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TERMITE INSPECTIONS FOR FREDERICK COUNTY REAL ESTATE

IT'S BEEN SAID THAT THERE IS A COLONY OF TERMITES UNDER EVERY HOME IN MARYLAND JUST WAITING FOR DINNER TIME.

The Maryland contract protects home buyers against termite infestation and repairs to damages caused by termites. Buyers may have a termite inspection paid for by the buyer, but any treatment or repairs must be paid by the seller, up to 2% of the purchase price of the property. We'll make the arrangements for the termite inspection company to get access to the property and deliver the Certificate to the lender..

The termite Certificate is only good for 30 days, so we generally order the termite inspection approximately one week before scheduled settlement. If settlement is delayed beyond 30 days of the Certificate, it will have to be updated.

Termite inspections are visual and include the interior and exterior of the property, any out buildings and fences although lenders do not require that any part of the property be inspected other than the home itself. Also, the seller is not responsible for infestation/damage to outbuildings and fences.

If the termite inspector finds evidence of prior infestation that has been treated but damage has not been repaired, our contract requires that damage be repaired by the seller prior to settlement. Home owners can avoid termite damage repair only so long.

Maryland is home to some vigorous and hardy termite colonies. They thrive on the moist climate, wood frame homes and mulch that most home owners use in flower beds.

Home owners should have a termite inspection performed by a licensed company every year. Once you have had a colony eradicated, you never know when they'll be back. Better be safe than sorry. $50 is not much to pay for peace of mind.

Don't be persuaded by sellers to accept their termite warranty as evidence of no termites. Termites can't read warranties.

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