If you've moved into a home that has had a termite treatment recently, then the previous owners may have left you warranty documentation from the pest controller that treated the termites. The treatment seems to have worked, but you want to double-check this cover now you own the property.
Is the warranty transferable? Do you need to do anything with it?
Are Termite Treatment Warranties Transferable?
Typically, termite warranties apply to a treatment that was given to a specific property. They aren't owned by the previous people who hired the pest controller. They apply to the home and garden itself.
So, if you were to have problems with termites in the future, then the warranty should still hold as long as it is within date and the problem qualifies for cover in the warranty's conditions.
Should You Call the Pest Control Company?
While you don't have to tell the pest control service that you now own the house with the warranty, it's worth letting them know. They can put your mind at rest by confirming that the warranty will stay valid.
It's also a good idea to talk to the company or contractor to double-check that the previous owners met any warranty conditions. You also need to find out if you need to do anything to keep the cover going.
What Do You Need to Do To Keep the Warranty Valid?
While termite warranties give you protection against problems like the return of termites, treatment failure, and future damage, you don't necessarily get blanket coverage. The warranty may have exclusions if you don't do some work yourself to keep termites at bay.
For example, say the pest control service told the previous owners that the warranty would be valid as long as they moved their wood pile away from an external wall. However, they didn't get around to doing this. The logs are still stacked up against the wall.
To keep cover going, you may have to move these logs yourself to meet the warranty conditions. You may also need to arrange future pest control inspections.
These may be a condition of the existing cover or may be rolled into warranty extensions. For example, the pest controller may offer an extension if you have a termite inspection every year.
So, to check your coverage and find out if there is anything you need to do, call the pest control company to find out where you stand.