i have termites and will fumigate . house is on the market but we do not know when it may sell . how long are the clearance papers good for?

Asked by Jean Michaels, 90275 Mon May 23, 2011

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Vakami, Home Buyer, Redondo Beach, CA
Sat Sep 3, 2011
I had my house in Hermosa tented for termites in Dec. 2009 by Class Exterminators ("Kill 'em with Class") in Torrance. They also repaired all termite damaged wood. They gave a 2-year warranty. In August 2011, I sold this house. When I contacted Class for a Clearance Report, they did another thorough inspection, found 3 tiny areas of damage, fixed that, and issued a Clearance Report. There was a small cost (under $200) for the second inspection and repair work.
That's my experience--hope this helps.
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Dorene Slavi…, Agent, Torrance, CA
Mon May 23, 2011
Hi Jean,
Mine was good for 5 years, plus I had an inspection to be sure they did not return. Termites are annoying but they seem to be all over no way to really get rid of them permanently. I suppose we could start building our homes out of stainless steel..that might work!
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Richard Schu…, Agent, Los Angeles, CA
Mon May 23, 2011
You should get a 1-2 year warranty on any fumigation that you get.

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Erik Berry, Agent, Redondo Beach, CA
Mon May 23, 2011
2 years is how long the clearance will be good.
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Mon May 23, 2011
Hi, This depends on the treatment plan you select with the termite company. They usually have year contracts where they will monitor every month or so. I would recommend something like that, it can also transfer to the new buyer if you sell within that time. Plus the banks will want to see something like that in place.

Christopher Pagli
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William Raveis Legends Realty Group
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The Medford…, Agent, Fremont, CA
Mon May 23, 2011

Depends on the termite company – some give a 6-month warranty, others provide a year, some even as long as two years.

I don’t feel comfortable letting it go longer than 6 months.

As an aside, I normally recommend that tenting is done a few days before close of escrow and paid out of escrow, rather than being done a long time ahead of time. We do all the other Section 1 repairs ahead of time, but leave the tenting until the very end to prevent “aging” of a clearance.
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