Why DOING THIS Could Sell Your Home – Pest Control Services in NJ explains

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Want Your Home SOLD?  Pest Control Services in NJ shares valuable tip

If you are selling (or thinking about selling) you should read this.

*Real Estate Agents, feel free to forward this article to your clients

The real estate market is beginning to improve in our area. This is around the time that many homeowners begin to prepare their home to list or sell. The list of things to do is vast and this can be a stressful time. With that in mind, it is helpful to think of things BEFORE they arise. This is where we come in. We would like to explain a story that we have heard all too often. Perhaps this tidbit of information will be helpful to you and help sell your home.

A clean termite certification is required to sell homes in our area. This is particularly true for any property or structure that is being purchased with a mortgage. In New Jersey, the majority of homes are sold with FHA mortgages. This is because the down payment is less than the standard 20%. Generally speaking, it’s the most affordable option for home buyers. Now you may be thinking, what does this have to do with pest control? The answer is: Everything.  FHA has strict guidelines regarding wood destroying insects and frankly, there is no getting around it. If there is evidence of damage or active insects, the bank can refuse to lend the buyer money until it is taken care of. Did you know that the seller could be responsible for all (or some) of the corrective work and treatment? Did you know that the buyer has the right to terminate the contract under the inspection clause? This is not meant to scare or intimidate, it is to help you understand the process. Whether you think your house is free and clear of bugs or not, you really will not know for sure. Your home should be inspected and treated prior to getting to that point. We want to share with you common stories of what occurs when things like this happen.

Sellers prepare their homes for sale in many different ways. The effort in getting to the point of listing a home is not for the weak. It is hard work if you want to do it right and sell fast. Many customers share with us the work they put into preparing their home, as we have listed much of it below. We have worded it the way most of it was communicated with us.

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The House Gets Prepared to Sell

  • Weeks and days were spent organizing and tidying up
  • Every closet was purged and things were donating or trashed
  • Trinkets were packed away and personal pictures were all taken off the walls
  • The house was cleaned and clean again. It never looked so clean
  • Fresh paint was applied to the walls, everything was painted that looked dingy. Everything.
  • Carpets cleaned and hardwood was polished and look better than new
  • Lists were made and every minor detail was addressed with precision

 

The House is Listed

  • Located and signed with a Realtor you trust and like (harder than most think)
  • Every day you keep the house tidy and neat, just in case it is shown
  • You pick up, vacuum and turn on lights before the buyers arrive
  • If you are home, you rush to make it perfect and then head out the door in a frenzy
  • If you are not home, you pray the house is in good shape and the buyers like it
  • You are afraid to cook or do anything that makes the house dirty
  • Time is ticking, where are the buyers?

 

Finally…Buyers

  • They view the home multiple times as excitement builds
  • Your Realtor works hard to have something put together in the form of an offer
  • The offer comes and negotiations begin
  • You have offer and acceptance and everyone is relieved
  • The buyers and sellers choose a lawyer and Attorney Review begins
  • After a few days the review is complete and the buyers schedule their inspections
  • Calls are made as friends and family share congratulations

The House is SOLD!…  Not so Fast.

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After reading all the steps that it took to get to this point, you probably know where this is heading.  All of this is normal and expected so far, right? So although each story may be slightly different, the lesson we are going to share is the same. Keep reading.

What You Did Not Know Can Hurt You

Until the buyers line up and complete the home inspections, the celebrations are preliminary. Like heading for a touchdown and celebrating too early, you are tackled unexpectedly.  You did not know, or maybe you knew but did not understand.  You told people it was sold and you started to pack.  Then the reports roll in. Why are you getting a report as thick as phone book about your home? Now What?

What You Need to Know

Every home inspection will produce lists of things to be fixed, repaired or changed- even in brand new homes. If you are a seller and think your home is exceptional, chances are you will be shocked at what will be found. Advice? Prepare for the worst and hope for the best.   But here is the GOOD NEWS: regardless of what is in that report, you have people working on your behalf to get it resolved. Most times it is stressful, but negotiated or handled faster than you thought.  Unless it is wood destroying insects, termites or structural damage. These are the things buyers have a hard time getting over. Please also remember that FHA regulations are strict when it comes to this subject and they may not lend the buyer money. Any form of infestation or damage could kill your deal. Even if it appears the damage was from the past and the termites are not active, it does not matter. Sometimes this is all that it takes to scare the buyers away. There could be nothing you can say or do to stop them. They can walk away.  Imagine after all of the work that you have done to get to this point, the deal dies? No one deserves that, especially if it could have been avoided. This why it should be addressed in advance, but it was never suggested to you.

 

Arranging for Pest Control Services in NJ can help you sell your home

In fact, your realtor can share with buyers that the home has been inspected and treated; with no signs of infestation or damage. Buyers like to feel secure and this type of action deems you trustworthy and meticulous. If you take care of this small detail, they will feel as though you probably cared for everything else in the same fashion. If you learn anything, it is that you should not leave this type of inspection to “chance”.

