Order a Pest Report Yes or No in Sacramento?

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Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate BRE #00697006

The reason I know so many listing agents in Sacramento during the boom years of our seller's market suggested ordering pest reports upfront is because the sellers would say so. Right after deciding to hire me and not someone else. I would even go so far as to suggest these are the listing agents who may encounter difficulties when negotiating a request for repair. Make the seller pay for everything often seems the norm of the day in some practices, but not in mine.

I tell sellers what will work and what won't. I level with my clients. There was no reason to dig up dirt on what might be wrong with a property when a seller was required to disclose only what the seller knows. Not what the seller would know if the seller conducted a physical inspection. No reason to produce a report showing tens of thousands of dollars of things wrong. And at the seller's expense. That was insanity.

What I truly believed was best for sellers during our now vanishing seller's market was to make buyers pay for repairs, pest reports, other inspections. Because they could. They held the power to do so. Just sell the home AS IS. However, that attitude began to dissipate last May. You can read more in my personal blog today at this link: Order a Pest Report Yes or No in Sacramento?

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Elizabeth Weintraub is an author, home buying expert for About.com, a Land Park resident, and a veteran real estate agent who specializes in older, classic homes in Land Park, Curtis Park, Midtown and East Sacramento, as well as tract homes in Elk Grove, Natomas, Roseville and Lincoln. Weintraub is also a Sacramento Short Sale agent who lists and successfully sells short sales throughout the four-county Sacramento area with an emphasis on Elk Grove. Call Elizabeth Weintraub at 916.233.6759. Put 40 years of real estate experience to work for you. Broker-Associate at Lyon Real Estate. BRE License # 00697006.

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Rainmaker
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Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
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Hi Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents, our market has been shifting as well, however, many still require an As-Is contract. There are so man inspectors, you're so right, the report is as good as the inspector. We sometimes forget that the report reflects their opinion.

Sep 09, 2018 10:14 AM #1
Rainmaker
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Beth Atalay You can say the same thing about appraisals, too.

Sep 09, 2018 06:49 PM #2
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Joan Cox
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Elizabeth, we are still seeing buyers asking for repairs, and is normal for the Seller to do the health & safety issues.  We don't need pest reports though.

Sep 10, 2018 06:19 AM #3
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Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | Charlotte, NC - Charlotte, NC
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Hi Elizabeth... in NC and SC typically the buyer orders a wood destroying insect inspection/report (they are under $100). And we have special inspection companies for that. In SC the contract can specify that the seller  pay for this report. In NC, not so and all inspections and attendant costs are considered the purview of the buyer.

However, seller must disclose if there are any issues with such insects that have not been remediated at the time the home is listed.

Regardless of who pays, if wood destroying insects are found, both states require the seller to remediate prior to closing regardless of the "as is" clause. In the Carolinas we often say "it's not if you have termites, it's when you have termites." Builders are required to provide proof of soil treatment that is good for 5 years at closing.

Sep 10, 2018 11:08 AM #4
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Nina Hollander Very interesting on several accounts. One that the state of North Carolina would force a seller to fix a pest problem and the other being how crazy to think anybody in their right mind could possibly certify soil treatment being good for 5 years. Unless they inserted some sort of time-release mechanism in the ground. How do they get away with that kind of guarantee or do they hope nobody will conduct another inspection during that period?

Sep 10, 2018 11:29 AM #5
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Hi Elizabeth... both North and South Carolina require a seller to remediate any wood destroying insect issues at their expense. We are not talking pests, in general... just wood destroying insect. The soil treatment is done to alleviate such pest in the ground for 5 years... have not heard of issues here... it's also a state requirement in both of the Carolinas. Many people here carry their own termite control contracts (we do) and our company comes once a year to inspect/treat. If termites are found the contract covers the cost of remediation.

Sep 10, 2018 11:33 AM #6
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Nina Hollander That's incredible. We can let our houses fall down around us and nobody from the state of California will insist we eradicate pests.

Our pest companies don't really offer guarantees. They might tell you it's good for 6 months, if you're really lucky, LOL. Even our pest control board reports are filed for only 2 years.

Let's not even talk about Hawaii. Every 3 months they spray exteriors.

To guarantee 5 years is mindblowing.

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Amazing isn't it, Elizabeth, how things like this differ from one locale to another? I came here from NYC where we had no inspections at all... and no  one heard of a pest inspection. 

Sep 10, 2018 11:54 AM #8
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