What is a WDO Termite Inspection Report?
As defined by the state of Florida, a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) or WDO Termite Inspection Report is “a written report of an inspection on a home for visible and accessible evidence of an infestation or damage by wood destroying organisms”.
A WDO report may also be commonly called a “Termite Inspection”, “Clearance Letter”, or “Termite Letter”. A WDO Termite inspection not only checks for subterranean termites and dry wood termites, but also includes wood destroying beetles and wood decaying fungi (Rot). Carpenter ants and carpenter bees are NOT reportable as a wood destroying organism on the state of Florida WDO form.
By Florida statute, a WDO Termite Inspection report is provided when a home or other structure is being sold and the mortgage lender or buyer requests the WDO inspection as part of the transaction. If an inspection is done for the purpose of a real estate transaction, the inspection must be reported on a specific report form as required by Florida Law (Chapter 482.226, Florida Statutes and Chapter 5E-14.142(2)(c), Florida Administrative Code). That form number is 13645, but there are a few parts to the form:
WDO Report Form: WDO report form 13645 (pdf). The 13645 form is sometimes called the “1145 report” because of the old form number.
WDO Report Instructions: WDO report form 13645 Instructions (pdf).
Inspection instructions: Baseline practices for performing 13645 inspections. Please note that the Baseline practices were developed specifically for real estate transactions!
Things you should know about a WDO Termite Inspection?
The State WDO form that all Florida WDO inspectors are required to use comes with instructions. The instructions to fill out the state WDO form (13645) is 5 pages long!
The WDO termite inspection report is not required by the state to be guaranteed for a set period of time. Most people think a WDO report is good for 30 days, but it is only required to accurately reflect the condition of the property relative to wood-destroying organisms at the time the inspection.
Probing during the course of the WDO inspection is allowed by the state, and is encouraged to determine infestation.
The person requesting the WDO report must be provided a copy of that report.
Fencing and decks are not considered as a part of the structure unless they are attached.