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A termite inspection is a mandatory precaution in our area.
We recommend our buyers always have the complete series of inspections. If they refuse, they must sign off.
I order a pest inspection during the inspection period too. This is the time for the buyer to know everything about the house and make their final decision.
I recommend that the buyers do a pest inspection as well, though it's ultimately their call.
Roy nailed this one.
Absolutely especially in Florida
Not in new construction since by state law builders have to pre-treat and warranty.
Raoul, it is no longer manditory in our state (except for VA) but we always recommend our buyer have a WDI and pest inspection.
Yes, here at the beach on the Outer Banks of NC, the soil is SO conducive to termites, it would be negligent not to have a pest inspection. I have yet to meet a buyer who doesn't want to pay $75 to know whether there is termite damage or not...
But I order the pest, and the other inspections, AFTER the home inspection. The home inspection typically reveals the most costly repairs, so I gather the repair quotes and submit them to the buyer. If he feels comfortable moving forward after he gets this information, THEN I order the pest, then the septic, then the fireplace, pool, etc.
I know plenty of agents who order all the inspections on the day they go under contract, which I call the 'buckshot' approach...They spend their client's money up front unnecessarily, I believe...
That's why I stagger my inspections. I want to spend AS LITTLE of my client's money as possible, until we determine at each step whether he wants to move forward.
Unless a client says he doesn't want a pest inspection (and then he signs a release with me saying he acknowledges that I counseled him to do so), the answer is yes. Here in the south, people rarely pass on a pest inspection.
Termite inspections are required here in Tennessee.
If necessary yes.