The “Structural Pest Control” or “Wood Destroying Organism” report is prepared by a State Certified Inspector as evidence of the existence or absence of wood destroying organisms or pests which were visible and accessible on the date the inspection was made.
In almost every instance when an inspector receives a request for inspection, the caller refers to it as a “termite inspection.” It seems almost everyone believes that the inspections are limited to inspection for signs of termite activity. This conception is only partially correct.
In addition to looking for subterranean and dry wood termites, the inspector is also looking for signs of activity from other wood destroying organisms such as carpenter ants, carpenter bees and wood destroying fungi.
A Structural Pest Control Report will also check for these conditions:
- Earth to Wood Contact: For example: Wood patio posts buried directly in the soil.
- Excessive Cellulose Debris: For example: Tree cuttings, landscape or construction debris in the foundation area, or stacked against exterior walls.
- Faulty Grade: For example: Soil elevation around the home’s perimeter that does not allow adequate drainage.
- Excessive Moisture: A Wood Destroying Organism Report will also check for water leaks from the roof, showers, outside faucets or cooling systems.
At Bob Taylor Properties, Inc. we suggest that you allow us to order this inspection for you, as we prepare to place your property on the market. It will allow us to make a more complete disclosure to a prospective buyer, and knowing in advance if any repairs are recommended will place you in a stronger negotiating position as offers are received.
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