Why Do I Need a Termite Inspection Report?
When you are you are buying or selling a home, termites can put a real damper on your plans. Every year termite infestations cost U.S. homeowners billions of dollars. The last thing you want to deal with when you move into a new home is termites, which is why getting a termite inspection report is so important. If you are selling your home, it can help you by showing potential buyers that your house is free from termites and is a good investment.
What Does a Termite Inspection Report Do?
Also known as a wood destroying organisms (WDO) inspection report, termite letter, clearance letter, official wood infestation report, or a real estate report, the termite inspection report or the Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report as it is actually titled in the state of Georgia, guarantees that a property has been inspected for termites (among other wood destroying organisms) and found to be termite free. It is not included in the general home inspection cost, but it is an important part of the home buying process.
The typical termite inspection takes about an hour. This is dependent upon the size of the home and property. The condition of the property, such as personal items stored in the structure, or if the property is cluttered can also affect the length of time it takes to conduct an inspection. In addition to termites, the inspector is looking for other wood destroying insects like powder post beetles, old house borers, and wood decay fungus and conditions that make a home conducive to infestations during an inspection for an Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report.
When is it Required?
Georgia law does not require a termite inspection report when a house is sold, but many lenders do require an inspection and clearance letter. For instance, when using a VA loan to buy a home, you must get a termite letter. When you are purchasing property for real estate investments, termite reports may be part of the process. Even if they are not, you should still do it anyway, especially if any other homes in the neighborhood have had termite problems.
Regardless of whether your lender requires a clearance letter or not, it is still a good idea to get one. A new home is a big purchase, and you want to make sure that the property you are sinking your money into is move in ready and termite free. When you move in, you don’t want the added stress of dealing with termites, or worse, finding out later that you have termites and have to pay hundreds, if not thousands of dollars to repair damage.
When you are buying or selling your home, you have enough to deal with. The last thing you want to think about is a termite infestation. At North Fulton Pest Solutions, we can make the home sales experience easier by providing you with a termite inspection report. Visit our site to request a termite inspection or give us a call to schedule a time for one of our technicians to visit the property and conduct a termite inspection.