Whenever I pull up to a house and see an inviting vestibule (where the front door protrudes with a welcoming enclosed entrance) I can hardly wait to have a look under the front door vestibule.
Sing with me now!
(Under the vestibule) out of the suuuunnnn!
(Under the vestibule) we'll be havin' some fuuuunnnn!
(Under the vestibule) people walkin' aboooovvvve!
(Under the vestibule) the termites will be makin' loooovvvve!
Under the vestibule ... vestibule!
Now, the termite guys tell me that 90% of the time when termites are found in a house, it is under the front door.
Because the front door is usually preceded by a concrete something - porch, stoop, slab - which provides a protected, dark, wet space for termites to find affordable housing.
And if water feeds the area or gets in, well, that is an engraved invitation.
A termite colony can contain lots of termites! Billions!
They are incessant, work 24/7/365 and love their work.
You should understand, I could see an 80 pound termite the "other side" would simply say, "Well, he's only a home inspector. You should wait for a termite professional to look at the space."
So, if I see evidence of termites, or damage, or conducive conditions, I just report it with a photo and go from there.
THIS SPACE IS A CONDUCIVE CONDITION!
So, outside we simply look around for why water can be getting in. In this case, poor gutter discharge.
How common is that!
My recommendation: yes, he might just be "only a home inspector," but be sure to hire one to have a look around. Home inspectors LOVE to go under the vestibule (if they can see it) and might even sing the song when they do! You sang the song when you read those lyrics above, didn't you? If they can't see under the vestibule they will point out any conditions conducive to termite activity!
Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC
Based in Bristow, serving all of Northern Virginia.
Office (703) 330-6388 Cell (703) 585-7560