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There are some things to remember regarding termite inspections, termite inspectors and the “Standard of Care”, which guides our industry.
1. Termite inspections are basically visual in nature. We do not destructively probe (unless given written permission by the owner). However, limited probing becomes necessary when it appears damages are evident. Limited probing helps us determine the extent of damages, (i.e. is it patchable or does it need to be replaced). 2. The findings listed on your termite inspection report should be the same or at least similar to other termite inspections you may have on your property, (i.e. I see evidence of this or I see evidence of that), however the recommendations can vary greatly on how to correct the condition. You have the right to shop around. 3. The motivation behind recommendation from a termite company may be a commission. Many termite companies pay their inspectors based on what they charge. Just because a termite inspector makes a recommendation on his report doesn’t necessarily mean the work has to be done the way he recommends it. We are obligated to make honest inspections but some recommendations can be over the top. 4. There is no law that requires a homeowner to provide a termite inspection and certification prior to selling their homes, however many lenders require the certification. Therefore, termite certifications are usually required as part of the real estate contingency.
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