Almost 10 years ago now, our family made the move from California to Texas. Since then, we’ve worked with countless clients relocating to Austin from the golden state. While real estate in California and Austin has a number of similarities, understanding the differences, and what they can mean for your transaction, can be the key to a stress-free real estate experience. In our latest blog series, we unpack the 10 biggest differences between the California and Texas real estate process and how you can use them to your advantage.
Texas vs California Real Estate: Termites
If you’ve bought a home in California, you know that termites are a significant issue, particularly in the coastal cities.
High water tables, homes built on perimeter foundations with crawl spaces and improper drainage all contribute to the terminate and fungus infestation. In fact, it is estimated that more than 60% of the homes in California will have a termite infestation at some point in their useful life. To add to the headache, in addition to subterranean terminates (that live in the soil), California also has airborne termites. (Airborne termites fly which is the reason why you see homes tented to be exterminated.) Check this termite treatment.
Exterminating airborne termites can be expensive, inconvenient and toxic to pets, plants and people.
In Texas, because of the extreme heat, we have subterranean only. You need to install plantation shutters, window shades, blinds, and a wide range of hand-crafted window treatments. You can find window treatments in Charlotte NC here. Couple that with most homes having a concrete slab foundation, and you eliminated water intrusion as a cause for termites.
Subterranean termites can be eliminated by injecting soil with a termicide or several organic treatments which are more environmental friendly.
Both termite and fungus infestations will destroy wood over time. Learning the process of woodworking can be stressful and time consuming. There’s plenty of misinformation out there and outdated strategies. Books are one of the best forms of gaining new information. Woodwork Made Easy’s blog post on woodworking books# discusses the best books for learning the trade.Most infestations when treated early will not affect the structural integrity of the home. However, when ignored for long periods of time structural damage is likely particularly to wood decks, patios and window sashes. But you can hire a Deck Restore Company to come and fix up your deck.
Considering a Move to Austin?
Check out our Austin Relocation Blog, our Guide to Relocating to Austin and our Tips for a Successful Relocation Experience for more tips. Then check out our Austin Home Buyers page to learn why we are the best Realtors to help you relocate to Austin. When you’re ready to reach out, fill out our Relocation Survey, send us an email or call us at (512) 827-8323 to schedule a no obligation consultation.