Termite Inspection Reports
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Arizona has a national reputation when it comes to termites. “If your home does not already have termites…it will eventually!” While there is no law requiring a termite inspection…your lender may require an Arizona termite inspection report as a condition of lending funds. If your lender does not require an inspection or you’re paying cash…getting a termite report before making the final buying decision is a wise investment.
When buying an Arizona home the termite inspection is every bit as important as the home inspection. Depending upon the home a termite inspection can be more important! Who wants to buy a home infested with termites and riddled with hidden structural damage? Not all termites in Arizona are the same nor is the evidence they might leave to signal their presence. It takes a trained and experienced inspector to detect Arizona termites!
I’m often asked “My realtor knows a good termite inspector…should I let them set up the inspection?”
My answer is almost always…MAYBE!?
Years ago I sat in on a deposition involving a civil litigation concerning a buyer seeking damages against her realtor and the termite inspection company that failed to detect a less common termite species and hidden structural damage.
The plaintiff stated her realtor had recommended the termite company saying she had used their services for 11 years and they were “good.”
When the plaintiff described her definition of a “good” termite company she explained: A business that sends knowledgeable, experienced inspectors to thoroughly inspect a property. They are familiar with all species of termites found in the area. Know how to detect damage both visual and hidden. They provide a detailed report with accurate information.
Under oath the realtor described her definition of a “good” termite company was a reliable business that provides termite reports within the ten day inspection period and does not hamper the transaction.
Realtors work hard for their clients and do not receive compensation for service(s) until the home buying transaction is completed. Information on a termite report can “hamper the transaction” or even terminate a purchase agreement. Many realtors fear a “dirty” termite report or a condition conducive to infestation being listed as it may negate all the work put into completing “the deal.” As a result it’s not uncommon for realtors to gravitate to “good” inspection companies that are more likely provide a smooth transaction.
In this matter the buyer’s expectation of “good” was miles apart from that of the realtor.
If you’re considering buying a home in Arizona…it’s best to research and select an inspector that will meet your expectations! If your realtor recommends a termite inspector find out why they use them? Do a little follow up research…remember GOOGLE is your friend!