Posted by tharriso on July 18, 2002 at 13:05:59:
I just bought a home that had some termite damage. It was not extensive, but there was a load bearing wall in the back of the house with some damage around the windows. I too cannot see through walls, so I had to make the assumption that there was significant damage and factored it into the rehab costs. The deal still made sense so I moved forward.
I did have a carpenter look at it and he could not tell one way or the other for sure, so his position was that you have to assume the damage was there until proven otherwise. We did kick the tires a bit. There was some drywall flaking and softness in the walls. This told us there might be a problem. Turns out that there was not a problem.
Just my two cents. There is probably a more scientific way to test for damage.