Between our attorney, the seller, and termites, I like the termites best!
June 3, 2012 11:14 AM Subscribe
Can we get the previous owner to pay up for termite treatment? Two years later? Details inside.
posted by InsanePenguin to home & garden (2 answers total)
Two years ago we bought our home in NJ. Our home inspector recommended getting the house treated for termites, so we had our attorney add that to the list of things for the seller to fix before we bought the house. After such things had been taken care of, we bought the house. A month ago we got swarmers, which means termites have been active in our house anywhere from 3-5 years. I got a couple of quotes, and all of the companies said there was no evidence of previous treatment (no holes drilled in porch, no ditches dug for the chemical gel, etc.) It's looking like two years ago, the seller skipped out on the termite treatment. We didn't know any better and didn't know what to look for, and our attorney was pretty useless all around.
Is this something we should go after the seller for, or is he likely off the hook because we bought the house anyway? The only record we have of asking for the treatment is in a letter to the seller from our then-attorney.
Of course, this comes up just after we decide we're going to put our house up for sale and move to NC!