Zillow Advice: Buying Process - Termite Damage http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ Zillow Advice | Zillow Real Estate Have a structural engineer ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ Have a structural engineer check everything for your own safety.<br/><br/> Wed, 18 Dec 2013 20:30:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ 2013-12-18T20:30:00Z If there was damage found, ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ If there was damage found, then a structural inspection report will be required for a mortgage and the accompanying structural repairs certified complete.&nbsp; As to replacing interior wall studs and structure, it can certainly be done if someone is willing to spend the money.&nbsp; Regardless of who pays the bill, it will need to be done.&nbsp; The total price of the home is the market price minus the repair minus aggravation and time value.<br/><br/>If you can't get a price you can live with, move on to another home. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 19:35:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ 2013-12-17T19:35:00Z Any damaged wood that isn't ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ Any damaged wood that isn't replaced will continue to be eaten.&nbsp; Sure, it can be "treated" with "tenting", or "injection", or freezing..., but then the termites will come right back and continue eating.<br/><br/>Of course the termites leave enough structure to prevent it from collapsing, but not if there is a change of loading, such as a windstorm...<br/><br/>Sure, you could have the termite company come back every year to treat it again...<br/><br/>But if the damage isn't repaired/replaced now, you will likely need to repair or replace it later, and it isn't going to get any cheaper.&nbsp; So, if it is too expensive now and will "destroy the house", how is doing it later going to be any better?<br/><br/>Are we talking about all the studs in one wall?&nbsp; How was it evaluated?&nbsp; Pin hole inspection cameras?&nbsp; Infrared cameras?&nbsp; Or is it only someone's guess?&nbsp; Is there earth to wood contact at the foundation?&nbsp; Is there a water collection problem at the base of that wall and dry rot?&nbsp; Is the sill plate eaten?&nbsp; Are the cripple wall studs damaged?&nbsp; What kind of exterior finish on the wall?&nbsp; Is the interior drywall or lath and plaster?<br/><br/>If the termite company couldn't give a cost estimate to do the work, how could we do so remotely without even seeing it?<br/><br/>People always tell me that if I have to ask the price, I can't afford it.<br/>Of course it "can be fixed", but is it worth the cost?&nbsp; Many times it is more economical to buy something else.<br/><br/>I highly doubt they ate the entire studs; it is possible to remove a portion of the exterior siding or finish and cut out the damage and spice in new.&nbsp; And it is also possible to do the work from the inside in a similar matter by cutting the drywall or lathe and plaster up to a reasonable height to do the repair.&nbsp; In either case, when the walls are closed and touched up, it is unlikely anyone would notice that the walls were opened.&nbsp; But you do need a good idea of how much you are cutting and how extensive the damage is and what materials you are having to replace.<br/><br/>$40k for the work done sounds extensive.&nbsp; You probably could have had the entire house picked up and put on a new foundation for that.<br/><br/>Is the list price lower than previously now that they are implying that there is an additional $100k work to be done that they were told about and needs to be on any disclosure form?<br/><br/>I think the sellers were ripped off, and that someone is trying to rip you off too.<br/> Tue, 17 Dec 2013 16:37:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ 2013-12-17T16:37:00Z 83% of homes in New Jersey ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ 83% of homes in New Jersey have experienced some sort of termite activity. I'm sorry to hear that the home you're purchasing is included in that 83%. Speak to your attorney and your Realtor regarding this issue. Since you are already represented by a Realtor it would be unprofessional for me to advise or provide an opinion. I do wish you luck and wish I could be more helpful. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:39:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ 2013-12-17T15:39:00Z Well - it will absolutely ... http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ Well - it will absolutely come up when you decide to sell. &nbsp;Smart thinking ahead. &nbsp;Termite damage can be fixed. &nbsp;A contract with a pest control company is recommended so that you can call them at the sign of anything that looks like it might be termite related.<br/><br/>It sounds like the areas that were accessible were repaired. &nbsp; If the exterior wall damage can not be accessed it could potentially be a problem in the future. &nbsp;You said that the repairs fixed most of the problems - why not all? &nbsp;Was it this access issue or something else.<br/><br/>I'm feeling that there are probably other possibilities in town for you. &nbsp;You could certainly ask for a price reduction but the issue would remain. &nbsp;Your agent can help you move forward. &nbsp;If you had a contingency for home inspection &amp; it sounds like you did - this is your way out of the contract. &nbsp;<br/><br/>Good luck! &nbsp;Great town - I grew up on Inwood Ave. Tue, 17 Dec 2013 15:25:00 GMT http://www.zillow.com/advice-thread/Termite-Damage/521840/ 2013-12-17T15:25:00Z