How to Choose a Competent and Reliable Termite Damage Company
Discovering termites within your property can be a burden, but finding the right pest damage company need not be. Still, considering that the chemicals used to eradicate termites carry significant health risks to humans and even to animals and the environment, you need to choose a reputable company.
Here are a few considerations before hiring a pest damage company:
Licensing and Certification
First off, consider a termite damage company only if it is licensed in your state and certified. Know that licensing requirements vary according to the state. As well, make sure to hire a company with a license specific to termite damage, as not all pest damage companies are licensed to handle termites.
However, just because a company says they’re licensed and certified doesn’t mean they actually are. You need to do your own research on this. Ask for their license number and certification details and contact your secretary of state and the certification issuer to verify.
It’s also wise to speak to some of their past clients to know how happy they were with the results, and whether or not the problem recurred.
Aside from being licensed and certified, you’d also like a termite damage company to be insured, and you have to verify that coverage as well. This step is absolutely crucial when you’re talking about termite damage. Homeowners’ insurance does not include termite treatment or repairs, so you have to be more proactive when it comes to getting the necessary protection for your home. Warranties with a damage clause are also not commonly offered by pest damage companies. Before you sign a contract with a damage clause, you need to understand what it covers exactly. If a warranty program is too expensive for you, at least get a termite inspection once a year.
Talk to your prospective company about their plans for containing your termite problem. Will they be using baits or traps? What specific chemicals? Have them present their plan to you in writing for your reference. Do that with every pest damage damage company you’re considering and make comparisons.
The Fine Print
In many areas around the country, pest damage services are grouped into general pest damage and termite damage. Your contract must cover the service you’re seeking. Take time to read the contract carefully and understand all the details. Definitely, you need a written contract for your own protection.
Finally, if you don’t feel at ease with a certain company, you should reconsider working with them. Note that will not be a one-shot transaction. Pest damage technicians usually visit your house from time to time, so it’s crucial that you are comfy with this idea.