Understanding the Importance of a WDO Inspection

You can be sure that our wood destroying organism inspectors are working exclusively for you. Our WDO experts can make the process easier by giving you knowledge and peace of mind.

A wood-destroying organism (WDO) means an arthropod or plant life which damages and can re-infest seasoned wood in a structure, namely, termites, powder post beetles, old house borers, and wood-decaying fungi.

The first and most common destructive WDO that comes to mind is termites. Termites live in colonies and the subterranean species consume between 10-17 grams of wood each day per colony. That means that every 28-29 days a colony of termites can devour upwards of one pound of wood per month. In other words, your home could be part of the $5 billion in damage, per year, termites cause to homes just in the United States!

With over 51 years of experience and serving Northeast Florida, we have the trust, experience and integrity that make us the leader in consulting with new and current homeowners. This experience is why Bug Out is trusted by thousands of Realtors, lenders & banks to perform these inspections to help their customers, the consumer, determine if their home has WDO’s.

Some helpful hints to better prepare you for the inspection experience:

  • Attend the entire inspection without interfering with the inspector. Save your questions for the end.
  • Use only a company that allows you to be able to receive, read, and ask questions about the inspection report before the inspector leaves the site.
  • Make sure that the WDO inspector is licensed by a local company. If they state they are PEST ID CARD HOLDERS then ask who holds the license. Also, a real estate company, bank, etc. should not own the company, partially or wholly.
  • Be sure to choose a company with credible industry experience that regularly provides their staff with extensive training.
  • Make sure that whatever the inspector tells you in person, he puts in writing in the final report. If the inspector states anything about the house that you feel has a significant impact on your decision on whether to buy, renegotiate, etc., be sure that statement is included in the report.
  • Find out from the homeowner if they have a current termite bond. Try to get exact costs and if possible, a copy of the contract. Most companies have limits on the number of years and types of damage covered, if any. And some companies charge for transferring a termite bond.
  • The number one rule of thumb when selling your home is to remember that people tend to buy with their senses: seeing, smelling and touching! Just as you may have done when you purchased your current or previous homes.

If you are selling a property, a WDO inspection can alert you to any possible problems before you obtain a contract and save you headaches and surprises. Bug Out Service can help you mitigate any possible WDO items by protecting your home – which is an attractive level of “insurance” (Termite protection or bond) that transfers to the new owner. Most potential buyers will cancel a contract because of WDO issues that were found within 30 days of closing because this inspection is always the last one completed prior to closing. Or best case scenario, as a seller, you can provide this document to any possible purchasers of your home showing it is free and clear of any visible WDO issues.

We all can agree that for most of us, a home is one of the largest investments we will ever make. Whether you’re buying (or selling) a home for the first time, or well-versed in this process, one of the best ways to know you’re making a sound investment is to hire someone you can trust. A company that is Certified (licensed) and has the experience and integrity like Bug Out. We like to think that this makes us the leader in consulting with new and current homeowners and you can be sure that our inspectors are working exclusively for you – not the real estate agent. Our experts can make the buying (or selling) process easier by giving you knowledge and peace of mind.