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The Standard Plus WDO Home Inspection 


The Standard Plus WDO Home Inspection combines the Standard Home Inspection with a Wood Destroying Organisms Inspection
A Home inspection is a visual examination of a Home. It provides information in report form regarding the systems and components of the home that can be seen. ​

The Standards of Practice for Home Inspectors defines it this way; "Home inspectors shall observe and report on readily accessible, visually observable installed systems and components". 

It is important to understand that home inspections are visual inspections. Home Inspectors are trained in the process of visually examining a home. There are some tools that may be used in the process of evaluating some systems or components. 

The systems of the home, such as the Plumbing System and the Heating System are examined. The components of the home, such as the Windows and the Doors are also examined. There are actually hundreds of items that get inspected. 

All the home systems and components that can be observed are identified in the Home Inspection Report. The condition of each system and component is also described.

The Report can be used to understand which home elements need maintenance scheduled or funding for replacement. ​​

Wood Destroying Organisms, WDO, are a concern under certain conditions and environments. Homes built out of wood products can be compromised with insects that can cause quite a bit of damage. 

I am InterNachi Certified to perform WDO Inspections. The home is inspected for live insects, althought they are not so often seen. I also inspect for dead insects and indications of insect presence. High moisture conditions that would provide favorable living conditions for insects are investigated. Additionally, the home is inspected for damage caused by insects. 

Building materials or components that are wet or have been wet or water damaged are able to harbor Wood Destroying Organisms. It is recommended to have the WDO Inspection performed if you are concerned about Wood Destroying Organisms in the home.

Also, it would be a good idea to ask the seller and their realtor what history the seller may have regarding prior treatment of the home for Wood Destroying Organisms. 

Wood Destroying Inspection Report

​My WDO Inspection of the Home includes the following:

  1. Checking the home for live insects and indications of the presence of live insects
  2. Checking the home for indications of dead insects
  3. Checking the home for potentially favorable insect habitats within the home
  4. Checking the home for visible structural damage caused by insects
  5. Observing previous treatment and corrective measures that may have been employed

The WDO Inspection is a visual inspection of observable portions of the home at the time of the inspection. Wood Destroying Organisms can exist in concealed and inaccessible spaces. 

​Conditions that promote favorable habitats for WDO should be corrected. These can include fire wood storage near the home, foundation damage, roof damage, poor site grading and any other moisture and water problems in and around the home.
​My Standard Home Inspection includes the following:​​
  1. Roof
  2. Site Conditions
  3. Home Exterior
  4. Garage
  5. Basement and/or Crawl Space
  6. Plumbing System
  7. Heating System
  8. Cooling System
  9. Electrical System
  10. Home Interior
  11. Laundry Room
  12. Kitchen
  13. Dining Room
  14. Living Room
  15. Bedrooms
  16. Bathrooms
The New York State Code of Ethics and Regulations for Home Inspectors and the Standard of Practice for Home Inspectors can be found at:​​​