Flipper the seller was a licensed contractor. He disclosed there was termite damage but noted he had fixed it and had a piece of paper saying so.
The inspector noted the repairs on the joists and noted some concern about the band sills. His notes and pictures indicated that instead of repairing the sills, it looked like they just veneered the damage with new PT 2x10's.
My turn. I told my clients to get a structural engineer. They agreed and we were lucky to get one out in 4 days. Time was running out.
Sure enough. The band sills for half the house were eaten by termites. Estimated repair cost $15K and the repairs made were just tacking on new 2x10's over the damage, giving 0 support.The House was structurally unsound
The fix was to jack up the entire house, rip out the old eaten band sills, and replace anew with tripled 2x10.
Flipper the seller had been caught ! He questioned the veracity of the engineer and balked on repairs. The Flip that flopped. The deal crashed and I reminded the Listing agent that he now has a known defect in the house. Eventually the buyers got back their earnest money.
Termites are a reality here in Charlotte NC. Half measures will never do. My clients found another house and were very thankful they had not tried this on their own. Ah, the value of a good Agent
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