Real Estate Article

February 7, 2018



​…And Home!.  Many a person who is a head of a household makes this outcry when facing the burdens and responsibilities of having to provide for their families.  They feel so burdened by trying to make ends meet, such as the home mortgage, the taxes, the insurance, utilities, and food.  However, there are much smaller “critters” that can literally “eat” a person “out of house and home” These are pesky little things called termites have been around forever!  Termites are known to eat a lot!   Per Pest World for Kids- sponsored by The National Pest Management Association, “Termite colonies eat non-stop, 24 hours a day, seven days a week!” “They can destroy building foundations, wooden support beams, plastic plumbing pipes, sub-flooring, insulation … even swimming pool liners and filtration systems! Termites can also injure or destroy living trees and shrubs.”

However, we do not want these pesky little creatures in our home to eat up the wooden frames, roofing, window sills, etc.  So why does the real estate industry recommend that an owner of a home regularly schedule inspection and maintenance and to treat the property to control termites before they “eat us out of house and home”? Avoiding the damaging effects of the termites’ ravaging hunger!

The advantages of preventative maintenance boil down to Savings:  If you plan to sell your home, preventative measures are less expensive in costs than having to fix an item after termite damage.  The repairs may add up and subtract from the equity that you have worked so hard to earn on your investment, your home.

Have you seen a tent over a home and wondered, Why that?  That is the indication that the entire structure needs to be treated in treatment.  That is what one would want to avoid having through preventative maintenance. There are various methods in treating against termite, ranging from chemicals to more environmentally friendly (natural) methods. 

Find a reputable and licensed termite company that you feel comfortable working with, or referral from family or friends, or you may ask a realtor, or do your own due diligence search.  Consulting with this type of expert will help you plan for your bottom-line savings!  Saving your home!

This article was written by Nef Cortez who is a licensed Real Estate Broker, Ca BRE # 00560181, licensed since 1976. He can be reached for more information via e-mail at, or website Please feel free to email any questions regarding real estate.