Ever heard of WDO inspections/ termite inspections? WDO simply stands for wood-destroying organisms. This inspection calls for extensive visual checking for wood decay. This may be as a result of the presence of wood-destroying organisms such as termites, fungus, beetles, and carpenter ants in your home or building.
Is WDO a requirement?
The inspection is never a requirement when selling or purchasing a home but the lending institutions require it.
So, when acquiring any mortgage or finance to purchase a home, the bank or any lending institution will always require a WDO inspection/ termite inspection. This is to ascertain that the house is not damaged or infested by termites or other wood-destroying organisms.
In case of the presence of wood-destroying organisms, the lending company will want the property treated and damages present to be repaired.
You may ask why lending companies would ask for this kind of inspection. The reason is these organisms contribute to a significant amount of damage to properties. Treating these damages can be very costly.
These damages are accounted for by homeowners. They can be avoided if the homeowners can take WDO inspections annually. An annual inspection will ensure the problem is dealt with at an early stage before it worsens.
What to expect from the inspection?
Take note that this inspection should always be done by a licensed inspector. The inspector will do a thorough examination of both the interior and the exterior of your home including the attic and the crawlspaces of your home.
They will also check for leaks, pests damage, and also wood damaged by moisture as moisture is conducive for these kinds of organisms.
After the inspection is complete, the inspector will go over the examination results and give the homeowner recommendations on what needs to be done in terms of repair in case they find evidence of damage or termite infestation.