Whether you are buying or selling a home, a Termite/ Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection is crucial to understanding the health of the home. While a termite/ WDI inspection may feel like one more step in an already complicated process, they are important in evaluating the overall condition of a home. As a buyer, the inspection can help you avoid unpleasant surprises and costly repairs, and to make certain you are not overspending on a home suffering from a termite or wood-destroying insect infestation. As a seller, the inspection can provide your buyer peace of mind and help to finalize the transaction.
Termite/ WDI inspections are often referred to as termite inspections as the focus is, in large part, on evidence of termite activity. However, termites are not the only wood-destroying insect. This highly specialized inspection visually looks for damage caused by insects such as termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, various wood-boring beetles, and their larva. Termite/ WDI inspections should be performed by someone who is competent in determining the presence of the target pests and their damage.
Termite/ WDI inspections are required by lenders when purchasing a home in Maryland. Homes are major investments and termite inspections are not always obvious. Termites and other wood destroying insects can cause thousands of dollars in damage to a property, and mortgage lenders want to be confident that the property is in good enough condition to finance. These inspections are typically recorded by most lenders before a real estate transaction can be complete. Evidence of infestation does not have to throw a real estate transaction into turmoil. If damage is found during the inspection, and subsequently treated and repaired, lenders will typically move forward with loan approval.
A Termite/ WDI inspection will let you know if there is visible evidence of wood-destroying insects inside or outside of your home. During the inspection, a professional inspector will assess all accessible parts of your home for any indication of wood-destroying insects. The inspector will look for damage from insects, as well as for any live or dead insects. If the inspector finds signs of infestation, the inspector will provide evidence in a written report and will note any recommendations for treatment, if necessary.
Contact Stavlas Home Inspections to schedule your Termite/ WDI inspection in central Maryland today. Please note that Stavlas Home Inspections, unlike many pest control contractors, is an impartial third party with nothing to gain from selling of or advising for costly services that may not be needed. You can trust Stavlas Home Inspections to provide nothing but an honest opinion.