Real Estate Inspection Services
Springer provides pest control services for prospective homebuyers and realty professionals around Des Moines and Central Iowa. In the realty industry, we know fast service is often a must. We can determine whether the house is pest-free and whether it’s ever had a pest problem in the past.
Wood Destroying Insect Report
A Wood Destroying Insect Inspection Report (WDI), a common termite inspection, is usually required when a home is bought, sold, or refinanced. These unbiased inspections, governed by the National Pest Management Association, are conducted to ensure a property is not damaged or inhabited by wood-destroying insects.
The visual inspection is non-invasive. The inspector searches all readily accessible areas (without moving items locked in place) in and around the home, including basements and crawl spaces, main living areas, closets, attics, sheds, and garages.
What We Search For
Areas with higher moisture levels (like window frames and leaking pipes), below-grade wooden components (subflooring, drywall, and rim and floor joists), and certain geographic locations are more prone to attract wood-destroying insects like termites.
We look for evidence in the form of living or dead insects, shelter tubes and exit holes, stains, larvae excrement, and damaged wood. Springer doesn’t stop with termites, however; we also look for other harmful wood-destroying insects like powder post beetles, carpenter ants, and carpenter bees.
Insect damage can be costly to repair and reconstruct, so don’t close on a house before Springer inspects it for you. We have been performing these inspections for over a quarter of a century, so we know exactly what to look for.
Once you receive your report from us, you’ll see that it’s either “clear,” which means no visible evidence was found and no immediate treatment is needed or “not clear,” which indicates that the property either had a pest problem in the past (inactive) or has one presently (active). All parties involved will be informed of where the problem was found.
Keep in mind that some degree of damage will be hidden from view during a solely visual inspection, so you shouldn’t rely on this report as an indication of structural damage. If further inspection is needed, the inspector will make that recommendation on the report.
If Your Home Needs Treatment
If your report comes back “not clear,” don’t panic. A Springer inspector will give you a detailed written estimate recommending an effective treatment plan. It will also include our Springer Termite Agreement that provides follow-up service for the new property owner. The inspector will review the estimate with you so you can ask any questions you may have at that time.
Treatment typically takes less than five hours and is non-invasive. We also offer a transferrable termite warranty, so any new owners will be notified if further inspection is ever needed. You can refer to Guidelines for Completing NPMA for more information.
My family and I have been loyal clients of Springer for several years, including after we moved homes in the metro area. They have always taken great care of us and we really appreciate their excellent customer service. Our technician at our new home is Shawn Williams, and he does excellent work. His is prompt, friendly, and explains things well. We appreciate the help that Springer is for taking care of our home, and we always recommend them to friends and family who need a referral.