Inspect in order to protect

Oma Jean Beckham Curlin with Jule' Dunham

By Jule’ Dunham

Greetings from the Real Estate World with Julè. Life is Good!
It was a joy to see Mrs. Oma Jean Beckham Curlin on Tuesday, last week enjoy her family name displayed at the entrance of “Beckham Place”. We laughed and danced together. She is such a joy and we are so blessed to have her as a part of our community. When you get a moment stop by Beckham Place and look take a look at the homes in the new neighborhood.
Do you know the difference in a WDI vs Termite Letter?
Let me begin with I am no insect expert, nor do I wish to be one. I will leave that to the professional pest control industry.
While there are very few of us who enjoy the world of insects, these critters are all around us. Most of which we do not even see until it is too late. Then it is time to break out the good old checkbook or credit card and maybe the tissues.
Do I need a WDI Letter or a Termite Letter? Hmmmm, what will it be?
Most lending institutions require WDI letter from a qualified professional before loaning a home buyer funds for purchasing a home. A buyer feels better about buying a home that has an ongoing termite contract in place. This is a very important step in buying a home, even if it is a cash sale, therefore, should not be a delayed inspection.
WDI stands for “Wood Destroying Insects”. There are various types of wood destroying insects such as termites, carpenter ants, carpenter bees, and powder post beetles. Termites are generally the critters that are most blamed for any wood damage done to our homes. How sad that only one of the several wood destroying insects carries the all the blame by the general human population for the damage. The success of wood destroying insects must be shared with all insects that participate. We wouldn’t want to leave anyone out, now would we?
There are 2 kind of houses. Houses that have termites and houses that will have termites. Our home is probably the most expensive purchase that we make in our lifetime. Protecting it is our responsibility and with the help of the knowledgeable inspectors we can protect our investments.
Checking around the base of the home especially near any wood areas that are near the soil, also along the facia, soffits and eaves where carpenter bees are often found may alert you to contact your pest control professional to inspect the areas that may be affected.
Remember not to store any wood used for fireplaces next to the house as this will attract termites and other wood destroying insects toward the home. Even stone and brick exteriors can get damage, because there is wood inside the home.
Conducive conditions include moisture levels above 20% in the wood under the house, wood stored under the deck, wood in the crawl space, and wood to soil contact are considered conducive conditions for wood destroying insects.
After reading this information, should you have your home evaluated periodically by a professional inspector in pest control industry? Absolutely!
Have you decided if you need a WDI (wood destroying insect) letter or a termite letter? Hmmm, I think the best answer to this would be that we need a Wood Destroying Letter from a professional inspector that specializes in this area.
Now is a good time to check on your last inspection and contact your pest control professional for the nasty little home eating critters and save your home.
I hope this article has helped you in some way regarding a “WDI” (wood destroying insect letter.
Remember: Say Hello. Be Kind. Be Friendly. Embrace Life and all that it really offers. Keep Life Simple. Making good relationships is very important to our mental, emotional and physical health.
Should you have a topic you would like addressed, please feel free to contact me.
Thank you for reading my column and have a blessed week.
Here is your local realtor, Julè Dunham, signing off until next week.
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Julè Dunham, Affiliate Broker, SRES, RENE. Contact Julè by phone at 901-828-8471 (cell) or 901-840-1181 (office) or by email to: for an appointment to speak with you, your group or club.
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