Our team is experienced and prepared in treating, removing and/or exterminating many types of nuisances. Here are a few of the most common Pest Control Services in New Jersey:

  • Termites
  • Carpenter Bees
  • Carpenter Ants
  • Powder Post Beetles
  • Wildlife in Attics (or Chimney)
  • NJ Bed Bugs
  • Cockroaches
  • Mice and Rats
  • Bees and Yellow Jackets
  • Hornets (and much more)

 

Our slogan is “We Kill Your Pests, Not Your Budget”, and we mean that. It is why we have been chosen as Contractor of the Year by Home Advisor. We are a local business that relies solely on referrals. When you work with us, you are working with the owner of the business. We are not a large corporation that views you as a number, we are a hard working NJ family- just like you.

Obtaining a clean termite certification does more than deliver you peace of mind. This simple act speaks to the buyer and buyer’s agent about the type of homeowner that you are.  It demonstrates your commitment and diligence to caring for the home, something every buyer feels good about. Contact us to arrange for your home termite inspection and treatment today.

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Tips to Rid of Household Ants – Toms River Pest Control Service explains

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Got Ants? Toms River Pest Control Service Shares Tips

We live in a very busy world. Often people use the simplicity of purchasing from a fast food restaurant when they don’t have the time or the energy to put forth the effort into making a meal themselves. Guess what else shares in this same practice? ANTS.
This “quick fix” practice of obtaining food fast can often be seen in the daily routines of the most common house hold ants. There are four main species of ants that dominate in households throughout New Jersey and Toms River pest control services are predicting to see more this year than ever. The Carpenter Ant, the Citronella Ant, the Pavement Ant and the Odorous House Ant. Out of the four species of ants mentioned, the Carpenter Ant is the only one that is destructive to wood structures, the others do not pose a threat to a home except annoyance. The aggravation and stress of opening the window to your “Ant” drive thru fast food restaurant can become overwhelmingly frustrating for many households, so here we share informative details and tips.

What do most ants in NJ have in common?

Citronella Ants, Pavement Ants and Odorous House Ants share similar characteristic of nesting, mating, desire of food and survival. You can find these colonies of ants outside under large rocks, mulch, and concrete slabs or living within your gardens, lawns or next to the homes foundation. They are all addicted to sweets. If giving a preference, these ants will all choose to nibble on a sweet food source. The ant colonies that live outside can often satisfy their addiction by eating the sweet nectar from flowers. However, if you provide ants the means to enter into your home, they quickly welcome the comfortable temperatures, ample amounts of water supplies and especially your unwanted crumbs and sweet food sources.

How do they get in?

They enter the home through expansion cracks in slabs, around window, door openings and any gaps that create a point of entry. Consider these points of entry as an illuminated fast food sign attracting new customers (the ant) into your home. Your window could be the “golden arches” to a large colony. Once inside, they become experts in finding what they need to survive. They have an ample amount of water around sink drains, water pipes and even under toilets. They will nestle in comfortably in wall voids, under floors, insulation, carpets and even in dishwashers. However, what attracts them the most to your home is the abundance of food sources that most houses supply. As Toms River pest control companies can easily demonstrate, one small speck of sugar left on the counter is all that it takes. Now imagine their excitement when they come across even a teaspoon of sugar or a half-eaten cookie, potato chip or even a grape that has fallen onto the floor or left on the counter. It’s a feast enough for the whole colony and plenty to store for the winter months. That statement seems extreme, but it is very true.

Where do they all come from?
Just as you would expect to see a long line of customers wrapped around a fast food restaurants window if they were giving away free food, the crumbs accidently spread onto your floor will create a similar long line of ants. You are essentially giving away free food and they are sending out a beacon to let all their friends know. Ants have an amazing ability of leaving directions for other ants to follow in the form of a scent called pheromones. This scent will give other ants the exact area where the party (food) has started. Ants are also known for eating dead insects and spiders, grease, small seeds and any human food provided. All three of these species of ants are common household nuisances often seen in New Jersey homes.

How do I know what kind is in my house?

Although many might find this difficult, you can identify which species of ants have invaded your home by a few distinguishing characteristics. The Pavement Ant and the Odorous House Ant share similar physical body color. Both are dark brown or black. Whereas the Citronella Ant have a distinctive dark reddish brown or yellow color. One specific, however gross way to determine which species of ants are causing you and your family stress is by squishing them. The Citronella Ant will emit a lemon like scent and the Odorous House Ant will emit a blue cheese or rotten coconut smell. You can also distinguish them by their physical appearance if you view photos of each species of ants. However, other than the Carpenter Ant, none of the three species of ants will cause any health or household damage. Most people just want them gone because they are bothersome.

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You can simplify your life by eliminating the food source and following these tips:
1. Fix all close all possible points of entry
2. Sweep and dispose of all crumbs after each meal
3. Do not eat in any other room other than kitchen and dining room
4. Keep all wood debris away from foundation of the home
5. Repair any and all leaky pipes
6. Eliminate standing water from any area of the house
7. Use proper food containers as storage and seal all opened bags.

Contacting a professional Toms River pest control service is generally a lot more affordable than most people think. After investing in multiple over the counter traps and dangerous sprays, many find that an exterminator is cheaper than those methods. Close down the golden arches with our reputable and affordable service by clicking here.