Before you make the big move into a house have it inspected. Most of the time you have to have a professional come out and do this-however you can do a little inspection of your own first before you fork over the dough for someone else. Specifically check for termites. How to do this *I had my disclaimer here that I am not a professional and if you do this you're doing it on your own knowledge, and you're own free will- not based off of this post* Check for a mud trail. Termites come from the ground up into your home. Look at the cement foundation on the entire perimeter of the house. Do you see a skinny mud line anywhere on the brick? If so chances are there could be termite damage. If you suspect this may be the case be sure to point it out to the inspector.