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San Diego Termite Escrow Inspections

Right Now, 1 In 16 Homes Have Termites!

Termite escrow reports are typically ordered by the bank funding the property’s loan or second mortgage. Termite inspection reports are sometimes known as wood destroying pests and organism inspection reports or termite clearance reports. Termite findings are used by your bank to help determine the value of the property based on the soundness of the structure.

License To Kill provides termite escrow inspections and second opinions in San Diego county. Your home is 10 times more likely to be damaged by termites than by fires or floods! Termites infest 1 in 16 homes across San Diego county, averaging $8,174 for treatments and wood damage repairs.

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VA Refinancing Termite Inspection

Termites and other wood destroying pests can pose a serious problem for homeowners, buyers and sellers. Home buyers often worry about the condition of older homes, and in some cases rightfully so. To the untrained observer, termite infestations are very difficult to spot unless there is obvious wood member damage. Fortunately, VA loan rules are designed to protect the buyer and the property the VA borrower wants to purchase. The VA reqiures termite inspections on existing properties if they are located in areas where there is a moderate to very heavy probability of termite infestation like San Diego county.

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Escrow Termite Inspection & Second Opinions

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Real estate termite inspections start with a License-To-Kill termite inspector examining the exterior of the structure. Your inspector will pay extra attention to typical termite harborages like rafters, roof facing, roof shingles, fascia, windows and doors. After the exterior has been completed and all evidence of wood destroying pests have been listed within the report, the inspection will move inside to the bedrooms, living rooms, kitchen, bathrooms, attic and garage.

Upon completion of the termite escrow inspection, License-To-Kill will e-mail, fax or mail the report to the authorized party responsible for the wood destroying pests and organism inspection report. At your request, we can expedite this process to within 24 hours of the property’s inspection. If you have another inspection report and wish for a second opinion, we welcome you to e-mail, fax or mail it to us. Our termite technicians will inspect your property, suggesting alternative methods of control where available. When alternative treatments are not available, your License-To-Kill termite technician will offer competitive pricing for primary termite treatments. After the property has been inspected and corrected, a clearance of the property can be issued, finalizing the sale.

If you a termite inspection report from another company and wish for a second opinion, we welcome you to e-mail, fax or mail it to us. We frequently find termite infestations in structures that other companies have deemed clear.

Your escrow inspection will provide you with a detailed report of all findings of wood destroying organisms within the structure. License-To-Kill’s comprehensive wood destroying pests and organism inspection reports cover all sections of termite activity:

  • Section 1 - All active termite infestations at the time of the termite inspection.
  • Section 2 - All potential findings that are conducive to a future termite infestation.
  • Section 3 - Areas that are unable to be accessed and cannot be inspected for termites.
  • Section 4 - All other findings not caused by wood destroying pests.

What Do You Look For During Termite Inspections?

Drywood Termites

Drywood termites swarm into the home, creating new colonies. If your structure has an infestation of Drywood termites, your termite inspector will see evidence of wings, boring dust, fecal pellets or termite galleries during the inspection. We treat for Drywood termites in several ways; fumigation, localized spot treatments and wood replacement.

Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites move through mud tubes known as shelter tubes, which protect them from predators. Your License-To-Kill termite technician will thoroughly inspect your garage and foundation areas for these tubes and other evidence of Subterranean termite activity. Subterranean termites live in the ground, and come up to feed on the wood in your home. It is necessary to treat access points throughout the home where the subterranean termites can enter. Many times, front porches, garages, and other areas that have cement need to be drilled and injected with termiticides underneath the cement slabs to provide successful termite control.

Fungus & Dry Rot

There are two different kinds of fungus that all termite inspectors look for. When wood has become infected with fungus or dry rot, it must be removed immediately. Care must also be taken to ensure the source of moisture is sealed to prevent further leaks. If left alone, the excess moisture and weakened wood provide a perfect entry point for a colony of termites.

Wood Boring Beetles

License-To-Kill treats for wood boring beetles in a variety of ways depending on the severity of the infestation; whole structure fumigation, local spot treatments or wood replacement.

Cellulose Debris

Any type of paper trash, leaves, wood branches, firewood, cardboard, etc. left under the home will encourage termites to feed there. Removal of these items will decrease the chances of infestation.

Soil to Wood Contact

When wood directly contacts soil, the wood decays rapidly. Timber to soil contact conceals termite infestations and causes dry rot and fungal infections. Typically, the wood will need to be replaced - or at the very least, the soil re-graded.

Faulty Grade Levels

When soil is even or above the concrete foundation of the structure, it may be concealing infestations, fungal infections or dry rot. A flash wall or re-grading the soil may prevent termite infestations.

Wood Destroying Pests In San Diego

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Drywood Termites

Drywood termites prefer to infest dry wood and are commonly found in walls and attics.

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Subterranean Termites

Subterranean termites require moisture to survive and are typically found coming in through the base of the structure.

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Fungus & Dry Rot

Fungus or dry rot produce spores, which are like tiny seeds that are distributed by wind and water.

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Wood Boring Beetles

Wood boring beetles lay their eggs in wood and commonly damage wood facing.

If Termites Are Found

Upon completion of the termite escrow inspection, License-To-Kill will e-mail, fax or mail the report to the authorized party responsible for the wood destroying pests and organism inspection report. At your request, we can expedite this process to within 24 hours of the property’s inspection.

If you have another inspection report and wish for a second opinion, we welcome you to e-mail, fax or mail it to us. Our termite technicians will inspect your property, suggesting alternative methods of control where available. When secondary treatments are not available, your License-To-Kill termite technician will offer competitive pricing for primary termite treatments. After the property has been inspected and corrected, a clearance of the property can be issued, finalizing the sale.

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Why People Choose License To Kill

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All of our employees are fully state licensed, bonded and undergo thorough federal background checks before visiting you.

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