When it comes to buying a new home, you can never be too careful. Home inspections are often used to ensure the structure is sound, electrical and plumbing networks are in optimal condition and the HVAC system is efficient. But one inspection often overlooked and indeed just as essential, is the WDO Inspection, or the Wood Destroying Organism Inspection. Wood destroying organisms can really cause costly damages and if you recently purchased a home infested with these nasty pests, your dream investment will turn into a nightmare. We at A-Tex Pest Management would like to expound on the WDO Inspection.
What Are Wood Destroying Organisms?
Wood destroying organisms is planted life or arthropods that damage and have the capability for re-infestation with seasoned wood in the structures; these organism examples include powder post, old house borers, termites, carpenter insects and wood-decaying fungi.
The most common WDO is destructive termite. Living in colonies the subterranean termites, for example, consumes between 10 and 17 grams of wood each day per colony; devouring upwards of a pound a month and $5 billion in damage a year collectively in the United States.
Preparing for a Pest Inspection
Investing in a WDO in regards to the real estate industry, whether you are buying or selling, is highly optimized in a number of ways. To better prepare for your inspection service, consider the following tips:
1) Make sure that all discussed by the inspector verbally is in the official report. Make sure all pertinent information is included in the official report.
2) Inquire with the current homeowner (if buying) if they have a termite bond currently and if so, if possible, get a copy of the contract and exact costs. Limitations such as types of damaged and years covered vary with most companies as well as charges involved for transferring a termite bond to a new homeowner.
3) A WDO inspection can bring any potential problems to your attention before you obtain a contract and save you headaches and surprises if you are selling a property. Because of WDO issues that were found within 30 days of closing, a lot of potential buyers will cancel a contract; or at best, a seller provides this document to any possible purchasers of your home showing it is free and clear of any visible WDO issues.
4) Saving any questions for the conclusion of the inspection, be sure to attend the entire inspection without interference if at all possible.
5) Make sure you receive, read, and ask the questions you have concerning the inspection report before the inspector leaves the site.
WDO Pest Inspection Reports & More in Austin, Round Rock, Leander, Pflugerville & Cedar Park, Texas
With A-Tex Pest Management, our WDO inspectors have the experience, certifications, and training to perform a comprehensive inspection. Searching the entire building in its entirety for any signs of wood-destroying organisms; documenting evidence of the specifics and details if any are present along with any other pertinent information is all included in the official report and presented to the customer inquiring for the service. If you are interested in a WDO inspection, call A-Tex Pest Management today and schedule your WDO Inspection.