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Termite Reports: WHAT THEY ARE AND ARE NOT

by Bouey Termite Service, Inc. on 10/10/12

What is a Termite Report?

The “termite report” is technically called a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) Report.  This is a legal document which can only be generated by a company licensed in the Branch III category of structural pest control.  Each report is registered with the Structural Pest Control Board, a division of the California State Department of Consumer Affairs.

The report is composed of FINDINGS and RECOMMENDATIONS noted during the performance of a WDO inspection.  For real estate purposes these reports are generally separated into three (3) sections:

SECTION I pertains to active infestations or infections of wood destroying organisms such as termites, wood boring beetles, carpenter ants or carpenter bees, and fungus infections and damages caused by these organisms.

SECTION II pertains to unsound conditions that may lead to infestation or infection resulting from items such as excessive moisture, faulty grade levels, earth to wood contact, etc.

The third section is described as Unknown/Further inspection and refers to areas where physical inspection was not possible due to a variety of reasons including storage areas above first story roof lines, sub areas with inadequate clearance or insulation. 

The findings will have corresponding recommendations for correction.  While the findings for a particular structure should be the same by various termite companies, the recommendations may vary from company to company. 

 

What a Termite Report is NOT

A termite report is NOT required by law for the sale or purchase of real property in the state of California.  Buyers, lenders and prudent real estate agents may require a report as a condition of the sales transaction. 

Termite reports are NOT Home Inspection Reports.  The operating conditions of the electrical, plumbing, heating/cooling systems, appliances, swimming pools/spas are not pertinent to the termite report except in cases where the malfunction of these items has or may lead to infestations, infection or damage related to wood destroying organisms. 

Termite reports do NOT refer to toxic molds or mildew except that most company’s reports will disclaim knowledge of the presence or absence of molds and mildew, as the detection and determination of these items is outside the scope of licensing for structural pest control companies.

The termite report is NOT a general pest report.  The presence of rodents, insects or lack of sanitation will not be reflected in the report, except where their presence has or may lead to wood destroying infestations or infections.

In Conclusion

The termite is a valuable tool for real estate professionals, lenders and buyers.  The information in these reports can make or break the deal.  When you’re ready to order your inspection please call us to set up a convenient time for your needs.  We look forward to serving you in this process.  916-733-0520. 

-Dave 

Dreaming of a New Kitchen?

by Bouey Termite Service, Inc. on 09/06/12

Maybe you’ve lived in your house for the past 25 years or maybe you just purchased a home with a dreadfully outdated kitchen, in either case you may be dreaming of a kitchen more fitting of the 21st century and we can help!

Where to even begin?  We want to help you achieve your goals in improving your living space.  So, what are your goals?  So many clients know they want a new kitchen but have no idea how to  communicate their wants and needs.  Here are some questions to think about:

Do you want a completely different space with knocked down walls and a different layout?  Or do you just want a simple facelift with new cabinets and countertops?

What about upgrading appliances?

Do you need more counter space or cabinet space?

Do you want an industrial kitchen? Something more contemporary? Do you want to stay with the time period of your home such as mid-century modern or Victorian? Do you have a décor theme such as Tuscan or shabby chic?

Do you want to add features such as an island, wine fridge, coffee bar, computer desk, breakfast bar, pantry, etc.

Start clipping and snapping photos!  Look at magazines and your friend’s kitchens anything really can serve as inspiration!  Look at the tile at your favorite restaurant or the cabinets on your kid’s favorite TV show.  Choose kitchen layouts and materials that speak to you, your lifestyle and the rest of your home.  Having books, photos and magazine clippings are the easiest way to get your ideas translated into reality.

Now that you’ve figured out your goals and have your dream kitchen all in mind you need to determine your budget.  Decide how much you can and want to spend.  Remember kitchen remodels generally return 100% of your investment, sometimes more at resale.  But also consider your neighborhood and don’t go too extreme if the neighborhood can’t handle it. 

With all this homework out of the way you’re ready to call us for a free estimate!  We are looking forward to turning your dream kitchen into reality!  916-733-0520.

-Dana