Buying a property is one of the biggest investments you can make in your life. It is crucial to make sure that you are making a sound investment and that the property you are buying is in good condition. That’s why it is important to have a property inspection before finalizing the purchase. A property inspection typically includes a general inspection of the interior and exterior of the property, as well as a Wood Destroying Insect (WDI) inspection. Skipping the WDI inspection can be a big mistake and can end up costing you a lot of money in the long run.
What is a Wood Destroying Insect Inspection?
A Wood Destroying Insect Inspection is a specific type of inspection that is designed to identify the presence of wood-destroying insects, such as termites, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees, as well as the damage they have caused. These insects can cause significant damage to the structural integrity of a property, and can be difficult and expensive to treat.
Why is it important to have a WDI inspection?
A WDI inspection is important because it can help to identify potential problems with the property before you buy it. If the inspection reveals the presence of wood-destroying insects, you can negotiate with the seller to have the issue addressed or to lower the price of the property to account for the cost of treatment. Skipping the WDI inspection can result in you buying a property with a serious pest problem that you may not be able to detect until it is too late.
In addition to identifying the presence of pests, a WDI inspection can also help to identify any damage that has been caused by these insects. This damage can include weakened or damaged wood beams, floor joists, and other structural elements. If left untreated, this damage can lead to serious safety issues and can be very expensive to repair.
What happens if you skip the WDI inspection?
If you skip the WDI inspection, you run the risk of buying a property with a serious pest problem that you may not be able to detect until it is too late. This can result in costly repairs and treatment, and can even put your safety at risk. Additionally, if you discover the pest problem after you have bought the property, it will be your responsibility to pay for the treatment and repairs, regardless of whether the seller was aware of the problem or not.
In conclusion, skipping the Wood Destroying Insect Inspection during a property inspection when you are buying a property can be a costly mistake. It is important to have this inspection conducted by a licensed pest control professional, like us, to identify any potential problems with the property, and to ensure that you are making a sound investment. Don’t risk your safety or your financial stability by skipping this important step in the property buying process.