Home inspections are needed even for outbuildings.

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with WHISPERING PINES REALTY 20398180

During a recent home inspection I told the buyer to have the inspector check out the screen gazebo.

"Nah, I don't see a need."

"Well, I see a lot of black ants around and I think it would be worth doing it.  Ask the inspector how much extra."

The inspector told my client he would do it for the same fee.   He did tell my client that there is some damage, but unable to tell how much until the siding was off.

My client did buy the house.   Here are the pictures he has sent me of the damage he DIDN'T think would be a problem.

The ant colony was full and was laden with eggs and females.

Inside the walls was 4-6inches of ant refuse.

This 2 by 4 stud was chew so much it had almost not strength left.

Yes, I live in Minnesota.  I have not seen any termites, but, these black ants are very destructive also. There are many reasons to have the outbuildings checked by the inspector.  The cost is minimal as he is already there.

Be wise and check it all!

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Susan West
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Hi William,

Good advice.  There can be much "hidden wierdness" once someone starts removing walls.

Make it a GREAT day.

SW

Oct 29, 2011 02:47 AM #1
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Vern Eaton
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Bill, we have a lot of those black carpenter ants.  I just wish they would build something good for a change!

Oct 29, 2011 03:16 AM #2
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Charles Buell
Charles Buell Inspections Inc. - Seattle, WA
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Bill, this is great advice.  Most home buyers are not willing to pay the extra for me to "report" on detached structures but I still like to give them a good look and at least talk to them about the structure during the inspection.

Oct 29, 2011 03:26 AM #3
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William Feela
WHISPERING PINES REALTY - North Branch, MN
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

I have had many a buyer say no to the outbuilding checks and then be sorry they had not looked closer

Oct 29, 2011 12:40 PM #4
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Randi Brammer
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Bill, I don't know of any more proof anyone could want to do this.

Oct 30, 2011 01:18 PM #5
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Joshua Zargari
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Good morning William.

Those photos are worth a 1000 words each...

Have a great day.

Oct 30, 2011 10:56 PM #6
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