When sealing a real estate deal, an important aspect of making sure the deal sticks is to properly fill out a NPMA-33 form. This form is instrumental to certifying the safety of a home because it deals with the issue of potential insect infestation. Termite infestation is a serious concern in the real estate world. Insects that go unnoticed on pre-deal inspections can continue to undermine the property value for years to come.
Without a properly filled NPMA-33 form, also known as the Wood Destroying Insects Inspection Report, the home cannot be sold. This inevitably leads to incidents in which inspections are rushed or performed improperly. For the benefit of both seller and buyer, it is important that a thorough home check is performed. Termite inspection is not to be taken lightly, as missing even a single nest could be devastating to the buyer and seller.
To properly fill out the NPMA-33, a licensed pest control official should be contacted and dispatched to the home in question. Real estate agents should take care to make sure that the pest inspection official is certified and that the investigation follows regulation. While many states do not require a regulated individual to fill out the NPMA-33, it is counterintuitive to allow an unregistered person to complete the form. This costs you valuable time and money for a service provided by an unofficial inspector.
If a nest is discovered, correct termite treatment and removal should be enacted. While this may be costly, it is always worth the money. Not only are real estate agents assured of the home’s value, but prospective buyers will be more satisfied and feel more secure. A clean, insect-free bill of health will raise a property’s market value and help prospective buyers to feel comfortable considering it for purchase.
In addition to doing a background check on the professionals you hire to perform a Wood Destroying Insects Inspection and report, the real estate agent responsible for the home should work to reduce conditions that might lead to infestations. Conditions can include excess moisture around the home, excess mulch in the yards and adjacent to the property, and poor ventilation, all of which allow termites to flourish. These conditions should be reduced and eliminated if possible.
In addition, it may be best to supervise the termite treatment inspector on duty during or after the inspection. The best way to make sure a good job is being done is to watch it happening. Does the inspector check for adverse conditions such as extreme mulching or moisture? Do they have equipment to seek out hidden pockets where termites might nest? Keep in mind it does not take a certified professional to fulfill the NPMA-33 in many states, so thoroughly discuss the termite removal process with the pest eliminator if or when it must take place.
When addressing the issue of a Wood Destroying Insects Inspection (WDI), it is vital to put effort into making sure every step of the process is done professionally and thoroughly. Don’t skimp on your NPMA-33; get it done to the best of your ability.
Jared Bridges blogs about his pest control experiences and his recent one with Termite Control Charlotte.