WDIIR or termites may ruin your home sale

Buying or selling your home can be both exciting and exhausting at the same time. You have to choose a moving company, find a new home and sell your current home. But whether you’re buying or selling a home, you don’t want any problems to come up that may delay or halt the sale of the home. A WDIIR is something that may be required for the sale of a home, but may be something you know nothing about.

What is a WDIIR?

WDIIR or Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report is a document needed when buying, selling, refinancing or getting your property insured. It can be scary when you hear the term W-D-I-I-R, but if you do your homework and use a trusting inspector, a WDIIR can help make the property transition easier.

First, let’s define what WDIIR actually is. WDIIR usually refers to termite damage. Most banks or lending institutions require a WDIIR before a sale of a home can close. A WDIIR can only be carried out by a licensed inspector who can verify if wood destroying Insect damage is present on the property or building.

A WDIIR is not a “structural damage report – it is only a report about visible damage relating to infestation, not about structural damage for other reasons, such as earthquakes or floods. A WDIIR is not a guarantee of the absence of wood-destroying insects. An inspection is an important tool in evaluating the soundness of a structure” (sb.state.az.us/TermiteInsp.php).

How can wood destroying insects get into my home?

WDIIRs may help identify potential areas of your home where termites (or other wood destroying insects) have infested or where your home is vulnerable to an infestation. You should look for these signs in your home where a wood destroying insect may infest:

  1. Cracks in your foundation walls. It takes a crack of only a “1/64 of an inch wide to give termites and other wood destroying insects hidden access to a house” (sb.state.az.us/TermiteInsp).
  2. Leaking pipes, faucets, plumbing or sprinklers. Termites (like most insects) look for moisture for survival. Moisture can keep wood and soil damp that may attract termites and make the ideal environment for them to breed.
  3. Wood debris in or around your home. Wood (whether damp or dry) can easily sustain colony of termites.
  4. Flower containers or planters. If you have a planter attached to your home, it may allow easy direct access to the inside of your home – especially if your home has any exterior cracks.
  5. Wooden trellises and wooden fences. They can be a direct link between subterranean termites in the soil and the wood in the structure because it touches or is placed into the soil.

Do I need a WDIIR?

WDIIR’s are usually required by a lending institution and state law dictates that WDIIR’s meet certain minimum standards (sb.state.az.us/TermiteInsp).  So if you’re buying a home or commercial property, you may need a WDIIR. By law, all pest control applicators, companies and inspectors must be licensed by the Pest Management Division.

We are proud to announce that we now offer termite inspection WDIIR service. Our wood destroying insect inspection service is an expansion of our thorough pest management service. We care about your home and any pest infestations which is why we are excited to offer our termite inspection service. If you should have any questions about our termite infestation service, questions about WDIIRs or our other pest management services, please email us at desertcastlepc@gmail.com or call/text us at (480) 593-7034.