Termite inspections are a significant part of the home buying process and can make or break a deal. Despite the importance of this process, many people are still unsure how to actually read their termite inspection reports (also commonly referred to as a wood-destroying organisms report), leaving a lot of room open for misinterpretation. With an investment as large as a home, there shouldn’t be any uncertainty about going through with the transaction. You want to know without a doubt that you’re making the right decision. The best way to do that is by learning the basic elements of an inspection report and what it all means.
Types of Reports
Reports may be modified from state to state, but generally, you will see one of four different types. The first is an original, or complete, report that includes the results found for a thorough property examination. These are usually used for free-standing residential structures. Next, is a limited report, which covers the findings of an inspection conducted for a multi-unit structure (such as condominiums) where only part of the building is inspected, but can also be requested for just a particular portion of a home.
A supplemental report becomes an extension of either of the first two reports when an area of the property that was previously unavailable for inspection is now available or if further damages are found once repairs are being made. The final kind of report is a reinspection, which becomes necessary when a company other than the one writing the original report performs repairs as recommended on one of the first three types of reports.
Possible Conclusions Drawn From Your Inspection
Your report will detail the conclusions found during the termite inspection, and there are three possible outcomes you could face. No evidence means that the property is in the clear and the inspector didn’t come across any signs of past or present termite activity. Evidence of damage signifies that the inspector sees areas that indicate termites have previously been active and left damages behind in their wake, but there’s nothing to demonstrate a current infestation. A report that states an active infestation reveals that there is an existing termite problem that needs to be addressed immediately.
Main Components of the Report
There are two main components of any termite inspection report. One part will cover whatever the inspector’s findings were during their search of the premises, presenting one of the three conclusions as explained above. The other part specifies any concerns that the inspector may have about the potential for future termite activity. They are trained to spot areas of vulnerability that need to be taken care of and make suggestions regarding preventative actions and/or treatment.
Don’t fail to carefully go over your report once it’s been completed, and if you have any additional questions, don’t hesitate to ask your termite inspection professional for an in-depth explanation before finalizing your property purchase.