How to Choose a Competent and Reliable Termite Damage Company
Finding termites in your home can be such a burden, but it doesn’t have to be the same with finding the right pest damage service. Still, with the high toxicity of chemicals used to eliminate termites, you have to choose a company that will provide treatment following the strictest safety protocols.
Here are considerations for you to make when choosing a pest damage service:
License and Certification
First and foremost, pick a termite damage service that has a state license and is certified. Keep in mind that licensing requirements are different from state to state. Also, the company you hire must have a termite damage-specific license, because not all pest damage services have a license to work on 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. Get the license number of the company and details about their certification, and verify with your secretary of state and the body that issued the certification.
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.
On top of a license and certifications, you need your termite damage company to be insured, and you should verify such coverage too. This step is absolutely crucial when you’re talking about termite damage. Homeowners’ insurance does not always include termite treatment or repairs, so you need to be act on your own. A damage clause in warranties is also not very common. Before you sign a contract that has a damage clause, first understand its exact coverage. If you think a warranty program is not within your budget, sign up for a yearly termite inspection at least.
Ask your prospective company how they plan to handle your termite problem. Will they use traps or baits? What chemicals? Make sure they present their plan to you in written form for your reference. Ask each of your prospective companies to do that and compare their plans.
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. Also take time to read the contract thoroughly and understand every detail. Definitely, you need a written contract for your own protection.
Lastly, if a company somehow makes you feel ill at ease, it may not be wise to work with them. Remember that this is not going to be a one-shot deal. Pest damage technicians usually visit your house from time to time, so it’s crucial that you are comfy with this idea.