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Written by Tim Denner
on March 25, 2021

When you become a homeowner for the first time, there is a lot to learn. The first time you purchase a house there are words, phrases, and rules you probably never encountered before. Once you are finished with the process of purchasing the house there are still things that you will learn over time. For example, the various aspects of proper home maintenance can take years to fully grasp and perfect. If you are in a place where you are purchasing a house or are relatively new to homeownership, it can feel overwhelming. What should you pay attention to? What do the various reports like the appraisal, inspection report, and wood destroying organism report mean? You will have to talk to your real estate agent about the appraisal and the inspection report. But if you are curious about what to expect from a narrative wood destroying organism report, keep reading. 

What is a narrative wood destroying organism report?

A narrative wood destroying organism report is something you will receive after you have a termite inspection on your home. The report will be written in narrative which means that it will be written in a way that you – the homeowner – can understand. This report will tell you about the condition of your home in relation to wood destroying organisms. If you have termites or other wood-destroying pests in your home, the WDO report will outline the extent of the infestation and the damage. The report will also let you know whether or not there are signs of previous termite activity or cause to believe that your home is in danger of developing an infestation. If you have an active infestation, you will find treatment recommendations in the report. If you do not have an active infestation, the report will include information about ways you can keep your home protected from developing an infestation. 

Who should get a narrative wood destroying organism report?

A narrative WDO report is a must for anyone who owns a home. If you are in the process of purchasing a home, the ideal time to get a WDO inspection is before you purchase the house. The information you get from the WDO report can help you during the buying process and afterward. For example, if there is an active infestation in the property you want to buy, you can negotiate with the sellers for treatment or a reduction in cost. The same goes for repairs that are needed because of termites or other pests. If you already own a home but never had it inspected for termites, it is important to schedule an inspection as soon as possible. Termites can silently eat away to the structural wood of your property. It can be difficult for homeowners to spot signs of termite activity until it gets to a place that is severe. Scheduling a free termite inspection and looking over the WDO report will provide you with important information about the condition of your home. 

Every day that you go without having your home properly inspected for termites is another day that it remains at risk. You have nothing to lose by scheduling a free termite inspection from the pros at TAPS Termite. After the inspection, you will receive a narrative wood destroying organism report that will provide you with the information you need to determine if your home should be treated for termites.

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