Phillysuperm…, Home Seller in Philadelphia, PA

termite inspction clear. small area of rotted wood noted but no termites. buyer wants us to pay to treat. Do I have to do this?

Asked by Phillysupermom, Philadelphia, PA Tue Aug 14, 2012

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Ron Thomas, Agent, Fresno, CA
Tue Aug 14, 2012
Evidence of infestation is called SCHEDULE ONE; and "usually" the Seller pays for this.

Evidence of a future problem is called SCHEDULE TWO, and the Buyer usually inherits this.

Rotted wood, or "Dry Rot" is usually labeled a Schedule One problem, (it normally does not have anything to do with termites, and, being caused by moisture, is a misnomer at dry rot.

If it is a small area, you are probably talking about a few hundred dollars: I wouldn't think that this is worth losing the deal over; just fix it and move on.

Good luck and may God bless
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Frank L. DeF…, Agent, Philadelphia, PA
Wed Oct 24, 2012
Sounds like there might be some damage that needs to be repaired but it doesn't sound like treatment is necessary.

For more info visit

Frank L. DeFazio, Esquire
Prudential Fox & Roach Realtors – Society Hill
530 Walnut Street, Suite 260
Philadelphia, PA 19106
215.521.1623 Direct
610.636.4364 Cellular
888.308.1148 Fax
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kelly hudson, Agent, Exton, PA
Fri Oct 12, 2012
I would suggest you consult the termite professional and talk it over with your agent. Your agent should have enough experience with home inspections to offer the best solution! Trust your agent that is what they are there for.
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Philip J. Cu…, Agent, Feasterville, PA
Wed Oct 10, 2012
What does your agent say? That is why you listed with him you should be trusting him after all you know him and are paying him fror his knowledge

Philip J. Cunningham Sr
V.I.P. Realty Corp
215 725-5700X49
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Christopher…, Agent, Tarrytown, NY
Wed Oct 10, 2012
Hi, If it means saving the deal it sounds like it's worth doing. It most likely won't cost you much and you'll keep the transaction running smoothly. Keep in mind the buyers bank may want it fixed depending on the type of loan they are getiing, etc.

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Sheri Curci, Agent, Newtown, PA
Wed Oct 10, 2012
Hello Super MOM...... what does the results of the Termite Inspect State?

You should have been given a copy of the Licensed Termite Inspection report with a Grid.... Showing where " Old or New Damage is evident, and if there is evidence of active or in-active conditions in the home?
Also the report should state if the damage is a result of a wood boring insect and what type of insect or "frass" ( Insect crap ) was discovered?

All the best, John Curci RE/MAX 215-757-2889
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Maria Cipoll…, Agent, Coral Springs, FL
Wed Oct 10, 2012
This is a questions for your real estate agent. He knows what kind of contract did you signed and what are your legal obligations to the buyer in this case.

Best of Luck,

Maria Cipollone
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Philip J. Cu…, Agent, Feasterville, PA
Tue Aug 14, 2012
Just a quick question. Why are you not asking your agent that is who you contracted with and should know whats going on in your deal. You see all the good advice is worth nothing if it is not based on the information in the agreement of sale information like How long was the house on the market? how strong is the Buyer? Did you get a price on the repairs? Are you sure it's only a small spot? what if it's larger then you think? But the most important question is What does your Agent say and why don't you trust him because if you don't you have a bigger problem then rotten wood. Now that is just my opinion. You need to get together with your Agent and do it fast.

Philip J. Cunningham Sr
V.I.P. Realty Corporation
7942 Bustleton Ave
Philadelphia,PA 19152
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James G Brop…, Agent, Phila, PA
Tue Aug 14, 2012
you can agree to replace the rotted wood if just a small area. Might not have been damanged by termite and could be result of dry rot or water rot. Generally common around rear door and garage dr frame. Should not be more then a few hundred to replace bad section of wood. To further help to solve problem and being that termite inspection did not show any active infestation would be to have termite co just do a spot treatment near the area where the bad wood was located. Spot treatment might just be around $300 and another 200 or 300 to replace bad wood. Spending five hundred, give or take might be what it takes to keep the buyer happy Sometime you might be able to add other extra items that were not part of the sale to keep a buyer happy, i.e. washer, dryer, lawn mower, ladders, window a/c units etc to come to agreement to move forward with the sale.
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David Siegel, Agent, Boston, PA
Tue Aug 14, 2012
No You dont have to do anything, this is a free country, Do you want to sell the House? Thats a differnet story, Can you structure the addendum requiring the Buyer to consumate the deal if you do that specified repair? That is a better question. Does your broker have an answer?
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Andrew Himes, Agent, Collegeville, PA
Tue Aug 14, 2012
Doesn't sound like there is anything to treat. My guess is that it would be more of a rotted wood repair issue. You mention it is a small area, I would guess it is something that wouldn't cost much to be repaired. Call a contractor that will give a free estimate and if it isnt expensive I would fix it as this isnt something that should kill a deal.

Good luck.
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Their inspector couldnt even determine if it was actually termite damage. Also, dont termite inspectors normally guarantee their findings for at least one year?
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