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Selling your home: wood borer clearance certificate

15 Sep 2015

There are many different reasons why a person might want to get a home inspection, like ensuring that their house is clear of wood-destroying organisms, which are also known as WDOs.

Homeowners who are selling their homes are often required to get WDO inspections done on their properties before any transactions can take place. As such, they need to get in touch with a qualified inspector that can provide them with a WDO inspection report.

This is according to Anthony Potgieter, director of Leap Pest Control, who says a trained and experienced inspector can spot a WDO infestation by using a visual-only examination.

Although termites tend to be the main focus of these types of examinations, there are other culprits that homeowners should be aware of. These include wood-destroying fungi and beetles.

Termites like drywood termites and subterranean termites tend to form large colonies that infiltrate the home. By penetrating the baseboards of the foundation of your home, they begin to chew through the wood, causing a significant amount of damage to your property. By having a thorough WDO inspection, you can ensure that your home is free and clear of these organisms, and you can get a clearance certificate that says so.

Every estate agent and conveyancing attorney needs to ensure that the company they’ve chosen to carry out these WDO inspections is registered with the South African Pest Control Association (SAPCA). They also need to make sure that the inspector himself is licensed and registered as a qualified WDO inspector.

Homeowners who are selling their homes are often required to get WDO inspections done on their properties before any transactions can take place. As such, they need to get in touch with a qualified inspector that can provide them with a WDO inspection report.

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