There are so many things to do and to think about once you have determined that you are going to sell your home! There is the general cleanup, landscaping for maximum curb appeal, de-cluttering of furniture and knickknacks, possibly re-flooring and painting; all of these so important for a great first impression! What you may not see or think about initially, are those little critters called termites, which can wreak havoc on a property! So, when was the last time you had a pest inspection? Has your home ever been fumigated? Are the termites eating away in your attic? The very best thing you can do for your home is to have a professional pest inspection of the dwelling, including decks and outbuildings.
If a property is to be sold, it is characteristically the seller’s obligation to hire a pest control company to evaluate and report on the presence/non-presence of wood destroying organisms. The wood destroying pests and organisms inspection report will break down the repairs that may need to be done into Section One Repairs and Section Two Repairs. In order to understand the differences between Section One and Section Two repairs, I have defined the differences below.
Section One contains items where visible evidence of active infestation (termites, beetles, etc.) or infection (wood decay fungi) were found. Old evidences will not be listed as section one unless damage exists that would require repair. Damage is defined as a wood member, which has been structurally weakened to a point that it no longer performs its intended function. If the damage exists as a visible portion of the interior or exterior it must be repaired or replaced as it is cosmetically compromised. Only damaged portions of wood members must be repaired or replaced if the wood member does not bear structural loads. Structural members must be repaired in a style as to retain the structural integrity. The size, scope and/or cost of a recommended correction does not cause that item to be a section one correction. The correction must be related to an active infestation or infection to be categorized as a section one item.
Section Two contains items where a condition exists that is “deemed likely” to lead to infestation or infection. This includes, but not limited to, plumbing leaks, excessive moisture conditions, wood to ground contact, roof and shower leaks. The cost or extent of needed correction has no effect on this designation. This section may also include recommended corrections to moisture-damaged items such as cabinets or drywall. The word “damage” does not necessarily designate a correction as section one. Damage caused by leakage or some other moisture condition is a section two item unless infestation or infection is present. Mold growths are not an infection as they are not a wood destroying fungus.
Further Inspection recommendations may be made if there is an area of the structure which would normally be inspected, but is not accessible for one or more reasons such as locked access door, lack of adequate clearances below floors or excessive storage. A Further Inspection recommendation cannot be listed as section one or section two, unless there is visible evidence of infestation, infection or adverse conditions extending into or from the inaccessible area.
Information items may be listed on a termite report in order to disclose to parties of interest, questionable conditions where there is no clear evidence of adverse conditions.
For more information and questions relating to pest inspections, reports and what they mean, you will want to seek the advice of a pest control professional.
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