From the plumbing to the insulation, there are a whole list of things you should be looking for when you are shopping for a new home. But, there is one sneaky problem that may just slip right under your radar when you are checking out a house which has the potential to be your next home: Termites. buying a new home only to discover it has termites can be one of the most frustrating experiences you ever face--especially because termites can mean structural issues. So, before you make a commitment to buy any house, make sure you get familiar with the telltale indications of termite problems first.
Look for mud tunnels on the foundation
Termites construct tunnels to travel through on hard surfaces around the structure of the house. These veins of mud and dirt will be especially noticeable around a concrete foundation, so take a walk around the outside of the house with your eyes peeled for odd lines of mud along the concrete. If the house has a basement, make sure you check the walls there for mud tunnels as well.
Test the density of solid wood components
Termites can spend years working on the inside of a house before anyone notices because for the most part, they will stay tucked away and concealed inside of wood. While the exterior appearance may not change, the density of the wood will because the termites will eat tunnels throughout the material. Simply knocking on the wood and listening for hollow sounds can sometimes help determine if there is interior damage to the wood you cannot see. If a house you are viewing has solid wood components, knock or tap on the wood and listen for changes in density. If something sounds hollow where it should not be, there could e a termite infestation hidden inside.
Be alert to bubbled paint
Bubbled paint is most often associated with water damage, but bubbled paint can also be relative to termites as well. Termites will gnaw their way right through wooden panels, but they will usually not break through painted surfaces. Therefore, wooden panels that have been painted over may look like the paint is starting to bubble out. Additionally, termite damage can allow moisture to slip through wood, but moisture will not seep through most types of paint. Therefore, even if it looks like bubbled paint is caused by moisture problems, the real root cause could be termites.