In California, It is common for the home seller to pay for a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) inspection and pay for Section 1 items, while the buyer pays for Section 2 items. However, when buying a home everything is negotiable. Here’s how to get the most out of your termite inspection:
Request a walk-through of the house so the termite inspector can show you each area of concern. He or she should be able to explain the extent of the damage and what that will mean as far as extermination options.
If there are areas of your house that you have trouble accessing, such as an attic or crawl space, ask the termite inspector to take digital pictures of the termite damage. (Best Rate Termite normally takes pictures of every finding and includes it on your report).
Even though California law requires that termite reports be clear and easy to understand, very few are. Ask your termite inspector to explain any questions you have and to list out all your options, including what will happen if nothing is done. (Best Rate Termite believes every home and home owner’s needs are different and works hard to find a solution for your specific needs.)
If the termite inspector suggests a full tenting, always ask if there are smaller, more direct (and cheaper) efficient methods available. For instance, if the termites are only in your deck, then the whole house might not necessarily need to be fumigated.
Bring in multiple termite companies to bid on the job. While they should all come back with the same findings, they may have different recommendations. Also, if they are aware that you are gathering bids, they may offer a more competitive pricing.
Some sellers will have a termite inspection performed before they put the house on the market to prove to potential buyers that it is structurally sound. Others will wait until they have a buyer on the line and have the inspection performed during escrow.