Termite work refers to repair work done in a home to correct infestation or damage from wood pest organisms such as dry rot, fungus, termites (of which there are various kinds), wood-boring beetles and carpenter ants, to name a few. Typically, buyers have homes inspected before they buy so that they are well-informed about the condition of the property. Of the many inspections a buyer might order, a “termite” report is a virtual certainty.
We recommend that a termite inspection report be dome prior to putting your home on the market. In areas where sellers pay to correct termite repairs, a pre-sale report lets sellers know how much they can expect to pay. It also provides information to the buyers that they will certainly want before purchasing the home.
Select a termite inspector the same way you would any contractor. Ask several people who recently had termite work done if they would use the inspector again. In some states, termite inspectors don’t contract to do repair work. In other states, most structural pest control companies do both the inspecting and the repair work. If you’re using the same company to do the inspection and the work, be sure to talk to several people who had work done by the company.
Termite problems tend to vary from one area to the next, so be sure to use a termite company that specializes in your area. Sellers who are not planning on selling immediately should consider having termite repairs completed before they market their home for sale. The house will show better and you’ll have a clean bill of health from the termite company to pass along to the buyers.
The buyer’s lender may require a notice of completion from the termite company indicating that the property is free of any active infestation or damage. If this is the case, the termite work can be done after a buyer for the home is found but before the sale closes.
If you’re concerned that you have termites in your home or place of business, give Dave a call at 1-800-400-6009.