When you are buying a new home, it is imperative to have it inspected by a professional exterminator who understands the signs of carpenter ants, termites or other wood destroying pests. A pest infestation is the silent destroyer of buildings because the insects lurk in hidden locations such as wood frames, drywall and other materials that contain cellulose. Unless you are an expert, you won’t know what to look for to understand if there are pests hiding in the damp and dark areas of the home that you are planning on buying.
A wood destroying organism (WDO) will attract other types of contamination, leading to a home that is in bad condition. A building’s wooden or cellulose materials might have mold growth that creates moisture that attracts termites or carpenter ants. A WDO inspection is a specialized process designed for finding insects and other types of contamination.
In order to perform a wood destroying organism inspection, the inspector must have certification in professional pest control methods along with a license from the state. You can make sure that the pest control technician is qualified by checking the state’s licensing board. It is also possible to call the licensing board to confirm that the inspector is licensed. In many cases, a lender such as a bank or credit union has a list of qualified WDO inspectors available who will provide expert service.
WDO Inspections Required?
Several states require wood destroying organism inspections before a home is financed by the government or private lenders. The reason for this type of inspection is making sure that the home is a good financial investment for a lender and a new homebuyer. A building with carpenter ants or termites is under attack by pests that are tunneling through the cellulose materials or eating the wood. Without fast remediation, the home will undergo serious damage to it supporting structures, making it dangerous to live in. If you buy a home with wood eating pests, then you will need to spend thousands of dollars in only a few years on repairs to the wooden beams, paneling or flooring.
Benefit 1: You Won’t Waste Money On a Pest Infested Home
With a pest inspection before you buy a home, you can avoid wasting money on a building that has significant damage to its supporting structures. In most cases, a lender won’t offer you a mortgage until the pests are eliminated from a home, and you can also negotiate for a reduced price on the home because it required fumigation to get rid of the insects.
Benefit 2: You Won’t Need To Cope With an Extermination Process
If you need to move into a home right away, then you can look for a different property to buy because the fumigation and repair process can require a lot of time. You won’t have the inconvenience of buying a home that you can’t live in while it undergoes tenting to eliminate the termites and carpenter ants.
Benefit 3: Protecting You From an Injury
A home with wood eating pests can become dangerous because the flooring may collapse or the ceiling might fall. While walking on the stairs in a building with termites or carpenter ants, you can fall through a stairstep, or it may collapse, causing you to fall down an entire flight of stairs.