Why Pre-Purchase Rodent Inspection is a Must for All Buyers
A pre-purchase rodent inspection will give you complete peace of mind, reduce risks, and potentially save you thousands of dollars in the long run.
Just as you would consider a standard building inspection report before you make up your mind on whether you should invest in a property, you should also know beforehand if a property under consideration has (or will have) a rodent infestation.
Let’s look at some of the main reasons why a rodent inspection is a MUST before you buy a new property!
You Don’t Have to Regret Later
Imagine spending your hard-earned money on purchasing a new property in LA and then realizing that it’s infested with rats or mice.
Rodent infestations can put your family in harm’s way, result in several thousands of dollars in damage in walls, attic, ventilation, ceiling, etc. and reduce the overall value or rental income potential of a property.
Needless to mention, you’ll also need to spend money to get rid of the rodents.
A pre-purchase rodent inspection gives you the confidence that you are investing in a rodent-free property in Los Angeles.
A Property Inspection Is Not a Substitute for a Rodent Inspection
Many property inspection companies bundle up rodent inspection with their home inspection plans for an additional $100-$150.
But, checking for potential signs of rats and mice, identifying potential entryway, and inspecting hidden spaces of a building requires specific skills that only a trained rodent control technician can be expected to have.
The only way you can be fully sure if you’re making the right decision is to have a licensed rodent control expert examine the building.
Do Not Rely on Real Estate Recommendations
Even if a real estate agent claims that the property under consideration is pest-free, you shouldn’t take his or her word for it.
Real estate agents often have long-standing arrangements with pest control companies. Some real estate agents may prefer pest control inspectors who do not show you the complete picture.
You should either run a thorough background check on such pest control companies or schedule a pre-purchase rodent inspection with a rodent control company on your own.
You can expect a pre-purchase rodent inspection report to answer the following questions:
- What are the major structural defects in the building that can allow rodents to get inside?
- Where are the potential rodent entryways located?
- Are any fixes required in the building exterior or interior to prevent rodent entry?
- Is there an existing rat or mice infestation?
- How much will it cost to rodent-proof the building, if necessary?
- Are there any conditions favoring rodents?
A professional rodent inspection company will provide you with a detailed, easy to understand report that you can rely upon for making an informed purchase decision.
Negotiate a Better Price
A rodent inspection report will help you assess the actual value of the property you want to buy. You will know if you are getting a good deal on the property under consideration or not.
If there is a rodent problem and you know about it, you will have an upper hand in negotiations. You can ask the seller to reduce the selling price of the property to cover what you will spend on rodent control.
During negotiations, you should also consider the money you may have to spend to rodent-proof the building.
You can also request the seller to rid the property of rodents and carry out rodent-proofing to prevent an infestation in the future before you close the deal.
Pre-Purchase Rodent Inspection Process: How long does it take?
Typically, pre-purchase rodent inspection takes around two hours to complete.
The actual time needed for inspection of each room and examination of surrounding areas, hidden spaces, and high-risk areas such as the attic, basement, sub-floor, roof void, vents, foundations, etc. will vary depending upon the size of the property, the number of buildings, and the property type.
A seller should have no qualms about a potential buyer asking for a rodent inspection. If a seller insists that you should rely on a real estate agent’s rodent inspection report, consider it a red flag!
How to Schedule a Pre-Purchase Rodent Inspection in Los Angeles?
Call Rodents Stop at (818) 583-7287 today to get a free estimate for pre-purchase rodent inspection.
Our rodent control specialists will determine if there are any issues, no matter how small, that need to be remedied.
If we find any evidence of an earlier rodent infestation or have reasons to believe a building may have rodent problems in the near future, we will provide you with the details in our inspection report.
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Paul K.Los Angeles, CA
April 22, 2020
I had a recurrent problem of rats winding up in my attic and had tried a couple of other pest control services over a few years, with the problem always recurring after a short while. I decided to give Rodents Stop a try after reading some of the reviews here on Yelp. They came out and explained how the (essentially temporary) measures I'd taken before would never really keep the rats away for good, due to the scents/pheromones that were remaining in my attic (leading them to keep trying to find ways in).
