. California law does not require that homes be inspected for wood destroying organisms before they are sold.
Even so, most mortgage companies require it so as to protect the collateral for their loan. In addition, almost all purchase agreements include a termite contingency which allows the buyer to withdraw from the transaction in the event of significant termite infestation and damage.
. Termite inspectors look for signs of wood destroying pests such as termites, carpenter ants, rot fungus and wood-infesting beetles. In addition, they look for evidence of pest activity, such as damaged wood, dead insects and termite tubes. They then issue a written report describing every accessible part of the house they inspected and where they found signs of infestation or infections, if any.
. Lenders normally require certification from a pest control company that the structure is free of infestation or infection and all recommendations completed before the close of escrow. The costs of the inspection and repairs are generally paid by the seller but is negotiable.
. To find out if a particular property has been inspected in the past two years go to www.wdopestboard.ca.gov
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