Nearly every home sale or purchase in California requires the successful completion of the California Wood Destroying Pest and Organism Report, including homes in Alameda County, Contra Costa County and Solano County. This Termite Report is one of our specialties and it is important to us that all of the home purchasers, sellers and realtors who work with us understand the Termite Report and what kind of information we collect.
Often referred to as a “Section One Report,” the Wood Destroying Pest and Organism Report is completed by our inspectors who travel to the property to observe any and all visible, accessible areas of the house or building in question.
How We Complete the Wood Destroying Pest and Organism Report
To complete the Termite Report, our termite inspectors look for the structural damage that can result from termites, beetles and other wood destroying pests, as well as moisture buildup and fungus infestation.
What Does the Section One Termite Report Look For?
When our termite inspectors complete the Wood Destroying Pest and Organism Report, they look to determine if the following conditions exist in the structure: inadequate ventilation, excessive moisture, water leaks, and faulty grade levels, because all of these conditions can lead to infestation or wood damage that threatens the structural integrity of the home or building.
Termite Inspection Report vs Property Inspection
A Termite Inspection from Concord Termite or any other termite inspection company is not the same as a complete geological and physical inspection of the property you are looking to purchase or sell.
For these kinds of inspections, please contact professionals that specialize in physical and geological property inspections.
The Termite Report (Section One Report) does not cover the following:
- Air conditioning, appliance, heating, electrical, mechanical systems, pool and spa conditions
- Code compliance and or violations (including building, fire, health, safety codes and zoning) unless it specifically involves a pest control issue
- Cosmetic repairs
- Environmental hazards
- Plumbing, sewer and septic systems, except noticeable leaks that are included on the Section One Report
- Roof condition
- Soil condition
- Structural integrity not directly related to pest control concerns
- Window or glass conditions
How We Organize the Termite Report
Wood Destroying Pest and Organism Reports from Concord Termite are organized as follows:
- Stall showers
- Porches and steps
- Attic Spaces
- Decks and Patios
- Other Interior
- Other Exterior
Termite Inspector’s Recommendations
Every Termite Inspection Report includes a list of termite inspector recommendations, following each documented finding included in the report. The complete Wood Destroying Pest and Organism Report classifies each recommendation with one of the following 5 titles: Section I, Section II, Further Inspection, General Information or Consult Other Trade.
A Section I recommendation indicates “Damage has occurred, corrective action is needed.” In these cases, there is evidence of an active infestation or damage that is due to infestation or infection. In most cases, the seller of the property is responsible for correcting Section I items.
A Section II recommendation indicates “Damage can be expected in the future, but with corrective action it can be prevented.” In these cases, a condition exists and that condition is likely to lead to either an infection or an infestation. However, with Section II (vs Section I) there is not any visible evidence of infection or infestation at the time the termite inspection report is completed. In most Section II cases, buyers agree to take on the responsibility for repairs. However, there is not a requirement that Section II repairs are completed within a specific window of time.
Further Inspection indicates “there may be damage but it is not readily visible.” If confirming damage necessitates moving the current occupant’s personal belongings, lifting a floor or opening up a wall, the person requesting the report can ask that another inspection be completed in the future. This follow-up inspection incurs an additional fee and a supplemental report is generated after the second inspection is completed. In most cases, if further inspection is necessary, the buyer pays if no Section I damage has been found. If Section I damage has been found, the seller typically pays for the inspection and repairs.
General Information. This indicates that the item is noted for information purposes only. Typically, general information notes are reminders about future preventive maintenance the property owner should take.
Consult Other Trade or Another Craft indicates “there was a problem noted, but it is beyond the scope of the inspector and so should be looked at by a specialized craftsperson.”
Why is the Wood Destroying Pest and Organism Report So Important?
Most lenders in Alameda County, Contra Costa County and Solano County require prospective homeowners to demonstrate that the property they are looking to purchase has no Section I damage before offering a loan for the property. This is called “the clearance.”
If a termite inspector determines that there is no Section I damage, the report includes the statement: “this property is clear of…” satisfying the requirements of the lender. If the termite inspector does find Section I damage, the necessary repairs are made, and the inspector travels out to the property again to verify that those repairs have been made. The termite inspector then furnishes a report that states there is no damage. This follow-up report is called the “clearance.”