I have always felt that painting the repaired wood pieces is part of completing job, so that it looks like it did at the time that the buyer wrote the offer.
Many times the termite work has not been done prior to marketing the house, so the buyer has not seen the report until agreeing to buy the house. It should be negotiated in the "repair request" that the work be done and "painted to match". If all the contingencies have already been removed by the time you realize that the seller was not planning to paint it, it usually isn't a big EXPENSE, but it's a pain in the butt to get it done.
As a buyer's agent, if I failed to suggest to my client that he request it to be done, I would probably hire a handyman and pay him to paint it myself (then I would add it to my list of mistakes to never make again!)
Hope that helps -
Exterminators aren't painters and therefore, most companies won't go near re-painting.
It seems odd, but that is the custom in SoCal.
It depends on what your contract says. MOST (yet not all) termite reports clearly state, there will be NO painting done by that company. However in CA most of agetns use the same CAR contract which says the property is sold in the "present physical" conditon as at the time of acceptance of offer. Repairs, i.e. termite work is to be done in a good and skillful manner. If the wood was painted to begin with, one would expect it to be painted afterwards, if not by the temite company, then another service provider.
Hope this helps, Lynda Eisenmann
Most termite companies will state that they are not "painters" and therefore will only repair damaged areas and this can include replacing wood with "primed" wood.
Typically, a buyer should expect the house to be put back in the same presentation/order as it was when they made the contract. If the board/siding/etc were painted before, post repairs the expectation would be that it would be returned to the original state of appearance. Most contracts read that the work is to be "completed" and documented for the buyer.
Rest assured, unlike what Myke said, termites are a reality in California. I have never purchased or sold a home that did not require some termite treatment. So that should not be a concern.
Generally speaking, the termite company does the repairs but not the painting. If you want the seller to do the painting, then put this in your request for repairs. Assuming you are still in your contingency period, this will create a strong negotiating tool to get the painting done. Otherwise, you will have to do it yourself, as it is not customary for the seller to do this.
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THe answer to your question however, depends on the contract. Typically - i would certainly hope that your contract is structured in such a way that the seller is responsible for repairs that are a result of inspections - or that at the very least, when this problem was found - you negotiated with the seller to pay for the repairs.
That being said - I would argue that repainting is simply a part of performing the remedy to the inspection, and yes - the seller should pay for that. At the very least they should run down to the home depot and buy a can of paint, and spend 20 minutes making it look nice.