Termites…sneaky, wood destroying pests that can cause more damage to your home than a tornado, hurricane, or flooding and are rarely covered by your homeowner’s insurance. These destructive pests can extensively damage a home before you even know it. They eat wood from the inside out…working in hard to find, sneaky areas.
Everything can appear solid and sturdy until the wood one day gives in. To the inexperienced eye, it’s quite difficult to detect these nuisances. On top of it all, the process of a termite and wood destroying pest repair inspection can be a bit confusing.
Image courtesy of PestWorld.org, a helpful resource for more information about termites.
How does it work?
Generally speaking, prior to the acceptance of an offer, the buyer and seller will come to an agreement of whether an inspection will be performed (usually yes due to lending requirements), who will pay for it, and what repairs will be done. The Residential Purchase Agreement will specify the who will pay for it and another document, the Wood Destroying Pest Addendum (WPA for short), can go into greater detail explaining what will be inspected, who will pay for the inspection, and if repairs are required, who will pay for the repairs.
Every negotiation is different, but generally speaking…the buyer agrees to pay for the inspection and the seller pays to repair the “Section 1 Recommendations” (i.e. wood repair, spot treatment, and sometimes tenting).
After an agreement is made, the inspection is conducted. During the inspection, the inspector can recognize whether there are warning signs of termites and other wood-destroying pests such as carpenter ants. If damages are found, they can also decipher whether it’s based on current activity or if it’s leftover damages from previous infestations. If a home was previously treated for termites, the inspector should also provide documentation displaying past treatments, repairs, and recommendations. Once the inspection is complete, the inspector will present their findings in a report and repair (if any) will be abided based on established contractual agreements. While a termite inspection can be pricey, this is one investment that’s worth it!
Does an out of state buyer need to be at the inspection
No they don’t, however, we’re able to virtually bring in out of state buyers to the inspection. With the beauty of technology and our team, out of state buyers can view the entire inspection in the comfort of their home or office.