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FHA Termite Guidelines

The Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, insures mortgages across the nation and throughout the application enables borrowers to obtain financing with little if any downpayment. The lender needs particular instructions, such as for termites, to confirm that the land is well-built and also to protect its investment. In some areas of the nation, termites are a threat to land and are scrutinized to aid in determining property condition. Termites and other wood-destroying insects destroy property and causes billions in damage each year. Properties must meet with specific criteria concerning termites to qualify for an FHA loan.

Termite Inspections

Not all properties are subject to termite inspections under FHA. It only needs a termite inspection if the property has signs of termites or the area in which the property is located in is famous for termite activity. Areas with hot climates have more termite activity, even though wood-destroying pests are found throughout the nation, according to the National Association of Realtors. What’s more, the lender or some state and city laws may require a termite inspection. In California, pest and termite firms used in FHA inspections have to be licensed by the state.

Guidelines for Current Properties

Properties that fall under one of the conditions and which have been in existence for more than one year are checked for termites that were busy. The inspector notes some signs of termite infestation or conditions that are favorable for infestation. The review is effective for 90 days from the date of this review. FHA requires that the property be clear of any active termites and if any are found, then therapy is required and any damage has to be repaired, as stated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Guidelines for New Construction Properties

New homes that have been medicated with methods approved by the International Residential Code (IRC) and the International Code Council (ICC) will fulfill the FHA requirement. If located in one of the recognized geographic areas known for termite activity, builders are required to not just treat the property, but furnish a 1-year guarantee on the treatment used, as stated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Procedures include pressure preservative treated timber, bait systems, chemically treated soil and using naturally termite-resistant wood or building materials.

Treatment and Clearing of Reports

For active termite infestations, possessions must be handled by a certified pest control firm and verified before being insured. Any harm caused by the pests must be repaired. The underwriter waives conditions favorable to termites that have been documented or repaired. Any waiver of requirements from the underwriter needs to be addressed and listed, which may affect the value of this assessment, as stated by the U.S. Department of Housing.

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