Whenever a home or business is being bought or sold, unless it’s a foreclosure, it requires an official WDI inspection of all structures be performed by a licensed, and properly insured, Pest Control company.
All too often the WDI Report is overlooked, or put off until the last minute before the closing on the sale of the property. Since there are very few Pest Control Providers that have the experience to write the WDI Reports, the closing is up in the air often for days, especially if it is deemed that a treatment will be needed to correct an infestation. Termites could cost you the home sale if you aren’t prepared.
The purpose of the WDI report is to inform the new owner about the presence of any wood destroying insects, whether past or present, and about the probability of infestation in the future. It also protects the buyer and lender from purchasing a home that has a WDI problem. The report details conducive issues on the property which could lead to an infestation if not corrected. The primary insects of concern in the State of Texas are Termites, Carpenter Ants and Wood Boring Beetles.
The actual inspection is based on visual evidence of past activity, treatments or present findings of live insects. A graph of the home is drawn out, and all areas conducive will be marked. Any area with Termites will be noted, and the inspector will make sure you are aware of them before moving on. If no one is available we will crack open the tubes after turning on a video camera so that you’re right there with us when we’re performing the inspection. If your report is failed it could delay your home closing or refinance. Always plan in advance and ask your lender what their requirements are so that you are not searching around last minute for an inspection.
- Mud tubes built for traveling above ground
- Damaged or hollow-sounding wood
- Pinholes in drywall or wallpaper
- Small piles of sawdust
- Piles of small wings
- Other specific termite indicators
If you are planning to put your home up for sale in the next couple of years make sure you get regular Termite Inspections to properly maintain your home. As Benjamin Franklin would say, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”