Buying and/or selling a home is a rewarding task…but can also be a stressful task. Once you’ve found the home of your dreams you go through great length to ensure that it is up to code and everything is in good condition. But some people miss out on a very vital step…the termite letter!
Approximately 65% of all clearance letters issued on homes older than 5 years reflect previous termite or other wood destroying organism infestations. Our data indicates that 1/4 of all clearance letters require some form of termite treatment.
Termites are responsible for more damage to homes than water and fire combined – $11 billion annually in the U.S.
Tips for Buyer:
- In most cases foreclosure homes have not been inspected for termite activity in many years. The Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report (termite letter) is a minimal investment to protect your great find.
- If the property you are considering buying has had previous infestations, the Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report (termite letter) will have a diagram of the property identifying the affected areas. Your home inspector can use that diagram to inspect those areas to determine, in his opinion, the degree of damage.
Tips for Seller:
- If the property is not under warranty with any company and the property needs treatment, this expense could become a negotiating issue for the sale of the property.
- To obtain a marketing advantage, be proactive by getting a termite inspection and an Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report (termite letter) prior to marketing your home.
- A tranferrable warranty is a strong selling feature.