Termite Trouble: Why a WDO Inspection Is Necessary When Buying a Home

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Home inspections are an important part of buying a home. They protect buyers, sellers and even real estate agents. In addition to standard inspections, some states require WDO inspections. The McCall Service team, providing termite control and other types of pest control in Florida, explains how these special inspections can save you money and headaches.

What Are WDO Inspections?

Regular home inspections are designed to uncover roof, plumbing, structural and electrical issues throughout the home. WDO inspections have a more specific purpose: to discover infestations or areas vulnerable to wood-destroying organisms (WDOs).

Certified WDO inspectors look for signs of damage by termites and wood-destroying fungi, carpenter ants and bees, old house borers, powder post beetles and other pests. Common areas of focus include attics, yards and crawlspaces.

Are WDO Inspections Worth the Cost?

While you may not be thrilled at the prospect of spending money on another inspection, be aware that WDO inspections are well worth the investment. Many homeowners call for termite control after finding termite wings or droppings, also known as frass. Unfortunately, a great deal of damage can already have occurred once you see evidence of an infestation. The cost of repairing damage from wood-destroying organisms can reach into the thousands, so catching the problem early is essential.

How Do WDO Home Inspections Help Buyers?

Now that we’ve answered the question, “What are WDOs?,” it’s important to understand how these specialized inspections can help. Besides being required by some state governments, insurers, and federally backed home loan programs, WDO inspections can help buyers determine whether buying an infested home is worth it. These inspections can also help buyers in the negotiation process. Knowing the extent of damage helps determine how much of a reduction to ask for to cover termite control services and remediation costs.

Call McCall for Your WDO Inspection

McCall Service provides termite control treatments in many Florida communities. We’re proud to offer WDO home inspections to help homeowners and buyers find infestations or the potential for wood-destroying organism problems. Whether you’re a homeowner seeking peace of mind or a buyer trying to make an informed purchase decision, we can help. Contact us for more information about our WDO inspection service, or ask about our safe, effective termite control solutions today.

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