We have termites and at this point, have had one company out to inspect our home. The inspector asked to see the location where we thought there might be termites, said we had drywood termites, but spent little time looking over the rest of our home. Any recommendations for a thorough/reputable termite control company would be greatly appreciated. Also, does anyone know of a company that guarantees a termite-free home for more than a year after completing a whole-structure fumigation? Please email any recommendations to caffonaAThotmailDOTcom. Thanks
Sadly, termite companies are like companies who promise hair growth or weight loss. What's in it for them if they cure the problem? They want to keep you in the need for their services.
Do a search on my posts and read "Termite Hell"
The best person to inspect your property is YOU. Do some research on termites. You are the person who has interest in saving your house, not some guy who sniffs glue in the back of his truck. I've learned that these "Inspectors" are not nearly as educated on these matters as you would expect. Also... I had one guy come and look at my house recently, he went outside to his truck for a minute... then I heard a stomping sound... He asked me if I had any bug plans with another company, and I said "no, why do you ask?" He pointed to a 2 inch long cockroach he just stomped on in my atrium and said, "because I just found this roach." He then proceeded to try and sell me a $900 a year bug plan.
Point is... That roach came from his truck. He was taking advantage of a situation... trying to get me to make a decision based on fear.
So, just be careful, and very aware.
Agree, best to read up and become your own expert, or enough of an expert in any subject to not be taken.
Even then anyone can be taken, just makes a tougher for "them" to do so.
There are good companies and employees out there in any trade/profession/etc.
I've caught "many" companies/inspectors who are of both sides of this coin.
Even figured out "one" metrics of this trade.
Once they inspect and quote, you have a "reference" point, or so you think.
What I've caught "some" inspectors doing is stapling their business cards on beams underneath the house (crawl space). It's also dated. Any other inspector who crawls in and finds that card, then calls to see what they quoted and then quotes accordingly.
Again, not all are like this, but I've caught on to too many situations like this on my rentals and parents house. Not easy to do on an Eichler, as there is no crawl space nor attic.
Back to your question on that "spot" inspection and not the rest of the house.
Maybe it was so positive that the house needed to tented, there was no need to look farther. This is being kind, but could be the case. I'd have insisted a whole house inspection anyway, as the amount of damage might need reconstruction in addition to the tenting. Or some such.