Livonia Michigan Wood Destroying Organism Inspections
The ninth largest city in Michigan, Livonia is an area that defines itself as being friendly, family and community oriented. Located in the northwest part of Wayne County in such zip codes as 48150, 48151, 48152, 48153 and 48154, the city has become an area of appealing and must buy real estate.
At Trademark Home Inspection LLC, we take the extra step to ensure your future home is free of any unwanted organisms. If you’re currently in the market to buy or sell a home or business in Livonia – or if you suspect termites or other wood-destroying insects in your current home or business.
Call us at (734) 331-3269 to set up a Wood Destroying Organism Inspection today.
Why is a Wood Destroying Organism Inspection important?
Termites and other wood-eating insects aren’t only a nuisance, they come in droves and can silently destroy a home or business before the owner or future owner even notices something is wrong. Your best defense against these pesky creatures is to stay ahead of them. An initial inspection prior to purchasing a home or leasing an office building will give you peace of mind if there’s no wood-destroying organisms, ensure you know what damage has already occurred prior to signing the dotted line if they are present, and prevent future invasions while giving you the knowledge of what signs to look for.
Termites are social creatures that live within colonies. Where there’s one termite, be assured, there are many. Because termite colonies grow quickly, the insects can cause extensive damage in a fairly short amount of time. In fact, termites are one of the No. 1 threats to U.S. home owners. They eat wood, which means their meals consist of support timbers and structural frames – costing homeowners more than $5 billion each year in the U.S. alone, according to the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).
Commonly referred to as a “Termite Inspection” or “WDO Inspection,” a wood destroying organism inspection looks for evidence of termite infestation, wood-devouring beetles, wood decay, and evidence of past infestations that cause damage to wood. An inspection also determines whether an environment is conducive to infestation, arming you with the full picture of a building or structure prior to making a large investment in a property.
The most common types of wood destroying insects include carpenter ants, termites, and powder post beetles. Termites and other wood-eating insects can enter a home or building through small cracks in the foundation. And while termites cannot damage concrete foundations, they can damage nearby wood sources – including support structures. Once a structure is infested with a wood-eating organism, they typically call it their home.
What to expect at your WDO Inspection:
Trademark Home Inspection, LLC will send an experienced professional to inspect the exterior and interior of your home or business. During the outdoor inspection, they will check for signs of termite activity like termite shelter tubes. The inspector will also determine whether the environment is conducive to termite and other wood-eating insect infestation, looking for dead tree stumps near the structure, wood that’s too close to the ground, leaky gutters, improper grading, and trees or branches overhanging or touching the home or business.
On the interior of your home or business, one of our detail-oriented, experienced inspectors will closely asses the inside of the structure, spending ample time in the basement or crawl space, garage, and attic space. They will also spend extra time inspecting the window and door frames, along with other areas that are prone to infestation. Our inspectors are knowledgeable when it comes to destruction caused by wood-eating insects and will not only visually inspect these areas, but also probe, tap, and check for specific sounds in susceptible wood. Of course, our inspectors will investigate thoroughly, looking for live termites and other insects, dead termite “swarmers,” which are wings shed by termites, and other debris left behind. Lastly, the inspector will check to see if environmental conditions are conducive to infestation, signs such as excessive moisture levels, which termites and other wood-eating insects are drawn to.
The inspector will take notes throughout the inspection and photos when necessary. They will also report their findings on a standardized inspection form that was developed by the NPMA. Any necessary notes or photos will be attached to the report to clarify their findings.
Who should consider a Wood Destroying Organism Inspection?
Anyone who is in the market to purchase a home or office building should consider having a Wood Destroying Organism Inspection by a qualified WDO inspector as it is always in the buyer’s best interest. It’s an important part of the real estate process.
We want to first express our gratitude for your service to our country! If you’re in the market to purchase a home in Livonia and you’re seeking a VA Mortgage, it is required you have a WOD Inspection performed. The seller of the home is typically responsible for ordering the inspection, paying for the inspection, and providing the inspection report.
To help speed up the process Trademark Home Inspection, LLC is certified to perform this service and will provide all the necessary paperwork for the VA. We can perform this service at a discounted rate during the buyers’ inspection if they are using Trademark Home Inspection, LLC.
For more information give us a call at (734) 331-3269
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Matt just left our home. We were having some issues in our basement that we were concerned could be major, but after looking things over thoroughly inside and out, he put our minds at ease that minor fixes will most likely correct and improve things. He was very reassuring, seemed to be extremely knowledgeable, and competent. I would recommend him to anyone needing an inspection whether buying or selling a home or wanting to know what shape their current home is in. Thank you so much Matt.
Matt was extremely professional and efficient for our home inspection. We would highly recommend him and will definitely use him again in the future!
We want to give a huge thank you to Matt Cottenham! We are looking for our first home and he was an amazing help! Not only was he professional but also very thoughtful. The temperature was in the 90s, and Matt brought a cooler if cold water and Gatorade. Although we did not buy the home we will have Matt help us out again in the near future. Thanks Matt!
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