In addition to the WDO inspection, homebuyers should obtain written documentation of the following:
– termite treatments and termite protection contracts issued on the structure for at least the last three years (longer if available). (Note: Florida law requires pest control companies to issue a written contract whenever termite or other WDO treatments are performed).
– reports of annual inspections conducted as part of a termite protection contract. These reports will indicate if signs of infestation or damage were observed during the
term of the protection contract.
– any WDO inspections performed on the structure within the last year (or longer if
The contract and treatment information should be reviewed to determine if the home has been actively protected against termites. All structures in Florida need to be actively protected and inspected annually. A structure that has not had this protection should be inspected very thoroughly to determine if there is an active infestation.
The reports of annual inspection and previous WDO inspections should be reviewed to determine if infestation or damage has been observed in the past. If infestation or damage was observed, documentation on treatment performed and repairs made should be obtained.
The existence of a past infestation or damage does not necessarily mean that the buyer should not purchase the home. The buyer should obtain additional information,
however, to determine what steps (if any) are needed to put the structure into an acceptable condition.