Information for Realtors & Home Buyers
Pest control regulations in the U.S. vary by state law. Termite control is no exception. Residents of Pennsylvania should review local laws and regulations when arranging commercial pest control solutions. The PDF file linked below outlines the state policies in Pennsylvania
Download PDF: Pennsylvania state termite control laws and regulations
Each year, Universal Pest Services perform hundreds of Wood-Destroying Insect inspections, which are required before a home is sold or refinanced. Commonly called a "WDI report," its purpose is to look for any signs of visible evidence of termites, old house borers, powder post beetles, carpenter ants, or carpenter bees that may be present in the structure. The current owner is usually responsible for treating any reported infestation before the transaction can be completed. We will come out and do a WDI Report for $80 and comes with a 1 year warranty.
Both seller and buyer should be aware that this report covers only what an inspector concludes from what is visible on the date of the inspection. Wood-destroying insects choose secretive hiding spots that are often impossible to detect. This means that a report indicating no visible infestation is no guarantee that these insects are totally absent from the home.
Homeowners are sometimes reluctant to admit to potential buyers that their homes are damaged by termites. For some people, the mere mention of the words "termite damage" conjures up images of tiny insects with very big teeth dining on weight-bearing wood beams until a home collapses in a heap of sawdust. Thankfully this is not usually the case.
If you are the seller, your best approach is to openly acknowledge any insect activity and damage in your house and have it addressed if necessary. This helps ensure your home’s sale ability and avoids potential legal problems. If you are the buyer, we recommend that you order the WDI inspection and accompany the inspector during the examination. In this way, you can know what was seen and what was inaccessible and make your own decision about the home you are considering.
Representing the seller
If you represent the Seller, here are some helpful questions and answers.
Why do we have to have termite inspections?
Because the buyer needs to be aware of any past or present wood destroying insect problems in the property. The seller may or may not be aware of any past or present wood destroying insect problems.
When should the inspection be done?
We recommend an inspection as soon after listing as possible with no paperwork issued. This will tell you if you have any problems and will give you time to deal with the problem before a buyer comes into the picture. The inspection with written report needs to be done within 30 days of closing. Problems can be addressed without a scramble or delay of closing.
What if termites or other wood destroying insects are found?
If an infestation is discovered a graph with corrective treatment procedures will be prepared along with the written proposal for treatment. If necessary we will document with digital pictures.
What will it cost?
We will come out and do a WDI Report which includes for $100 and comes with a 1 year warranty.
Representing the buyer
If you represent the buyer, here are some helpful questions and answers.
Why Termite inspections?
Your client deserves a comprehensive termite and wood destroying insect inspection report by a licensed inspector. Perfection inspectors have been providing inspections to the tri-state for over 24 years and have inspected over 10,000 homes and businesses.
- What will the inspection report tell your client?
- If there is any visible evidence of termite or other wood destroying insect infestations in the structure at the time of the inspection.
- It will reveal if there is visible evidence of previous treatment for termites or other wood destroying insects.
- It will reveal any visible (current or previous) termite or other wood destroying insect damage to the structure.