Termite inspections used to be required by lenders, but it’s not the norm any longer. However, when a pest inspection is requested by the buyer, it could be countered out of the purchase agreement or the seller will consent to having an inspection.
What most people don’t know is that the pest inspector not only looks for termites, but also for dry rot and leaking shower pans. The inspector fills up a portion of the stall shower with water to see if it is leaking. If it is leaking, a number of tiles must be removed and the bottom of the shower is hot mopped. The tiles are then replaced and matched as well as possible.
If wood posts need work and fascia boards need dry rot removal or replacement, the termite company will do the work, but will usually just prime the new wood, not paint. The seller can have someone else do the work, but will have to have the termite company return to check the work, which will cost more money for re-inspection.
The inspector must issue a report to the seller and issue a completion report upon finishing the work. These reports are filed with the state.
VERY IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER: If you have one termite inspection done and you’re not happy with the findings, DON’T have another pest control company inspect. A seller is responsible for all termite inspections performed and is liable for all the findings in both reports. It can be very costly and not necessary!
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