WDI Inspections (Wood-Destroying Insects)
If you are on the buying or selling side of the transaction, the WDI Inspection may be one of the most critical components to your home inspection. The WDI Inspection is all about the wood-destroying insects that can wreak complete destruction on a properties structural integrity.
In certain parts of the country, this inspection is called a WDO Inspection, which stands for Wood Destroying Organism. And while many inspectors may simply call this a Termite Inspection, this process involves much more than just checking for termites.
If you are buying a home, then your lender will undoubtedly require the target property to have a WDI Inspection. The National Pest Management Association has released specific guidelines and an inspection report template that have been universally accepted by lenders across the country. And in a dozen states, state regulators have raised the threshold even further by publishing their own guidelines.
Why PrimeFirst Inspections instead of your local pest control company?
In many jurisdictions it is typical for the buyer to pay for the home inspection since their lender requires it. However, if the property in question has dealt with a wood-destroying infestation before, then there is a good chance that the selling property owner already has a maintenance plan in place with a local termite company. These maintenance plans are often a prerequisite for keeping a lifetime warranty for the previous eradication.
If this is the case, then there is nothing wrong with calling that pest control company to come perform an evaluation. You should make sure in advance that they have the certifications to issue a “termite letter” that will be acceptable to your bank.
However, if you will already be getting an independent home inspection that covers all of the other main home systems, then PrimeFirst Inspections can certainly provide you with this “termite letter” as well for your bank.
And what if you are selling your home?
Buyers have consistently noted that having a full home inspection report (including a termite letter) available during the home showing or at the request of a realtor is a huge selling point. This is probably why homes with these pre-listing inspections sell on average of 11 days faster.
So if you are wanting to cut out one more inspection step along the way to buying or selling your home, call the experts at PrimeFirst Inspectors to kill two birds with one stone.
What are common concerns with Wood-Destroying Insect Inspections?
A WDI inspection thoroughly examines all accessible areas of your home for visible evidence of termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and wood-boring beetles . . . among others. Not only do our home inspectors check for the presence of these insects, but just as importantly, they evaluate the environment for these insects to nest and thrive.
Wood-dwelling insects can be divided into two groups: those that use wood as a food (such as termites and wood-boring beetles) and those that use wood for shelter (such as carpenter ants and bees.
Below is an example of a few of these critters that we’ve got to be on the lookout for:
- Carpenter Bees
- Carpenter Ants
- Wood-Boring Beetles