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Old 01-15-2014, 10:35 AM
 
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Hello folks. Thanks for your previous suggestions about where to buy a home. It is really helpful.

We have now seen several homes, but found termite treatment histories in all the disclosures. Some even had termite treatments twice in the past 5 years! Since our family came from a place where termite is really rare, we have no idea whether we can buy a home with termites. Can anyone tell me whether we shall step away from such homes? Or, just buy a termite bond when buy a home? To what degree can a termite bond protect a home? Thanks.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:02 AM
 
Location: East Snobb
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Termites are pretty common here, some would even say inevitable. Buying a house with an existing bond is not a bad idea, but I bought mine without one...and it's a snazzy 1979 cedar-siding house! I have had the house for about 2 years and no issues as of yet with termites.

Oh yeah, basically the bond is a "guarantee", but there are stipulations...it equates to a annual pay-plan to treat, and insect for termites.
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Old 01-15-2014, 11:37 AM
 
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Thanks HeyEng. I will definitely add a "repair and retreatment" bond contingency to the contract.
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Old 01-15-2014, 12:50 PM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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Check also whether or not your State or your Lender requires a termite letter for closing. Termite activity is pretty common in Georgia too. So as long as you don't have active termites and the previous damage was repaired properly - you should be fine.
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Old 01-15-2014, 01:57 PM
 
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Thanks George. We have never seen termites before. It really made us nervous.
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Old 01-15-2014, 02:01 PM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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Thanks George. We have never seen termites before. It really made us nervous.
What scares me and I know that this is the norm, is when they tent homes in South Florida for termite fumigation I have never seen that in Georgia. In Georgia, most of the treatment just involves soil treatment and then follow-ups with baiting systems.

You are on the right path with a retreat and repair termite bond.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:19 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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What scares me and I know that this is the norm, is when they tent homes in South Florida for termite fumigation I have never seen that in Georgia.
I've wondered about the tenting too as I've only heard of it in FL and CA. I wonder if it is to help minimize introducing pesticides into the water table? My sister in law had it done and apparently it kills ANYTHING inside the house-- birds, rodents, bugs, etc. Can't imagine cleaning up after that. I'd also be concerned about long-term exposure effects from coating every surface inside with chemicals.
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Old 01-15-2014, 03:20 PM
 
Location: Inman Park (Atlanta, GA)
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I've wondered about the tenting too as I've only heard of it in FL and CA. I wonder if it is to help minimize introducing pesticides into the water table? My sister in law had it done and apparently it kills ANYTHING inside the house-- birds, rodents, bugs, etc. Can't imagine cleaning up after that. I'd also be concerned about long-term exposure effects from coating every surface inside with chemicals.
I have read reports where looters have died in the house that has been tented for termites
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Old 01-15-2014, 04:50 PM
 
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My house has been treated for termites and anyone would be thrilled to buy my house in the condition that I keep it.

Just get information on what they did to eliminate the termites. When I bought my house, they had railroad ties around the flower beds - they eventually became termite infested. I had them all pulled out and replaced with brick pavers. No sense it treating termites if you don't solve the problem.

Termites by themselves does not indicate a poorly maintained home. There are termites everywhere because we don't typically get cold enough winters to naturally kill them. You just want to keep a barrier that keeps them away from the perimeter of our house.
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:40 PM
 
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I have heard that next to Florida, Georgia has the most termite infestations.
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