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Choosing termite treatment companies is like hiring employees. You have to check their qualifications and make sure that they’re fit for the job. Not only you’ll invest time in the process, but importantly, you’re putting your money on the table. With competent exterminators, you can get your buck’s worth and your home free of pests.

Before you sign the contract, let these tips guide you on choosing the right company:



1. DO YOUR HOMEWORK

This one’s basic and mandatory when hiring a Termite Control Melbourne company. You may not do all of the succeeding steps manually, but at least, you can cover it by browsing the internet and asking for suggestions.

Researching can take days and you can come up with the list of prospective exterminators before you start the process of elimination.

2. LOOK FOR A LICENSED OR CERTIFIED TECHNICIAN/ EXTERMINATOR

The staple for every exterminating company is a licensed pesticide applicator. If they have certified technicians, they should have at least a supervising licensed applicator.

There are many other licenses that exterminators can have and your task is to check if it’s real or fake. If you find the licenses doubtful, move to another company.

3. EXPERIENCE MATTERS

When it comes to pest control, 10 to 20 years of experience in the industry is the safest bet. Not only this, but you should also check if they have a good reputation with past clients. Individually, you can ask the exterminators of their experience and type of infestations they handled before.

It’s good if you’ll find a company that had serviced known establishments or friends so you can have a firsthand basis on their experience.



4. CHECK THEIR CREDENTIALS AND CONTACT INFORMATION

The same drill with the licenses, check if they have a valid business, environmental, and other permits. This will secure you and your property if something unexpected happened. Anyway, a lack of paper works should already smell fishy to you.

5. ASK FOR THE LIST OF THEIR CHEMICALS

Like what I said before, don’t trust secret formula. Always ask for the company’s list of chemicals so you can check its toxicity, application rates, and precautions. If the company is reluctant to provide one, back off right away.

Although this is quite technical, it’s important to know what chemical touches your house so you can take proper caution. You need to do this if you have kids and pets in the house as well as a garden.

6. KNOW THE RIGHT PRICE

Many factors can affect the extermination cost as termite treatment companies have varying rates too. If you’re planning to hire a national company, don’t be shocked to see thousands of bucks on the receipt. Anyway, cheap isn’t always the right price. Ask the company to give you a breakdown so you’ll know if it’s right to bargain a bit.

Don’t compare your friends’ treatment cost because every infestation is different from another.

7. AVOID A GENERAL PACKAGE OFFER



Some home repair companies offer termite treatment side-service for a low cost. It’s tempting to bite the bait, but I advise that you turn it down. These companies may not have the expertise for the job and will just waste your money.

Usually, side-services don’t have insurances since its just part of a promo.

8. AVOID COMPANIES GIVING A PER-GALLON QUOTE

Remember that the cost of termite treatment should be per square feet and not per gallon. A treatment session will require hundreds of gallons of thinned pesticides, so basing the price on this will cost you more.

9. DON’T ENTERTAIN A COMPANY THAT PRESSURES YOU TO SIGN RIGHT AWAY

Don’t be swayed to sign the contract just because the company said your house is going to collapse in a first glance. Make sure that they conduct inspection first. Anyway, forcing you to sign is outright rude and this can reflect their customer relationship.

10. DON’T AGREE FOR A LOWER PRICE WITH LEFT-OVER CHEMICALS

If you’re tight on budget, some companies may offer you a compromise of using their left-over chemicals for a lower price. These left-over could be accumulated from their past jobs and cannot guarantee the quality of treatment.



11. REMEMBER: NO GOVERNMENT AGENCY ENDORSES PEST CONTROL COMPANIES

If a company told you that the Government Agency is endorsing them, they’re lying. No state agency endorses such service so hearing this from an exterminator is a red flag of more lies in the service. This goes the same with chemical products. If the company pushes you to invest in expensive chemicals just because the government endorses it, back off because they’re trying to rip you off.

12. LOOK FOR A REASONABLE GUARANTEE AND INSURANCE COVER

Treatment guarantees can be around five years, but it can vary from one company to another. Know the terms of the insurance/guarantee and make sure that a regular check-up is included. Also, check if they hold accountability on possible damages on your property or if they fail to remove the termites.

13. OBSERVE THEIR CLIENT RELATIONSHIP ON THE FIRST QUOTE



Having the right services isn’t enough. When you decided to inquire further on a company, you might want to observe their customer relations. Just to make sure that you’re on good terms.

14. GO FOR A COMPANY THAT OFFERS A FREE QUOTE

If you want a glimpse of a company’s service, try those that offer free quotes. From there, you can assess their potential for good business.

15. LOOK FOR A COMPANY THAT CAN SIT WITH YOU TO DISCUSS THEIR OFFERS

Don’t entertain companies who will dismiss your call when you start asking questions. This means that they’re not interested to give a comprehensive discussion about their offers. The eagerness to talk to sends a message of sincerity.

For a successful termite removal, you should have the right termite treatment companies to choose from. Each company is made different so be wise in scouting their offers. Take time with these tips so you’ll get the service you deserve.


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