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Is it still a good idea to get the wood-destroying pest inspection done on concrete/steel condos?

I'm currently going through escrow and the condo is made of steel and/or concrete. I was told I don't have to go through that inspection, but with wood cabinets/doors/etc in the unit, wouldn't it still be safe to do so?

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October 24 2013 - San Diego
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Yes I would agree with John. You can double check with your property inspector BUT, most likely, you wouldn't need it. If it is something that will keep you up at night, it should only cost about $75 to get one done.

Thanks!
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October 24 2013
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In California, it is almost always required by the lenders and for certificate of occupancy, as well as your insurance company.

And there often is wood trim; on window and door frames, and on balcony details, even on concrete/steel construction.  In California, we have both subterranean termites and flying termites.  Flying termites would be the concern on the 4th floor.

Not to mention, the pest inspection also includes mold, mildew, and other water issues, which is important to check on any residence.

I can't imagine not doing it.

Besides, there may be a lot more wood framing than you think.
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November 11 2013
We recommend buyers get any and all inspections prior to a real estate purchase. It's cheap insurance. Penny wise pound foolish. 
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November 11 2013
Sounds like you are all set but I agree, probably not necessary on a steel/concrete condo unless your home inspector says otherwise.. 

Also, most lenders require a termite clearance only when requested in the purchase contract.

Good luck and wlecome to the neighborhood!
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November 01 2013
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To answer Jason, it's a mid-rise in SD.

Thanks for all the replies, I found out it was required to be completed per my lender.
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October 28 2013
most likely no depending on where you are located.
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October 27 2013
Short answer - No

Its not needed

Built in '07? Are you buying in one of the Downtown Highrises? Legend/Icon/Mark?

Jason
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October 27 2013
"Termite inspections" is an old term.  We now call them "Wood Destroying Pest Inspections" because carpenter bees and carpenter ants also eat wood.  You are probably safe on the 4th floor.
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October 24 2013
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Only access to 'outdoors' would be the balcony, but the unit is on the 4th floor. It's also a newer bldg ('07) - but I wanted to have peace of mind. I don't know much about how termites/pests would enter in a steel/concrete bldg but I guess you never know? And yes, it will end up costing me money. I could also ask the HOA if they've had any termite/pest problems in the past too...
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October 24 2013
Simple answer, on a condo you own from the walls in.  Lots of inspectors charge a flat fee for structural mechanical as well as termite, so if it isn't going to cost you more, do it.  If it is going to cost money, chances are they aren't going to find anything.  Are you ground level with direct access to outdoors through your unit?
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October 24 2013
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Okay, thank you! :)
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October 24 2013
Your building inspector should be able to tell you whether or not there are any signs that indicate that you should have a specialized pest inspection.

It seems highly unlikely that you do.
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