Does California Law Require Termite Inspections?

California does not require termite inspections during the sale or transfer of real estate. 

This inspection is usually considered a part of the contract and can be negotiated. A buyer can request that the seller conduct a termite inspection before they make an offer on a property they are interested in purchasing. They will also need to pay for any repairs that were made during that inspection. 

Although there is no state requirement for a home inspection, it is recommended that you have one before closing escrow. This is because termites can cause significant damage to the property’s infrastructure. 

A lender may require that you have a termite inspection before you can receive a loan. Some lenders require that you submit a termite inspection to them. Ask your loan officer whether they require termite inspections to fund the loan.

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