How Much Does a Termite Infestation Actually Cost?
You already know you don’t want termites in your home. The thought of small creatures munching away on the biggest investment you’ll ever make is horrifying. Just exactly how much damage can they do, though?
Here’s a breakdown of the numbers.
- Structural Damage: Termites literally eat away at the structure of your home, and that’s where some of your biggest costs are going to be. The average cost to homeowners to repair termite damage is $3,000, but that can vary widely depending on the extent of the damage and exactly what they ate.
- Cosmetic Damage: In addition to repairing the structure of your home, you may have to do some cosmetic work to hide the damage they did. Termites can create discoloration in the sheetrock, buckling floors, and even peeling paint. Repairs there usually run around $2,000, depending on the material that was damaged and what you choose to replace it with. Hardwood floors, for example, are far more expensive to replace than a few loose tiles.
- The Exterminator: Before you can make any repairs, you have to get the termite problem taken care of, and that can be a bit costly. Within the fee you’re being quotes, you not only have to pay for the cost of the chemical (or bait if they’re using a baiting system), but you also have to pay for the labor and training as well as the actual service hours. You can expect to pay between $4 and $7 per linear foot of your home. Naturally, that will vary based on the guarantee they offer you, where you’re at, and the type of treatment you end up choosing.
Termite treatment may seem a bit costly at the initial quote, but consider it an expensive insurance policy. You’d probably rather have a yearly inspection than deal with the damage from termites. Contact us today to learn more about how to stay termite free.