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Does home insurance cover termite damage?

No, termite damage is not typically covered by home insurance.

Home insurance will not usually cover damage caused by termites. This is because home insurance is created to cover you for damage that is sudden or unforeseeable. Damage to your home by termites is not something that happens overnight - it occurs gradually. It's also considered preventable by most insurance companies as you can have specialists assess your home regularly.

Unfortunately, by the time many of us realise we have termites in our home, they've already done considerable damage to it. If you do suspect you have termites, deal with the problem immediately before it gets any worse. Whether you are a prospective homeowner or simply want peace of mind, it's a good idea to have a pest inspection specialist examine your home.

Many policies specifically exclude loss or damage caused by insects, vermin and rodents, so be sure to read the exclusions on your policy disclosure statement when you're looking for home insurance.

Are there any policies you can take out that will cover termites?

Some pest control and building inspection companies offer home insurance when you have a full termite treatment installed. Policies often include timber replacement up to a certain value if termites damage your home. You'll usually be required to have your home inspected annually for termites as well.

Most policies only last for around 3 to 5 years and many pest control companies can't offer you the same level of security and services as insurance companies. Nonetheless, a policy like this could be good to have on top of your home or contents insurance.

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