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Andrewh, Home Buyer in 31021

who pays for termite inspection?

Asked by Andrewh, 31021 Mon Sep 14, 2009

does the seller pay for it before selling

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It has been awhile since this post has had any responses. I just had a Termite inspection from a local company that charges $25.00 for a termite clearance letter. The payment of a termite inspection can be negotiated.

David Myers
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Like with most anything in Georgia Real Estate, Andrewh, the answer is normally "it depends" which is why as a home buyer, it is a good idea to have an agent representing you. The seller used to have to provide a termite letter which simply showed no active infestation was present. Many sellers had termite bonds, some of which were excellent, and some not so much. The standard procedure was to have the same company who was responsible for annually inspecting and maintaining that bond, submit the letter. This potentially created conflct of interest problems for the buyer down the road. The result is that the buyer now generally gets the property inspected at his expense, including active infestations of any type, which makes more sense anyway. The inspector(s) are working for you, the buyer, and not the seller. Good Luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 14, 2009
You can negotiate who pays for a termite inspection.

Keep in mind if you pay the inspector the inspector works for you. Who's to say the seller does not have a "buddy" that is an inspector who will write them a clear letter no matter what.

If the seller has maintained a termite bond on the property the seller can usually request a letter from that company for free. A termite bond is usually transferable so your pretty safe there.

It's best to hire your own. Much like hiring a home inspector.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 14, 2009
Sometimes the seller. I'd say the pendulum has certainly swung completely over to the buyer beware (Georgia is a Buyer Beware state) side. If you want an inspection you get to pay for it.
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Joshua Jarvis, Real Estate Pro in Duluth, GA
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The seller usually provides a termite letter. For REO, foreclosure or short sale properties, termite letter is not provided, unless the inspection shows termite damage and the buyer ask for it.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Sep 14, 2009
In the state of Georgia the termite inspection is paid for by the buyer during their inspection or due diligence period unless their is a special stipulation written that changes this.
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IN OUR MARKET IT IS USUALLY THE SELLER. HOWEVER, IF IT IS A REO OR BANK OWNED PROPERTY THEY WIILL GENERALLY NOT PAY FOR TERMITE INSPECTIONS.
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