The Top Ten Most Common House Defects in Litigation
1. Termite Damage - Since I practice in Texas and began in Houston, Termites are endemic. The saying from entomologists like Jeff Tucker, a Board Certified Entomologist in Houston, is that on the Texas Gulf Coast, it is not a matter of "IF" the home gets termites but "WHEN".
Termites cause billions of damage every year. The good news is that the horrific period between 1989 and 2000 when chlordane was banned and the chemicals were ineffetual is over. Termidor or fipronil has proven effective even when the treater does not execute their job correctly.
But beware, just because a house has been treated with fipronil, the damage is still there. In other words, a termite treatment may eliminate a termite infestation of a house or structure. It does not do a thing for the damage already done to the house.
So, if you are considering a house that has been treated for a termite infestation, you would do well to investigate that treatment and look for signs of termite damage. If not, you could end up as a client of mine.