What your Termite Inspection Report means for Home Buyers and Sellers

When you are buying or selling a home there are many steps in the process, many of which are designed to protect the seller, the buyer, and the lender. When the sale is about to close (in Georgia, the termite inspection must be done within 30 days of closing), the lender will often require a termite inspection report. In the state of Georgia, this report (specifically the Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report) documents the presence or previous presence of an active infestation of five wood destroying organisms, subterranean termites included. The current homeowner may have his or her own pest control company conduct the inspection, but often the real estate agent will hire a company to do it. Should you Waive your Termite Inspection? Some buyers may try to waive their termite inspection, especially in a short sale. Even if their lender doesn’t require it (there are very few that don’t), it still is not a wise decision. While there may not be termite damage present,


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