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I'm buying a new home and at inspection it has termites. When the owner gets rid of them, will this be an on going problem? If so I will back out.
Chris from NJ
All houses with Termites can absolutely be corrected.
As long as the damaged portion of the structure was properly repaired or replaced by a licensed Carpenter and an exterminator has treated the building for Termites and an ongoing annual Termite inspection is scheduled, The Termites will not return.
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I was a Realtor/Broker for many years when I was younger. A NEW home with termites? It would be a very Red flag to me. I'd keep looking around.
Remember that the seller's agent, unless otherwise
stated, works 100% for the seller and the seller's interest. If the seller is also an agent, that fact must be disclosed in the beginning of your first conversation in most states, I understand. If no agents are involved, you open yourself up to a tremendous responsibility which you might regret for the rest of your life. I'd get a "buyers broker", who will work 100% for you and your best interest.
It might have been built with cheaper wood and possibly on an old construction site trash pile like older neighbors say ours was when we bought it over 30 yr. ago.
Termites are two feet under the ground ALL OVER THE EARTH, except in volcanoes and oceans, I'm told by exterminators whom I worked with.
Regardless, there are homes with warranties against
such things, not ALL new homes have termites! Existing ones are only controllable if you pay companies enough money to warrant them, and assume responsibility to keep up with when they are to "inspect" for them. It could be that the house was excavated poorly, has poor drainage, has poor soil
beneath the foundation, has it's own AND the neighbor's termite colonies breeding, equal to a
WHOPPER of a problem, you bet! Worse if there's
*flood/natural disaster history
*school districts' reputation proximity
*sexual predators nearby/ratio
*public transportation proximity
*local complete shopping/medical facilities
*future plans for highways/tollroads/easements in
immediate/surrounding areas via city planner
maps, council proposals, bond programs, eminent
*total taxes required/previous years utility bills
*seller's disclosure statement/all papers fully signed
*any ailing foliage (Winter is the "cover-up" time of
the year for unscrupulous sellers to sell to
*neighbors o.k., any tantrum throwers, dog breeders,
high crime, motorcycles/gangs/partiers/deaths/unusual
*age of major equipment/appliances/meters/add- ons
Try to get all of the above topics/questions answered, or as many as possible in writing, as well as any original papers/warranties for your own protection/consideration. Work as quickly as you can, or get a good agent working for your interest. If you do not, it could mean kicking yourself for having expenses of going to court later should you find out afterward and need to try to recoup some of your losses.
It could also be considered your own fault by a judge
should you fail to get this in writing prior to buying house. Should you buy from the owner directly, you
may both forget something essential because it is very complex nowadays. Have any contracts, legal documents looked at by your attorney!
Sorry that I am not qualified to give you legal advice
but this is the sort of thing I tell folks to help when I can, that I can remember.
Hope this helps you, although this list is not all inclusive, check your local laws and ordinances, particularly deed restrictions that may be hidden in the original restrictions or added later on by the city. Good luck and God bless you.
Yes, it will be an ongoing problem because the stuff that was used to kill them is no longer sold because it was very hazardous to human health.
You probably live in a termite infested region.
My suggestion is that you go to Home Depot and look in their pesticide aisle. They have baited traps that can be put in foundations that you HOPE will work and which will require refilling. Also have a good talk with 2 different termite control companies and find out what you can do for prevention and cure.
And then decide if you want the house.
I'm an experienced real estate agent in a part of the country where termites are common. IF the termites are properly treated by a licensed pest control technician, it should not be a recurring problem. Many pest control professionals will provide some type of warranty to help ease your mind.
It is important to note that, while the termites that are currently there can be treated, you also need a good termite prevention program. You see, even if you kill the termites that are present now, you also need to do everything you can to keep new ones from showing up. And remember, if you choose not to buy this house because of previous termite investation, termites can show up at any other house you may buy!