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Perry's Termite Service
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Inspection procedures and reporting requirements can vary from state to state. Some states may    
allow for inspections of wood-destroying insects only (termites and wood borers) and other states may
require that inspections be performed for all wood-destroying organisms (which include the wood rots).
In the real estate community, the termite inspection is often referred to as a "pest inspection" which is  
actually a misnomer. A buyer or seller may get the impression that a "pest inspection" would cover all   
pests (roaches, ants, spiders etc.) when in actuality it does not; it only covers wood-destroying pests
and/or organisms. Having said that, please check with your local pest control company, in your
particular state, for the parameters of Termite/Wood-destroying organism inspection reporting.  

Inspections can take as little as 10 minutes, or as long as 3 hours to perform (on an average 1500
square foot home) depending upon what the inspector is hired to look for. If you simply have a question
about a certain area of your home and are not interested in having a complete inspection of your entire
home, then it could be a rather quick procedure. For instance, in the state of California, an inspection
of one room (or area) of a home would be considered a "limited" inspection with recommendation to
inspect the entire structure. Most of the time, these limited inspections are at no cost, however, not all
pest control companies operate the same, so check with your local pest control company for inspection
costs. Termite inspections that are performed for a real-estate transaction should not be limited
inspections, but instead, should be complete or full inspections (as described below).

If you are purchasing a home and need a termite inspection report, then a complete inspection and
reporting should be performed (not a limited report or limited inspection). An important note to buyers
regarding a termite inspection report: If the report reveals that the home may have been occupied at
the time of inspection, we would recommend ordering a re-inspection when the home is vacant or close
to empty. A re-inspection report is an additional inspection of the areas of the property that were
previously inaccessible. A buyer might want to reconsider signing docs (at closing) if a re-inspection
was not performed, particularly in cases where furniture or stored items were blocking walls or closets
and garages were too full to inspect properly. Termites are very common in New Mexico and you want
to make certain that all the areas of the home were made available for inspection. As termite inspectors,
we want to make sure that we have been given every opportunity to perform as thorough an inspection
as possible. Most termite inspectors are very thorough, however, we cannot see inside walls. There is
the possibility that termites can exist within a wall, or wood member, and not show any outward signs
that they are there. You may be familiar with the scenario of a homeowner who found termites in their
recently purchased home
after the termite inspection revealed no visible evidence; and the frustrations
that they encountered. (Note: in order to help alleviate this type of situation, we offer a 1-year
guarantee on all of our escrow complete termite reports. What this means is if you discover termites
anywhere on the structure (within the first year of purchasing your home), you can simply call our office
and we will send out a treatment crew to treat the infestation at no cost to you. Our 1 year guarantee is
a treatment guarantee only and does not include hidden damage repairs. Damage repairs can be
performed by our company at normal repair costs (our office can be contacted for repair pricing).    

A complete home termite inspection would include inspecting all accessible exterior portions of the
structure. The areas would have to be accessible with a standard 6 ft. step-ladder and normally include
foundations, window/door trim, fascias, eave, soffits, rafter tails and patio/carport supporting. Termite  
inspectors are looking for evidence of wood-destroying insects (and in some cases organisms such as
wood rots or decay). Termite inspectors are also looking for conditions that are conducive to an
infestation. Examples of conditions that are conducive to an infestation are; wood-to-soil contacts
beneath or up against a home, excessive cellulose debris beneath or next to the home, excessive
moisture conditions or plumbing leaks, stucco at or below exterior grade level, faulty grading conditions
(sloping towards the home) or exterior grading/soil levels that are higher than the mud sills and
insufficient clearance in a crawlspace area. Some homes may not have
visible evidence of termites,
borers or wood rots but have several conditions that are conducive to an infestation or decay and these
conditions will be noted. A complete interior inspection would also include viewing all walls, window
ledges, closets, stairwell closets, inside cabinet drawers (if practical), in bathrooms and kitchens, all
walls of garage and accessible portions of the attic. It's easy to see why it is so important that the home
be as accessible as possible to allow for a thorough inspection. In fact (if we had our way) we would
suggest that the home inspection be performed
only when it is vacant. However, this is not always
practical (during the home buying process) due to negotiating factors and time constraints.

INSPECTOR MISSED TERMITES?: Before you get upset with your termite inspector, consider this;
Some of the most common "inspection misses" are the infestations that are discovered in locations that
were hidden from the inspector. Examples are: areas behind a sellers furnishings, headboards,
dressers, entertainment centers, pictures or appliances. Most termite inspections are performed when
the homes are occupied. If the items had been moved (for the inspection), then it is likely that the
infestation could have been found and corrected prior to the close of escrow. Also keep in mind that
there are areas where infestations can exist and
will not be found on a standard visual inspection; even
if the home was vacant at the time of the inspection. Examples are areas beneath carpeting or any floor
coverings, behind built-in cabinets, inside inaccessible stairwells, low pitch sections of the attic, top of
the roof sheathing, interiors of hollow walls, behind wallpaper/wall paneling, inside enclosed bay
windows & behind masonry. These "hidden" infestations are often discovered when the buyer performs
remodeling. Hidden infestations are often assumed to be "termite misses" when in fact they are simply
an unfortunate "hidden" occurrence. Only Superman has x-ray vision. Bottom line for a home buyer?
Try and have the home inspected (or re-inspected) when it is vacant or very close to being vacant.

A final comment on termite escrow report findings. There are four words commonly used in the
home buying process (pertaining to termite inspection reporting) that (in our opinion) should not be
CLEAN, CLEAR, PASS & FAIL. These four words can (and have) give wrong impressions to
home buyers and sellers. A seller that is told that his/her home has FAILED the termite inspection, is
often left feeling dejected, when in fact (
and more often than not) the findings can be easily corrected.
And a buyer is more apt to be outraged if, after closing on a home, they discover termites (for instance,
during a remodel or when replacing carpet) and remembers being told that his/her home was CLEAN or
CLEAR, and that the home had PASSED the termite inspection. The fact is, nobody knows if the home
is "clean" or "clear" because nobody has the ability to see inside walls. It's probably human nature to
want to put a smile on the inspection reporting outcome (whether a termite inspection or even a home
inspection), but using these words can - at times - give a false comfort.   
Examples of conditions     
conducive to infestation-

-Wood to soil contacts
(supporting posts etc.)
-Excessive moisture areas
(leaky pipes, roof leaks)
-Stucco at or below grade
-Faulty grade conditions            
(grade slopes towards home)
-Improper ventilation to a
crawlspace or sub-area         
-Excessive wood debris
(crawlspace area)
-Inaccessible sub-areas  
(lack of clearance or access)
Termite reports for escrow- $70.00 (Albuquerque)*
Termite reports for escrow- $90.00 (Placitas area)*
Termite escrow reports are guaranteed for 1 year
*homes under 2500 sq. ft.-prices subject to change without notice
Service to: Albuquerque, Rio Rancho, East Mountains, Los Lunas, Belen, Edgewood, Sandia Park, Tijeras, Paako, and points