Wood Infestation Reports

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Wood Infestation Reports

If you are a realtor, home buyer or seller needing a Wood Infestation Report (WIR), then look no further! In the state of Alabama, a WIR is required for a real estate closing by banks and lending institutions. These inspections must be completed by a licensed and bonded termite company. You may sometimes hear a realtor or closing company refer to this report as a Termite Letter or Clearance Letter. Typically, the buyer is responsible for obtaining a WIR.

WIRs must be completed within 30 days of the closing, and they are valid within 90 days of your closing. If your WIR expires prior to closing, we will be happy to re-issue the report, at a cost, if requested within 90 days of the initial inspection.

During the inspection, we will look for any visible signs of a previous or active termite infestation as well as damage, such as decay of the structure below the level of the first main floor.

This includes:

Drywood Termites

Eastern Subterranean Termites

Old House Borers

Powder Post Beetles

Wood Decay Fungus

Once our prompt inspection is completed you will be provided with a written diagram of the structure, and only if any problems are found we will include a written estimate to repair any damage. It is then up to the buyer and seller to determine who will be responsible for the damages. Usually, the seller will take care of the repairs as the WIR is used in real estate for negotiating by the realtor, lender, and/or buyer. If a home has previously had some termite damage that was repaired or the damage was not structurally significant, then it should not interfere with the sale of the home.

It is important to note that a WIR does not guarantee that a home will not have termites. At the time of the investigation, the report outlines the current condition of the home’s structure. It simply states any visible activity or damage. The WIR will mention any potential problem areas that buyers should be aware of at that time. Some things that buyers will need to look for and always be mindful of are:

Cracks in foundation walls

Leaking pipes and faucets

Wood debris around or under the house

Sprinkler systems placed near the outside wall of the home

Flower planters near the home

Trellises and wooden fences that are in contact with the home’s structure

In other words, anything that is damp and has the potential to rot that comes in direct contact with your home’s structure.

At Safety First we make sure that our pricing is fair and competitive. You will also find that our timeliness and customer service is bar none. We understand our clients are anxious and excited to close on their home, so we will provide prompt service to keep the closing process on track. Should issues come up during the inspection, we will treat the area in a timely manner. Your satisfaction is our top priority, and we believe in keeping our customers happy. Call us today for a free quote 251-990-0047.