Inspector with glove putting finger on wood (l) termites up close (c) inspector hand glove crumbling termite poop in fingers (r)

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‘Always hire your own inspector’: Pest inspector finds termite infestation shortly after newly purchased home passed inspection

'He did that inspection from the truck.'


Moises Mendez II


Posted on Apr 22, 2022   Updated on Apr 25, 2022, 11:49 am CDT

A TikTok video showed a termite infestation in a house that was just purchased. The realtor allegedly told buyers it passed inspection. Upon further review from a professional inspector, he was quickly able to tell that wasn’t true.

In the video, the inspector can be heard asking the owners how long ago they bought the house and asking if it had an inspection done. The owner can be heard off-camera saying it was recently bought and that it passed inspection. The owners also revealed to the inspector that the realtor recommended a pest inspector, which the inspector advised against. He goes on to show the signs of termite infestation.

“Always choose your own termite inspector when buying a home,” he writes in the caption.


Has this happened to you? Always choose your own termite inspector when buying a home. Please share. Spread the word #fyp #foryou #foryoupage #foryourpage #fy #fypシ #inspector #homeinspection #realtor #home #buyer #sale #termites #duet

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The video also featured photos of the original inspector’s review where it can clearly be seen that they wrote there was no infestation found.

The TikTok was viewed over five million times and over 4,400 people left comments on the video. One commenter noticed the price of the initial inspection and said, “Well $65.00 he did that inspection from the truck.” Someone else wrote, “That should fall under Theft by Deception. They have their own guy so he can lie on the paperwork for them.”

Some realtors in the comments suggested the homeowners should seek legal counsel and get this resolved, while others wanted to make sure people know this isn’t a regular practice. “A realtor provides options of who to use. realtors don’t receive kickbacks. the termite and home inspector are licensed separately,” a user commented.

The Daily Dot reached out to the creator via TikTok comment.

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*First Published: Apr 22, 2022, 2:30 pm CDT