Finding a bunch of termites lurking around your property can be disheartening to say the least. If you are dealing with any unwanted pests, you need to turn to the help of a licensed pest control company who can get rid of the termites for you. However, it isn’t always easy to find a company that is going to work for you and your needs. As you prepare to find a termite control company, there are a few dos and don’ts to bear in the back of your mind.
Find out what type of insurance the company offers.
This is especially important when it comes to dealing with termite infestations. You homeowners’ insurance policy isn’t going to cover problems with termites or repairs, which means you have to be proactive in finding a reputable company who knows what it takes to get the termites out of the house and prevent additional infestations from creeping in. If there is a damage clause in your service contract, you need to make sure you have a thorough understanding of what the warranty covers and what it doesn’t.
Only hire someone that can meet the licensing requirements for your state.
Licensing requirements are going to vary from one state to the next. Some states are a lot stricter than others when it comes to what they require from contractors. You want to make sure that the company you are looking to hire has the proper licensing in place for your state. Ask to speak to some of their other customers to see what they think about the company and the job they did for them. See if their termite problem ever returned or not.
Have the company explain how they would handle the problem for you.
Ask the company what their process is like if they were to come out to your home to get rid of the termites. Do they use chemicals, baits, exclusions or traps? Have them give you a plan in writing so that you have it for your records. This lets you compare their quote with that of other termite control companies. Knowing what you are getting is crucial to determining which company to hire.
Make sure you read through the fine print.
When you sign a contract with the termite control company, you need to go through everything and make sure that the service you need is covered under the contract. You want to make sure that you have a thorough understanding of what the company is going to do for you. Don’t go with a verbal agreement. Written contracts are always the preferred choice.
Go with your intuition.
If the termite representative is making you feel a little uneasy, you might want to go with another company. You should feel at ease with the person you are letting into your home to handle your termite problem. Since these professionals are going to have to come out to your home on a regular basis, you need to be able to talk with them and feel comfortable letting them in your home to do their job on a regular basis.
Never believe someone is licensed without seeing proof.
Just because a company says they have the proper licensing in place, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t ask to see proof. A company can tell you whatever they want, but you need to verify the accuracy of their information before committing to hiring them to take care of your termites. You can ask for their licensing numbers and then verify them with the secretary of state near you to make sure the information is accurate.
Don’t assume that all licenses and certificates are the same.
Spend time looking into each certification and license individually. Call the licensing agency and ask them what their requirements are. There are a few things that you can ask the licensing company to help you gain a better understanding about the license and what all it entails, such as:
- Are there are certain number of hours needed to get the license?
- When does the license expire?
- Is there a fee required to get the license?
- Is there anything needed to maintain the license?
Don’t allow yourself to be pressured into signing with a company.
Companies that try to rush you into signing a service agreement are often out to gain something. Any reputable company shouldn’t have a problem letting you think about whether you want to sign with them or not.
By spending time going through the information above, you can make an informed decision about what company you should go with and what ones to avoid. Termites are a major problem and need to be taken care of the right way. Make sure you choose someone you can trust to come in and get the job done right.