Termite inspections are not required in California during the sale of real property. This is typically seen as a negotiable part of the contract. 

However, when a buyer places an offer on a home they are considering purchasing they can ask that the seller provide a termite inspection and pay for repairs found in that inspection. 

While there is not state mandate that a home inspection is required, it is advisable to obtain a termite inspection before the close of escrow due to the amount of damage that termites can cause to the infrastructure of the property.

It is advisable to ask your loan officer if they require a termite inspections as part of a condition for funding the loan. We provide termite inspections for $130 dollars when added to a comprehensive home inspection.

Do I Need Termite Inspection for a Condo?

You do not need a termite inspection for a condo in California because condos are considered multi-unit dwellings. The California Structural Pest Control Act exempts condos from the requirement of having a termite inspection prior to the sale or transfer of ownership. 

How Often Should You Tent for Termites in California?

The frequency of tenting for termites in California varies depending on the level of infestation and the extent of the damage. In general, it is recommended that you tent for termites every three to five years. However, if you have an infestation of dry wood termites, you may need to tent more frequently.

Do Lenders Require Termite Inspections?

If you are receiving a loan from a lender. Some lenders require that a termite inspection be completed and submitted to the lender. It is advisable to ask your loan officer if they require termite inspections as part of a condition for funding the loan.

It is important to note that in California, the buyer is not responsible for paying for termite inspection and treatment if the property is being financed with a mortgage. The lender will require that the home be inspected for termites before approving the loan.

Who Pays for Termite Inspection in California?

The seller is typically responsible for covering the cost of the WDO inspection. 

It is important to have a termite inspection completed if you are buying or selling a home in California. This will help to ensure that the home is free of termites and other wood-destroying insects. 

If you are buying a home, you should make sure that the seller has a valid termite inspection report.

Termite Inspections With Elite Group Inspections

You can trust the Los Angeles termite inspectors at The Elite Group to find termites in your home, wherever they might be hiding. 

When you’re ready to schedule your termite inspection in California, simply reach out to The Elite Group: (866) 506-1475 to see how we can help.