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Megh, Other/Just Looking in Union City, CA

Please help me clear this.

Asked by Megh, Union City, CA Sun Jun 8, 2008

My offer is accepted and I am in process to buy the house. It is clear of termite per seller's inspection, but want my own inspection for a peace of mind. Anyway my sister who lives in San Jose told me the house need to be fumigated whenselling/buying. My agent says no. Do I need to? Please help me to decide.

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Will your inspector not answer this question for you?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Jun 9, 2008
I do order my own termite along with home and chimney inspection. I wonder If i need to fumigate the house as my sister says. She is not any inspection, but she heard that every time ones buy or sell a house, he or she should have the house fumigated. Is this correct? sorry for my unclear question.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 8, 2008
If there is any question in your mind you should get your own inspection. A local inspector who has a few years of experience should be able to tell you what is needed. Follow through on his advice if anything needs further inspections from someone more specialized in any problem area.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 8, 2008
Hi Megh:

If you have any doubt, you should get your own inspection done with the inspectors that you choose.

One advantage of having your own inspection is that you actually get to be there (make sure you and your realtor are both there), watch the inspector going through the house and listen to his verbal report, ask questions and hear what he has to say about the inspection - some issues might be bigger and others might be customary for the type/age of house you are getting.

The inspector will be able to tell you if there is active termite and if any treatment has been done. Provide him with the report done by the seller to get his opinion.

This is a few hundred dollars well spent for a very big purchase.

0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 8, 2008
Sylvia Barry,…, Real Estate Pro in Marin, CA
Is your sister a termite inspector? What does your termite inspector say?
0 votes Thank Flag Link Sun Jun 8, 2008
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