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Old 06-30-2008, 05:30 PM
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Long story dramatically shortened, we found a house we liked and we're in negotiations to buy. We agreed to a price and a closing date pending credit approval for me and a house inspection. The house was built in 2001, wood frame vinyl siding with block and mortar foundation. the inspector's report says the house has no termite shields[sheet metal pieces] installed anywhere under it. That didn't make me happy, but it also has termites in the house. The inspector believes there isn't much damage or at least not enough for repairs yet. He also said it should be inspected by a termite professional [Terminex] and see what they say. The house was supposedly treated and had a termite bond in the last month or so. My question is, at what point do we back out of the house? The seller is thinking he can get Terminex to treat it and bond it and all will be fine. I'm very leary of this and just about ready to dump it and run. I would be willing to buy it but I want a serious guarantee the house will be there in 30 years. So, sorry for the long post, but I need help and some professional guidance. Thanks for your replies and wisdom because I need all the help I can get.
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:35 PM
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well, in my experiences, if you think its a bad idea, it probably is. You always should trust your instincts. No one will be able to give you any type of gurantee on the house, so I dont know if I could take that risk if it were me. A house is the single most important and expensive purchase you will ever make. I would weigh it heavily.
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Tough situation. There is a lot of damage that can be done in 7 years (since the house was built) Did the report say the extent of the damage? Under the house? In the attic? Heck in seven years they could migrate up through the walls and be all over the house.
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If the inspector has verified that there is no visible damage, you're probably still OK. My last house had termites and we were able to eliminate them and lived in the house for several years after that and never had another problem. Termidor was what they used and had a 5 year warranty on it as well. Termites are a fact of life, but they can be treated. Good luck in your decision!
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Myself and my opinion is keep looking for a different house. Termites damage wood from the inside out. There is no way to be 100% positive you know how much damage is done. I rather not have to worry about possible repairs that need to be done after the purchase of the house.
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Well several years ago my wife got termites in her leg, I just put a little chlordane on her leg, bam! they were gone. No problems since.
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^^^ I needed a laugh. The inspector took pics and it didn't look like much if any damage. My problem is what I can't see. The house looks great overall and felt solid walking through, but I wasn't jumping up and down on the floors either. I'm affraid the termites may have went up inside of the block piers and eating thier way out when they got to the wood. IF, Terminex can bond it and guarantee the house is still sound for 10 years, I might buy it. There's still a list of somewhat minor things to fix, but they are pointless if termites have snacked it away. I can't believe another 'termite guy' gave him a letter saying it was pest free less than month a go. Someone is full of it. So far my guy wins, he documented his stuff with pics and details. The seller made the remark that he had never seen anyone so detailed and dedicated in his life. The inspector checked every plug, appliance, ac, deck, crawl space, roof, and everything in between. Best $300 buck I have ever spent.
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I see a lot of termite infestations old and new, so bad and some not so bad. Most every house has/had some type of infestation at some point. But its really hard to tell without inspecting every piece of wood, and you know what that would entail. So with all that said I think if there are no signs of active colonies the house will probably be OK. But as someone posted earlier, go with your gut.
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They're active, inspector said so. but it looks like they've just started. But that could be like well... an std.
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I agree with Country. Keep looking bro. You dont know whats in them walls, and in the floors. I'd hate for your kids to find out when the fall through the floor, or you do.
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