Jeff’s Carlsbad Blog for First Time Home Buyers


Buying Your First Carlsbad Home – The Pest Inspection

Posted in Forms,House Hunting,Offers,Short Sales by Jeff Dowler on September 17, 2007

One of the forms that you will need to complete as part of your offer for buying you first Carlsbad home is the “Wood Destroying Pest Inspection and Allocation of Cost Addendum” (called the WPA, for short).

Termites, and other insects that destroy or damage wood, are a big problem in many parts of California. If you are financing your home the mortgage compnay will require that your Carlsbad home have a pest inspection and that the seller obtain a clearance that termites and other critters have been destroyed.

Normally the inspection is completed by the seller (and paid for), and any work needed to take care of what is called Section 1 conditions – evident infestation and/or infection. The buyer generally is expected to take care of Section 2 conditions (those likely to result in infestation or infection). But like many things these are negotiable.

Some homes are sold “as is” and you will be required to do this inspection yourself (and of course pay for it). In some short sales, for example, because of the financial situation of the seller, the owner may only do the inspection and report, but not the repairs, and sometimes not even that. It is part of your due diligence in this case to investigate the possibility of termite issues.

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