When buying a new home, it is important to hire experts for the home inspection and termite inspection. These are two separate inspections performed by different experts. Most certified home inspectors are not qualified to complete termite inspections. Once you purchase a home, regular termite inspections – typically performed on an annual basis – are recommended to monitor for termite activity.
Licensed termite inspectors are certified to inspect homes for signs of termite activity and provide treatment for prevention and control, where needed. Licensed inspectors are trained in the products and methods used for structural pest control, and have passed state examinations verifying their knowledge and skills.
Frequently, sales transactions for existing homes require termite certification, which may be called a wood-destroying organisms report (WDOR or WDIR) or official wood infestation report. Some people may refer to these documents as a clearance letter or real estate report. Other terms previously used to describe this report include termite letter and termite bond. This document is simply an official copy of a recent termite inspection report. Many states require termite inspectors use a specific form for the report to ensure the consistency and quality of inspections.
Many lenders require termite reports on existing homes before loaning money to homebuyers. Even if it is not required for a home purchase, buyers should request an inspection by a licensed termite inspector. Termite damage is fairly common in many states, especially in the Southeast. In fact, termites cause more damage to U.S. residences than tornadoes, hurricanes, wind and hail storms combined. A termite inspection by a licensed termite inspector can help educate homebuyers on past and present termite activity and damage.
For new homes built in areas where subterranean termites are particularly active, many lenders require new home termite treatment certification. This certification is an official document describing termite prevention actions taken by a builder during a new home’s construction. For example, the document will note if the builder hired a pest control company to provide physical termite barriers or pre-construction soil treatment in the home building process.
Since termite prevention methods can increase the cost of a home, make sure to discuss your expectations with your builder. If you decide to use pre-construction termite prevention methods, talk to your builder about the pest control company’s experience in termite prevention and control.
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