Ok, you may not know this, but termites are one of my favorite topics to talk about! :-)
I just received 3 Pest Inspection reports for a property that went under contract today. In this case, the lender requires section 1 items to be completed/certified prior to close.
One was the complete pest inspection dated 2/5/14 with Section 1 damage noted.
The second one was a certification dated 2/14/14 for a fumigation noted in the original report.
The third was a certification dated 8/22/14 for remaining section 1 items noted in the original report.
Here is the rub-There's a very important rule in the "Termite Land"
- Termite companies CANNOT certify or perform work on a termite report older than 6 months.
Although the first certification fell within the 6 month rule, the second cert occurred 17 days AFTER the termite report expired (Gah!, so close....).
What's the solution? The termite company will need to go out to the property and perform ANOTHER complete report and certification.
I'm glad I caught this NOW while we still have time to fix the problem.
I've experienced situations where the lender received the report but didn't catch it until just before were ready to close causing everyone grief in trying to schedule a last minute termite inspection.
Yes, the termite company should have caught it, but we all miss stuff sometimes, right? So that's why you gotta check!
It's important to connect the dots with multiple termite reports and certifications to be sure you really have a certification.