Termites And Mold

Dated: 04/02/2018

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The Charleston area is prone to termite activity and is also is a high humidity area so most buyers will have a termite inspection done even if they are cash buyers. If a loan is involved, the lender requires this inspection.

A pest control company licensed to complete the state form, CL100, will do this job. During this inspection, they look for active termites, evidence of past treatment and repairs, and active wood destroying fungi. The report is valid for 30 days only and is not a guarantee or warranty against future infestation or damage. 

The report covers attics and crawl spaces and other accessible areas. The report specifically excludes hidden areas and areas that are not readily accessible. When damage is observed it must be disclosed on the report (even if repairs are not necessary). 

All inspections and reports are made on the basis of what is visible. Areas that are covered by wall coverings, floor coverings, insulation, furniture and other items that make it difficult are not covered in the report. The inspector is not going to move furniture or appliances around during an inspection. Detached garages, sheds, and fences are not included in the inspection report. The report is not designed to address health-related issues of molds and fungi. 

A “clear CL-100 letter” is usually required for closing. To get the letter “clear”, the seller may need to make repairs and have a re-inspection completed. The buyer will not need to request these repairs specifically as they are dictated by the inspection results.  (The South Carolina Department of pesticide regulation recommends that the purchaser rather than the seller obtain the report). 

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Chris DeLoach

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