Termite Inspections Sacramento- Common Misconceptions

Often times, as a Pest Inspection and Pest Control company in Sacramento we receive calls from new homeowners who are frustrated that the new home that they purchased has an issue with a common pest, such as ants or spiders, which were not indicated in the report that they attained prior to purchasing the home. If this has happened to you, believe me, you are not alone. It is important to understand that there are different licenses required to identify Wood Destroying Organisms (WDO) and Common Pests. Many inspectors carry both licenses, however when speaking to the real estate process, companies are typically contracted to identify WDO’s such as limited to dry rot, termite infestation or even wood boring beetle infestation for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to lending and peace of mind.

Another common misconception exists when comparing building inspections (home inspections) and WDO Inspections. An honest home inspector should NEVER bid to make repairs to the findings in their report. On the contrary, many termite (WDO) inspection companies are also licensed general contractors and will bid to repair the damages or infestations that they discover. The reason for this is most easily understood by understanding that a WDO inspector cannot create dry rot or a termite infestation, while on the other hand a savvy (immoral) home inspector could easily disconnect a few wires and create the need for a potentially expensive repair.

If findings on either a home or WDO inspection report are being disputed, it is always advised to get the parties that are representing different opinions on location and a common understanding should be sought. In the case of WDO inspections- if a resolution cannot be attained the Structural Pest Board can be contacted and they will act as an impartial 3rd party. Unfortunately, there is not a government branch that regulates home inspections- that is why it is so important to always research any company that is hired to provide opinions on any  purchase, let alone one as personal as a home. Always remember that there is no substitute for experience.

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