Most inspectors call a WDO/termite report that finds no visual evidence of wood-destroying organisms “clear.” Others say “clean” but, either way, you might struggle to find out whether you got a good report if you are not familiar with the state-mandated form. Look at the bottom half of the first page of Florida’s “Wood-Destroying Organisms Inspection Report” form (FDACS-13645) for “Section 2”. Below the text at the top of the section, you will see a checkbox marked “A” with the statement “NO visible signs of WDO(s) (live, evidence or damage) observed.” If that box was checked, as circled above, then no problems were found. A full-page example is reproduced below.
All VA mortgage loans, along with some other lenders, require a clear WDO for the loan. So, if that box isn’t checked, repairs and/or treatment may be necessary to close on the loan. Also, see our blog post Should I be worried about termites if my neighbor's house is being tented?
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To learn more about TERMITES, WOOD ROT AND OTHER PESTS see these blog posts:
• Is the WDO (termite) inspector allowed to poke holes in my wood siding and trim?
• Do carpenter ants cause structural damage to houses in Florida?
• How long before closing can you have a WDO (termite) inspection done?
• How long does Bora-Care® last?
• Where are the most common places to find wood rot on a house?
• Why is it a mistake to store lumber in the crawl space under a house?
• Does the presence of carpenter ants in a house indicate that there are probably also termites?
• How do termites infest a house and remain hidden while doing major damage?
• Are homes in Florida required to have termite protection?
• If termite damage appears to be old, does that mean that termites may no longer be present?
• What does roach poop (fecal pellets) look like?
• When do termites swarm in Florida?
• Does a recent termite company inspection sticker mean there are no termites?
• Can a mobile/manufactured home get termites?
• Do I have to tent the house if I have termites?
• What is the difference between a subterranean termite and a drywood termite?
• What are the green plastic discs in the ground around the house?
• What is a termite shield?
• How does a home inspector evaluate wood rot?
• Does wood rot spread? Is it contagious?
• How do termites get into a concrete block house?
• Do termites eat concrete?
• What is a clean WDO?
• What do termites eat?
• How do I treat wood rot that's listed in my termite-WDO report?
• What causes wood rot on a home?
• Do I really need a termite-WDO inspection?
• What's causing those holes in the fascia?
• Does wood chip mulch in the yard attract termites?
• Why is the inspector calling out rotten wood on my termite inspection?
• I think I have termites. What does a termite look like?
• I'm buying a concrete block house. Do I still need a termite inspection?
• I saw a little termite damage on the baseboard. Should I be concerned?
• Is wood rot found on a home inspection considered serious?
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