06:46AM | 08/15/00
Member Since: 08/14/00
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My husband and I are preparing to buy the home we have rented since October 1999. Yesterday, we had the home inspected and termites have been found in the back wall of our house. According to the inspector they have not reached the flooring, as of yet.
Our concern is that our bank is giving us a loan for the home and they will need a letter from the inspector stating the termite condition. Could anyone out there send me information on termites? I have felt for months that I have seen signs of termites and the last thing I want is to buy a home that is infested. The home-owner is furious and originally tried to have a friend inspect the house. Thank god for us that his friend was not able to do it.

Any information/guidance would be so much appreciated.


[This message has been edited by bbailey (edited August 15, 2000).]


08:23AM | 08/15/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
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If the termites that are in the house now have not done enough damage to harm the structure, then you should be OK.
Call one (or more than one) pest control company in your area.
Typically, they will get rid of the existing termites, and treat the house/property for a price. They should then provide a guarantee that the house is termite-free. (The seller whould usually pay for this, but) get the contract in your name. Then, you can continue the contract with the termite people to return once a year and inspect, whereupon they will perform any further treatment necessary for a small annual fee. The peace of mind is worth it.
There can be a significant price difference from one company to the next, so you may want to shop around. Some will give free estimates; some charge for the estimate, but reduce the price by that amount if you go with them.
After the work is done, you will probably have to have the house re-inspected. That would usually be the seller's expense.

[This message has been edited by rpxlpx (edited August 15, 2000).]

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