For homeowners we recommend that your property be inspected every four to five years for termites/dry rot and adverse conditions. If you are selling your home, the following information may be of value to you.


What you should know about your termite/dry rot inspection: Termite/dry rot inspections for wood destroying pests and organisms is the most crucial and can be the most costly part of selling your home. It is essential to get an inspection as soon as possible to determine how much time and money you will have to spend on repairs. Many homeowners wait until they are in escrow to even order the inspection. You want to make sure to alleviate potential problems ahead of time so you can negotiate more intelligently when an offer is received on your home.
Following are typical scenarios most sellers will encounter while in escrow:

  • Getting an appointment for an inspection takes between one to four weeks.
  • Once the inspection is complete, it will take between two to five days to receive the written report.
  • Items requiring repair and/or replacement, a bid for the repairs will be given with the written report.
  • Most general repair work can be scheduled within one to three weeks.
  • When using a handyman or contractor, it is important for homeowners to make sure you are contracting with licensed people and that they have worker's compensation insurance.
  • If the work and reinspection cannot be completed within your time frame in the purchase contract, your buyer may cancel the escrow or you may incur other unforeseen problems.

There are many other problems that can occur, but these are the most common. It is probably very hard to imagine having to do all of this and having to pack and move in about 30 days (typical escrow length). Moving is stressful enough. Plus, you will need the time available to do what your purchase contract requires of you.

Following is what you need to do to prepare for an inspection:

  • Make sure all areas are accessible to the inspector.
  • Crawl space under home -- remove all debris/storage.
  • Attic access -- if access is in a clothes closet, cover clothes to keep them clean.
  • Pull all storage and debris away from inside wall of garage (approximately two feet).
  • Remove storage below sinks.
  • Make sure all doors are unlocked and accessible (bedrooms, closets, storage rooms, sheds attached to the home).
  • Pull storage and heavy vegetation away from exterior of the house (approximately two feet).
  • Wood decks (attached and detached) -- remove one section of decorative lattice for access. If deck is less than a foot off the ground, remove several deck boards throughout the deck. Make sure that you remove enough boards so that the inspector can get his head and arms in to check underneath the other boards. Shrubs or ivy covering access should be pulled back two feet.
  Note: If areas are inaccessible at the time of inspection, another inspection could be asked for by the buyer in the contract at your expense. We will not open inaccessible areas without written permission (due to liability) and charges may apply.

Costs of the original inspection and reinspections vary depending on the size of the home. See chart below.

Payment options - Single family home up to 2,000 square feet We accept Visa and MasterCard

Bill to Escrow
Inspection: $120 (over 2,000 sq. ft. @ $.06/sq. ft.)
Reinspection: $100 (over 2,000 sq. ft. @ $.05/sq. ft.)
Payment at Time of Inspection
Inspection: $100 (over 2,000 sq. ft. @ $.05/sq. ft.)
Reinspection: $80 (over 2,000 sq. ft. @ $.04/sq. ft.)
Outlying Areas
Bill to Escrow
Inspection: $140 (over 2,000 sq. ft. @ $.07/sq. ft.)
Reinspection: $120 (over 2,000 sq. ft. @ .06/sq. ft.)
Payment at Time of Inspection
Inspection: $120 (over 2,000 sq. ft. @ $.06 sq. ft.)
Reinspection: $100 (over 2,000 sq. ft. @ .05 sq. ft.)








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