What exactly is a Termite Inspection - WDO inspection?
When obtaining a mortgage or a mortgage guarantee to finance the purchase of a home, you most likely will be required to obtain a WDO inspection by the bank, the mortgage company, or the guarantor (FHA, VA, HUD, etc.) to inspect for indications of infestation of wood-destroying organisms that may exist in a building using a visual-only examination.
Termite Inspection, Serving Palm Beach, Martin and St Lucie counties performed by a third party.
Although commonly referred to as a “Termite Inspection,” WDO stands for “wood-destroying organisms,” and a proper WDO inspection looks for evidence of infestation by termites (both subterranean and drywood types), wood decay, wood-devouring beetles, as well as evidence of past infestations, damage to wood, or conditions conducive to infestations, and evidence of past treatments.
The importance of getting a good WDO inspection:
First off, when you are buying a home, the WDO inspector is working for you – not the real estate agent, and not the seller. You are the one who will be stuck with the bill if the home you buy turns out to have a termite or other WDO problem that is not detected during the pre-sale inspection.
Understand that a proper WDO inspection costs money. Credentialed WDO inspection companies spend thousands of dollars a year on continuing training, certifications, inspection equipment, and insurance in order to provide you with the best inspection possible. So be very suspicious of companies offering cut-rate or “quickie” inspections. As with anything else, you generally get what you pay for.