As almost all residential homes are wood framed in California, Pest Inspections are vitally important in understanding the condition of the home. Unfortunately, most home owners do not really think about wood destroying organisms (termite or fungus) until they are ready to sell their home.
Remember, it is not only termite, but fungus resulting from prolonged moisture damage to the wood. So we will see a lot of damage around the eaves or door frames and other areas where moisture can collect and not get noticed over time. As we say in the business, it is not a matter of “if,” but “when” you have damage.
When the damage is severe or if the termites bury themselves deep into the framing where it is not easy to get to them, they have to fumigate the entire property. This is why you see houses tented in neighborhoods for several days. Killing the termites by gassing them.
Lenders may not be very concerned with whether you have appliances or HVAC which are not properly functioning. But they will be very concerned if the structural integrity of the framing is compromised behind the sheetrock and the buyer does not want to have them corrected because it may be a lot of work.
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