Is fumigation something that the seller is contractually obligated to do? If so, it should be done before close of escrow. If it is something that you want to do before occupying the house, I doubt that the seller will allow it. My advice to the seller would be â€œnoâ€. The house is not yours yet, so you cannot do anything to it without the sellerâ€™s permission. Sellers are generally not willing to do so. They have nothing to gain and much to lose if something goes wrong.
You have the liability of the fumigators on the property before it closes. Workers will be climbing on the roof, turing off the utilities, etc. Technically it is still the seller's property. What if someone hurts themselves? What if the house suffers some other damage? What if the lender doesn't fund? Who is financially responsible?
If you have a contract that requires a section I clearance and the fumigation is part of that, then the seller has the obligation to get it taken care before close of escrow (in most circumstances).
I'm guessing you bought it as-is and are anxious to get started on fixing a few things before you move in. You might be under the gun to get out of your current home by a certain deadline, etc.
If you had asked at the beginning, you might have unnecessarily complicated your negotiations with the seller. A few other little missteps like that in what is supposed to be an easy to close, as-is, deal could cost you in terms of price or being chosen or not chosen to get the deal.
Like I said before, you can ask.
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There are a few variables. Is the home vacant? Is the fumigation a condition of closing? Are you paying or is the seller paying. As I understand it, you are doing this on your own accord. If you are confident the loan will fund and you will close on time, the property is vacant, you need to have your agent contact the listing agent to see if this is permissible. The answer will again depend on the variable surrounding the deal.
If it is vacant there is a chance to negotiate this. Talk with your agent.
If it was not done, there is no harm in asking, though I would not pin too much hope on the sellers agreeing at this late date.
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