The seller is required to provide a termite clearance letter dated not more than 30 days prior. This stipulates that the home is transferring free of active infestation. A licensed vendor recognized by the state will complete that. If there is an active infestation, they will have to treat it. Donâ€™t be surprised if past infestation is noted, itâ€™s common in GA. I routinely get a â€œrepair and retreatâ€ bond for my clients, look into that as you should keep a bond on the home.
Hank Miller, SRA, ABR
Associate Broker & Certified Appraiser
REMAX Greater Atlanta
Just to clarify my comments - The buyer did state that a stip placed responsibility for the termite letter on the seller. Given that, it's on the seller regardless of what type of P&S is used.
I agree with Andy - unfortunately there are shady guys out there. The best circumstance is for the buyer to order it and the seller to pay for it.
However, as Andy mentioned in his question, he added a special stip requiring the seller to get a termite inspection. In my opinion that was a mistake. Sorry, Andy, but I have to call 'em like I see 'em. Here is why.
Prior to January 2007, the GAR contract stated that the seller had to provide the termite report. Now the Buyer must do so according to the contract. The reason the contract wa changed because believe it or not, there are some unethical sellers in the world. They would hire a termite compnay to do an inspection and if the report came back with a mention of termites the seller would order another company to come out. He would do so until he found a company that did NOT mention termites in the report. Now which report do you think the seller would deleiver to the buyer? Exactly.
That is why you want to get the termite inspection yourself!!!!!
If you purchased the home under due diligence or with a right to inspect you can still have your own termite company come out to do the inspection. It's $75.00 for a termite inspection.
You can also find out who is performing the inspection for the seller and ask to attend. If the seller has nothing to hide this should not be a problem.
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