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Man, I HATE termites-they are so pesky! When I bought my house ten years ago, I had no clue just how pesky termites could be, or how much damage they could do. Then, a friend warned me of all the disasters that could ensue from termite problems, and scared the living daylights out of me! So, as soon as I could afford it, I had the foundation of my house drilled and treated for termites. It cost me $600, but I've since set up an annual contract with my termite company and, as a result, have been "termite-free" for ten years!

There are some things you should know about termites and termite contracts. One is that termites LOVE heat and moisture, both of which are bountiful in the South. Another is that most termite contractors require you to have your house drilled and sprayed beforeyou can establish an extermination contract with them. The cost of drilling and spraying? $500-$1000 on average. After that, your contracted exterminator will come to your house annually to inspect for termites-for only about $100.

Having a termite contract is good for several reasons. The obvious is that you know your house will be exterminated every year, as scheduled. And you also know that these annual exterminations help to prevent future costly termite damage. But another good thing about having a termite contract is that if termites are found during an annual inspection, re-treatment is usually FREE. And although most contracts don't cover damage repair, some do-so be sure to check around!

One thing I've discovered is that all this termite knowledge has helped me not only in my personal life but also in my career as a real estate agent. Ever since I armed myself with such important termite wisdom, I always try to be sure that the houses I sell as a real estate agent are FREE of any active termite infestation. Sometimes, however, that isn't always the case.

www.Dishmag.com / Issue 37 - September 2018
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