have to do before you ever even get around to fixing the stuff you originally planned on!
Of course, after installing new windows and doors, reflooring, painting, having the house rewired…you get my point, right? We totally forgot about the termite damage.
That is, until I was reading in bed one night and a termite landed on my hand.
YES. A termite landed on my hand!
In the midst of my freak out and desperate pleas on Facebook for someone to tell me that this was not a termite, another one landed on the bed next to me.
And I knew they were termites.
And I didn’t like it. Not one bit!
So what’s next? A search for an inspector to do a home termite inspection. I haven’t noticed any termite dust or seen any other termites since that night, but I think termites are like cockroaches, if you see one, there’s a whole colony of them hiding somewhere! Termites are serious business, and not something Chris and I will be taking lightly – I mean, seriously, a termite infestation can destroy your entire house!
Have you ever dealt with termites?