Sometimes what looks good — in this case, a bit of brand new lumber — is an indication that something might be wrong. In this small crawl space under the steps in this split level house, we noticed a few replaced 2×4’s in a place that shouldn’t really get much wear. That was an indication that there might have been a pest problem.
Sure enough, we began to find other indications of a recent termite problem, and the seller’s efforts to remove signs of the damage. The house turned out to be fine, but the buyer required — rightly so — a thorough pest inspection from a licensed exterminator.