Kian A. Encino, CA
April 22, 2020
For months I denied the overwhelming reality-I had a major rat infestation! And all my efforts to quell the populating rodents were in vain. After the rats had chewed into my couch trying to get the food left behind by my kids, that's when I knew the problem was bigger than I could handle by myself. All the rat traps, from mechanical to electronic were no match for nature biggest little beasts. It was like trying to get Miley Cyrus to just go away, it's just not gonna happen.
Jay J.Northridge, CA
April 22, 2020
If you have a rodent problem, these are the guys to call! The lifetime guarantee is amazing; what better way to eradicate rodents and make sure they stay gone forever. They check the entire perimeter of your home--top to bottom--to ensure it is completely closed off to any future unwanted guests. They will make as many house calls as needed to address customer concerns. Seriously, give these guys a call. You won't regret it!
Daviozzz A. Los Angeles, CA
April 22, 2020
These guys really know what their doing. I had an ongoing problem for about 6 months, I could not sleep at night, my dog was driving me crazy. They came out and did their famous rodent treatment. No noises for about a month. Thank you guys.
Molly H. Los Angeles, CA
April 22, 2020
Zeev, Heather, Ivan and the rest of the team are fantastic! We knew there was some rodent activity in our attic, but didn't do anything about it until the nasty critters got into our home and actually chewed a hole in the hard plastic elbow of our dishwasher drain line! We called Rodent Stop, and Zeev came out for an inspection and gave us a quote the very next day. We were relieved to have a plan of attack, and Ivan and his team took over the next morning. They started early, and by mid-afternoon had cleared away all evidence of the rodent activity (including all the scent trails). In addition to getting rid of the existing evidence, the team had patched up all of the access points, and left some traps in all the areas that had shown prior signs of activity to avoid future activity. It has been a week, and we are ecstatic with the results. While we heard some scratching activity the first few days (which was likely coming from outside where Ivan's team had patched some access points), the scratching has now ceased. Zeev came back yesterday, and confirmed that all of the "inside" traps -- i.e., those in enclosed spaces (i.e., our living quarters, the attic and crawlspace) -- remain armed and undisturbed, which indicates to us that the patching did the trick. The only trap that went off is in an outdoor shed that needs overall repair, and can't be made rodent proof at this time. That trap did catch one mouse, which was removed and the trap replaced. Assuming there is no further activity between now and Friday, we'll move forward with the new insulation in the attic, and be done -- all in very short order. Thanks Rodent Stop!!!
Sean M. Los Angeles, CA
April 22, 2020
Rodents Stop made a lot of promises when they first came out, I thought it was to good to be true but wow, what an amazing service. From the office staff to the employees actually doing work. My problem was on going for about 2 years, I know right, who would deal with something for that long, the truth is that I tried other companies and they really didn't do much. Not to mention they didn't solve my problem. All other companies know how to do is set traps, they don't clean up, they don't seal openings, and they don't spray for disease. Also no one offers a life time guarantee like rodents stop. I like that. I feel like I just moved into a new house. It's been 2 months now and I'm actually getting some sleep at night. No dead rats in traps, no flies, nothing to do with rats or mice what's so ever. Thanks Rodents stop.
Rachael S. Bellflower, CA
April 22, 2020
I emailed them a couple of times desperate for service. It says they service the Los Angeles area (which should include Bellflower). I'm disabled and live alone with my small dog. I've been fighting mice for 2.5 years but am in desperate need for someone who really knows what they are doing and has a lifetime warranty because my dog and I have become infested with some kind of parasites that the mice brought in. I have several lesions and a huge infection on my back from the parasites. I left them my email and phone number with no response. I can't find another company with their experience, ratings, and guarantee and I'm really desperate for help and really disappointed they haven't contacted me. Again I emailed you last night, and got zero response today. I don't get it. As long as I give you the review you want, you ignore me? But as soon as you don't like my rating, you'll move heaven and earth to talk to me??
Paul M. Sherman Oaks, Los Angeles, CA
April 22, 2020
We're selling our house and we needed to get take care of the mess that rats had done to our attic. Zev came out the next day and gave a fair quote for the job. The Rodents Stop crew came out the day after and took care of cleaning and patching the whole house in a timely manner. They were all very professional and very thorough. Heather on the phone was extremely delightful to deal with also. I highly recommend them!