Termites are a maintenance issue here and are nothing to really worry about. Typically, sellers are charged with the responsibility of cleaning termite infestation and repair wood rot when they well a home. So, as a buyer, you have an opportunity to walk into a clean home free of termite.
If you are looking to buy a home, it is good to know that unless the home is bank owned or a short sale, most sellers will pay for termite clearance or it is negotiable.
If you are looking to sell a home, in a normal market it is best to get termite clearance done before hand. However, in this market the termite clearance on who pays for it (buyers or sellers) could be negotiable.
I hope this helps. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions that you might have.
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It's common to find termites in new construction before the house is finished. Termites and San Diego go hand in hand - every house has termites or dry rot damages, the only question is - How much?
I would suggest that you shop termite companies because I have seen a difference of over $700 between estimates.
I can recommend -
Termite Inspector Co.
7590 El Cajon Blvd.
La Mesa, Ca. 91942
Good Luck to you.
In San Diego, sellers typically pay for a termite clearance. That means they will remove any active infestation and replace any rotting wood.
It would depend on the wood, or more specifically, the treatment of the wood:
Also, the tend to migrate from house to house; if there was an older, infested house in the vicinity, it would be an easy matter for them to find your house.
Good luck and may God bless