Why Would a Home Inspector Lie About Termites or Damage?
Termites can cause a homeowner thousands of dollars of damage to their home. Many people will enlist the help of a home inspector to check their current or potential home for termites. Unfortunately, some home inspectors will attempt to conceal whether a property is infested with termites. There are several reasons why a home inspector might lie about the existence of termites. If a termite home inspector deceived you or a family member, you should consult with an experienced Baltimore termite infestation lawyer today. At Whitney, LLP, our termite damage lawyers can help you hold a fraudulent home inspector liable for their actions. Our firm is here to explain why a home inspector would lie about termites or damage.
3 Common Termite Inspection Scams
A deceptive home inspector will typically lie about a termite infestation if they perceive a way to profit from the situation. Under other circumstances, an individual that is not certified as a home inspector may attempt to pose as one to get you to purchase termite inspection services. That is why it is important to learn to spot the signs of a termite inspection scam.
As mentioned, one common termite scam is calling a homeowner while impersonating a termite inspector. This person will likely tell you that they work for an extermination company and that it is time for you to receive an inspection. Unless you have received a termite inspection from this company in the past, it is wise to assume that this caller could be attempting to deceive you.
Another similar scam is when a person knocks on your door and claims to be a representative of a termite control company. This alleged representative will likely claim that your neighbors are dealing with a termite infestation that could easily spread to your home and offer to handle the problem. It is rare for a pest control business to employ these types of practices, so you should investigate the company before you even consider their services.
Planting termites in your home is another possible scam that some home inspectors may attempt to use. This scam is usually perpetrated when a fraudulent termite inspector will offer to inspect your property for free. The inspector will then return to you with a termite or multiple termites and inform you that you have a serious infestation. What some homeowners don’t know is that the inspector likely brought those termites into your home to strategically place.
After planting evidence of termites, the inspector will likely offer their extermination services on the spot. Fearful of the termite infestation spreading, the homeowner often pays the inspector to handle the problem immediately. Be wary of inspectors that not only offer free inspections but that also have their extermination equipment readily available.
Partial Termite Extermination
There are various signs that a home is infested with termites. For example, you may find insect droppings or skin that was shed by multiple termites. Additionally, you may also hear unexplained scratching sounds inside wooden beams or within other wooden structures around your home.
Another deceptive practice that fraudulent inspectors often use is showing the homeowner that they have termite damage and informing them that they can handle the issue. Once the homeowner agrees to purchase the inspector’s services, they will then use cheap chemicals to exterminate only a portion of the termites in your home. The homeowner will then believe the issue was resolved and will be unaware that the infestation will continue to spread. In certain cases, the infestation may exaggerate the prevalence of termite damage.
Once the infestation has become worse, the pest control company may contact you to perform an annual inspection where they will then find another infestation. To avoid being caught in this endless loop, you should investigate the pest control company before you hire them to perform any work. If you are unsure about the company’s reputation, you should find another company to perform an additional inspection and to exterminate the termites.
These are just a few reasons why a home inspector may lie about the existence of termites. If you were the victim of a different type of termite infestation scam, our firm could help you build a case against the home inspector and their employer.
Our Maryland Termite Inspection Fraud Attorneys are Ready to Work with You
If you or a family member received a fraudulent home inspection about the existence of termites in your home, you should contact an experienced Maryland termite inspection fraud attorney. The dedicated legal team at Whitney, LLP understands the shock of being a victim of fraud and we are prepared to fight for you. Our attorneys possess decades of legal experience in several types of termite cases, and we will use that knowledge to represent you. To schedule a free legal consultation, call Whitney, LLP at (410) 583-8000.