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How Much Is A Pest Or Termite Inspection?

National Average
$100
Low End
$50
High End
$280

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A termite inspection will average about $100 and range anywhere from $50 to $280. This inspection is usually free when not tied to a home sale. Termite and home inspections are usually separate, though often bundled together. You should have one done at least every two years in low threat areas or annually in high threat areas - or if you see signs of infestation or wood damage.
These are affordable (and often free) preventative measures that can help save you between $1,000 to $4,000 in fumigation costs. Fumigations are not only expensive, but they are a health hazard that drives you from your home for at least a few days. Most states require that these are done by certified pest inspectors.

On This Page:

  1. Pest Inspection Costs for Home Purchases
  2. Termite Inspection & Treatment Estimates
  3. Signs of an Infestation
  4. Cheap Inspections vs. Hiring a Certified Professional

Pest Inspection Costs for Home Purchases

The average cost for a pest inspection is about $100 though most pest control companies offer them free annually. Most home inspection service companies offer them as part of a home purchase service. It will add about $75 to $125 to the home inspection costs of between $300 and $500. Most pest control companies offer free preventative inspections annually.

Termite Letter or Report

If you require a report or official letter for in preparation of a sale or for insurance purposes, you’ll spend about $100 to $200.

Average CL-100 Prices

South Carolina requires a CL 100 South Carolina Wood Infestation Report with all real estate transactions. It’s the official name of a Termite Report and will cost about the same as a letter in other states, or about $150. However, unlike other states, these letters are only valid for 30 days after the inspection date. CL100 expenses can either be part of the closing costs or paid for by the homeowner.

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Wood Destroying Organisms (WDOs) & Other Insect Types

There are about 45 distinct species in the United States. They all fall into one of three categories: subterranean, drywood or dampwood.
  • Subterraneans need to have contact with the soil and build mud tunnels onto the wood from underground nests.
  • Drywoods live in wood with a low moisture content and don’t require contact with the soil. They live in dry climates or areas with older homes where the wood has completely cured.
  • Dampwoods also do not require soil contact but need wood with a higher moisture content. They love humid areas or new construction.
In addition to termites, a CL 100 report – and other new home purchase inspections – also looks for Old House Borers, Powder Post Beetles and damage caused by other insects, such as carpenter ants.

VA Loan Inspections

Costs are the same, or about $50 to $150, for Veterans Administration inspections. The VA requires one in areas with a “very heavy” or “moderate-to-heavy” infestation probability according to the Termite Infestation Probability Map. For condominiums, they only require a pest inspection if the property appraiser spots a potential issue. Property appraisers cost between $250 - $400 most of the time.

Other Home Inspector Services

Home inspectors cost most homeowners between $250 - $400, but don’t automatically check for pests. However, most companies do offer certified pest inspections with the home inspection, often at a discount when bundled together. Most require a trained and licensed service professional.
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Termite Inspection & Treatment Estimates

If you fear the worst – that termites have invaded your home – and you need an estimate for treatment costs, it’s almost always free. Should you have an infestation, termite control services cost between $200 and $850 for residential treatments. Most national companies or local pest control services offer free consultations as a way to earn your business.

One Time vs. Annual Inspection Fees

Regardless of location, you should have one done at least once every two years. In areas with a high probability of infestation, get one annually. There are no cost differences between one-time or annual consultations. Any home with previous infestations will typically need one annually. Your pest control company will offer them free, after a treatment.

Getting a Quote from Orkin, Terminix & Other Pest Control Companies

Most pest control companies, like Orkin and Terminix, have exterminators across the country and come with the peace of mind available from a large and experienced organization. Quotes from the larger companies are always free unless tied to a home sale. They also offer additional pest inspections and treatments for both residential and commercial properties.
  • Orkin is a top-rated national company because of their reliability, return treatment and money back guarantee.
  • Terminix is another top-rated pest control company with free estimates and inspections. They offer a similar money back guarantee to Orkin.
  • Arrow Exterminators is available throughout the Southern US in the high-threat areas. They are a family-owned business.
  • Ehrlich is a nationwide pest control company with similar guarantees to Orkin and Terminix. They provide both residential and commercial services.
  • Western Pest Services located throughout the Mid and North Atlantic region.

Residential House vs. Businesses or Commercial Spaces

While inspections for homes is often free, commercial spaces will usually need to pay. Costs will vary greatly with the type and size of your business. Pest control services always offer a free consultation during which they will determine the costs for commercial properties.

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Signs of an Infestation

Make sure your home is ready. The more areas an inspector has access to, the better prepared they are for fighting an infestation.

Signs of an infestation include:

  • Mud tubes – small mud tunnels that link the wood food source to subterranean termite nests.
  • Damaged wood – it can look crushed at joints and have a hollow sound when you tap on it.
  • Piles of wings – once swarms nest, they shed their wings.
  • Bubbling and buckled paint – though sometimes a sign of water damage, it can also mean insects.

Places to look for damage include:

  • Your deck or fence – One of the first places a subterranean nest will attack is a wood fence or deck.
  • Roof tresses and structure – Drywood termites don’t need ground contact and can live and eat anywhere in the home –roof inspection costs help avoid costlier damage later on.
  • House and shed exterior – Wood sided homes are particularly susceptible.
  • Kitchen and bathroom – Look inside and under cabinets for damage.
  • Basement or crawl space damage – The most obvious places will be close to the ground.
  • Home and garage walls – Check wall studs near the ground.
  • Wood framing, trim, furniture – Termites won’t stop at the home’s walls. They’ll eat anything wood, including your furniture.
  • Swarming insects outside of home. Pay attention to termite swarms looking for a nesting area or during mating. During this time, they often fly in swarms. Swarms happen both when the weather begins to warm in the spring and when a colony matures. There is no specific time frame for colony maturation, though it typically happens after a colony is about three years old.

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Cheap Inspections vs. Hiring a Certified Professional

Always hire bonded, insured and licensed professionals. It’s helpful to ask how many years’ experience the professional has. When you go with a cut-rate inspector, you are risking thousands of dollars in fumigation and restoration costs when the price difference between cheap and professional is usually less than $100. Know what to expect from a termite inspection.
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