Although not always a requirement, having a house checked for termites is an extremely good idea, especially when the house is in the process of being sold. As a realtor, you have probably witnessed a few cases where problems were uncovered after a sale goes through… and it can be ugly.
In the case of termites, these insects are found in practically every state in the United States and can cause havoc if not dealt with promptly. Being so, it is good to take preventative measures such as having the home undergo a wood destroying insect inspection (WDIR).
What is the Wood Destroying Insect Report?
In order to identify the presence of wood destroying insects such as termites, there is a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection that can be conducted which is reported on an official form. This inspection is actually required in order to get certain types of loans so you may have heard your buyers talking about this or having it conducted.
In our guide written specifically for those in the real estate industry, you can learn more about what exactly this inspection entails and who to contact in order to request it.
Why it’s important?
This inspection and report is important in order for a transparent sale to go through. Each home undergoes an inspection for plumbing, electrical, etc., but oftentimes the presence of wood destroying insects isn’t automatically included.
This can leave disgruntled buyers coming back to you and the seller after the sale ready to file a lawsuit because they weren’t aware of the issue. To prevent any issues and to ensure all your sales go through seamlessly, recommending the WDIR is a good idea. This will prevent problems, and increase the amount of happy clients that refer you to their friends and family.