Working Out the Bugs

A colony of termites had taken up residence in a home. Real estate pro Alexis Bolin realized this home was going to be a challenge to sell.

JUNE 2010 | BY MICHELLE HOFMANN

It all started with the roof, explains Alexis Bolin, CRS®, SFR, a broker-associate for ERA Legacy Realty in Pensacola, Fla.

A leak uncovered during the home inspection determined that the roof needed to be replaced. No problem. The sellers agreed to have a new roof installed at their expense, Bolin explains.

During the roof installation, though, the contractor found live termites and called Bolin. The veteran real estate pro arranged for a pest control company to check out the problem. It confirmed the live termites.

So Bolin notified the sellers, who promptly authorized the pest control company to treat the entire house and put the house under a termite contract for the buyers.

"Ordinarily, finding live termites wouldn't pose such a problem with folks who live in the south because termites are common. In fact, there's a saying in this area: 'Either you have termites or you're going to get termites.' It's just a matter of time," Bolin says.