- In Placer County the Seller typically is to provide a “Structural Pest Control Inspection” that is conducted by a license inspector to the buyer upon request. The average cost is around $125.00. This report is general in nature and is to identify any wood destroying organisms or structural & deterioration conditions. The common finding is Fungi also known as “Dry Rot”.
- This is where wood has been softened by exposure to moisture over a period of time. There are also two different categories reported Section 1 are those conditions that are active or is causing more damage to the property & Section 2 not currently causing damage but are likely if left unattended.
- Example: Pluming is leaking which there is moisture but has not shown any sign of fungus decay.
- The purchase contract will specify who is responsible for the cost of the inspection and making those corrections.
- Most lenders do not require a “clearance”. If you are purchasing the property without a Section 1 work being performed, there should be no reference to the pest control report in the Purchase Contract.
- Not included in Pest Inspection report are sheds, detached garages and carports, outbuildings, wood decks or other structure on the property which is not attached to the main structure as these items are an extra charge.
- The home inspection clause in your Purchase Contract allows you the right to have the property thoroughly inspected by a General Home Inspector. These Home Inspectors are not currently required to have a license, most are or have been a General Contractor. The inspection will result in providing an overall assessment of the present condition of the property which will take several hours and the findings will be documented and furnish as a report with photos. The general inspection cost is around $300 – $500 dollars on most homes.
- During the inspection the Home Inspector will be covering the following:
Exterior siding, flooring, appliances, water heater, furnace, electrical service (making sure it is to code), pluming and other visible feature of the property. They will not move any large items at the property and will not inspect the sprinkler systems. They may call for in their report further inspections from a specific trade; Roofer, Plummer, Electrician, mold/moisture expert, HVAC or possibly a Structural Engineer to further its findings.
- Inspections are paid for by the buyer. Upon reviewing the report the buyer may generate a written “Request for Repairs” to present to the seller. Any of the repairs items are up for negotiation. Seller is responsible for any “safety” and “health” concerns not “cosmetic” or “upgrades”.
- The other benefit of having a home inspection is that it helps with warranties such a “Home Warranty” that indicate the condition of the property in order to have the warranty honored or Home Owners insurance.
- Home inspections are done for the benefit of the buyer so that they know what they are purchasing and is highly recommended.