Pest Control in Va. Not buying because of Termites found?

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Northern Virginia Homes - FRANKLY REAL ESTATE Inc

I have a client that is strongly considering not buying a Virginia house because a few active termites were found and old mud tubes during a pest control inspection in Virginia.

 

I have tried to explain that almost every house in Virginia will have or has had termites at some point in time. And every home I have lived in has had termites at some point.

Yet he is still not comfortable buying it.

 

I think it is a matter of misinformation. Some builder friend said not to buy the house because it could lead to future settlement issues or foundation issues (maybe I misunderstood the reason, but they said not to buy it).

But my friend who is the CEO of a Virginia Pest control termite company assured me that is not the case in Virginia. Maybe in other places like Florida, but not here.

 

While I dont want to pressure them into buying, I want them to get a more informed information on the matter.

 

Any suggestions on how to educate them on termites and how it would be just the same as finding ants.

 

Frank

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When "friends" offer advice I rarely dispute their two cents directly. Have your client speak directly to the expert, in this case the termite guy.

Dec 08, 2011 11:45 AM #1
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Frank - it is not an unusual reaction from people who did not live in the south. Of course, if this is a frame house, there is moe risk than in concrete block.

Dec 08, 2011 01:57 PM #2
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It is a concrete slab!

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Frank,

One step in explaining to buyers or sellers: There are two kinds of homes..those that have been treated for termites and those that are going to treated. The good thing before the sale, the seller usually pays for that treatment. I would look at it as positive....

unless  there extensive damage?

BTW I have had termites found in brand new construction.

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