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Buying/Selling a Home?
Breda Pest Management issues WIIR (Wood Infestation Inspection Reports) to agents & homeowners needing the document for refinance or the purchase/selling of a property. Below is a description of the document. If you have any questions, our office staff is standing by to assist: 770-466-6700.
What is the Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report (WIIR):
The Wood Infestation Inspection Report is a written document for the purpose of reporting evidence of wood destroying organisms and conditions conducive to their infestation. The report is the basis for transfer of real property in the State of Georgia and can only be issued by a licensed pest control company licensed in the category of wood destroying organisms.
What is the scope of the inspection?
Main Structure – identify the main structure inspected such as a house, apartment building or condominium. Structures such as decks or enclosed porches which are attached to or contiguous with the structure are considered to be part of the structure and must be inspected and included in the report. Fencing which surrounds the structure is not considered to be part of the structure. If, however, it is attached to the structure the point of attachment must be inspected and reported. Any other comments about fencing may be reported in the comments section if desired.
Other Structures – specify or list any other structures inspected and included as part of this report such as a detached garage or pool house. Inspection Findings – disclose if any active or previous infestations of subterranean termites, powder post beetles, wood boring beetles, drywood termites or wood decaying fungi were found.
Diagram - If there is any evidence of infestations of any of the covered organisms, a graph/diagram showing the location of the infestation(s) must be attached. The location of infestations noting active or previous and other reportable evidence must be described in such detail so that the average person reading the report is able to readily understand where the infestations are located. The information on the diagram and the report must match. Remember the report is designed for a home owner. The use of technical terms should be avoided.
Reporting conditions conducive to infestation:
These are conditions that exist in the structure that favor the development of wood destroying organisms. These are limited to cellulosic material in a crawl space, wood in contact with the soil which has not been treated with preservatives designed for ground contact and ventilation of the crawl space that does not meet the current ventilation standard as specified in 620-6-.01(3). Any of these conditions that exist at the time of inspection must be reported and indicated on the attached diagram. The following guidelines may be helpful:
All earth to wood contact, such as siding, crawl space doors, form boards, decks and stair stringers must be listed. The only exception is pressure treated wood designed for ground contact. Pressure treated wood that is designed for above ground use must be reported as earth to wood contact if it touches the ground.
If the crawl space ventilation does not meet the International Residential Building code as specified in the rules, the condition should be reported as “insufficient ventilation” or “ventilation does not meet the current Residential Building Code”.
If cellulosic material is present in the crawl space then note “wood debris in crawl space”.
This section is present to provide any additional information that is necessary. Additional information may include entomological information, reference to prior inspections, treatments, attachments and other information that may be helpful to the consumer in understanding the scope, limitations and specific findings of the inspection. All attached documents are considered to be integral parts of the report. Each attached document should be specifically named. For example; “see attached treatment report which is an integral part of this report”.
If the issuing pest control company has treated the structure for a wood destroying organism, the treatment must be disclosed including the treatment date, contract expiration date and treatment type.
Warranty / Contract Transfer
The pest control company must disclose if the contract is transferrable to a subsequent owner. If the structure is not under a treatment contract, the company must also disclose this information.
Official Waiver Form Disclosure Statement
If an Official Waiver form or Form II exists for a treatment listed under the Treatment section, this information must be disclosed and a copy of the form must be attached as an integral part of the report. The form does not release a company from reporting conditions conducive on a WIIR.
A signature of the Designated Certified Operator for WDO category for the issuing company is required. Signature by another individual certified or not is unacceptable. Signature of purchaser or legal representative acknowledging receipt of the report is not responsibility of the pest control company.
Can the company waive the 90 day WIIR guarantee?
If an infestation of wood destroying organisms from which apparent freedom is certified is found within ninety (90) days from date of issuance, the infested structure must be treated by the company and free of charge to the property owner. This guarantee cannot be altered. The treatment must meet the control measures in chapter 620-6-.04.
How do you complete the treatment section when a “warranty only” contract has been issued?
ORGANISM: subterranean termites
TREATMENT DATE: N/A (unless home was treated under the warranty)
CONTRACT EXPIRATION: date
TYPE OF TREATMENT: Warranty Only
If structure is not under an active contract but was previously treated, should the treatment be reported?
Yes. Since contract records are required to be maintained for a minimum of two years after expiration of the contract and five years after the initial treatment, all treatments must be disclosed. This includes contracts where no renewal fee was collected.
Who can inspect for the WIIR?
A technician that is certified or registered in the category of wood destroying organisms can perform the inspection.
Can I use another form such as the NPMA form?
No. The Official Georgia WIIR is the only form allowed in the State of Georgia for the transfer of real property. Official Georgia Wood Infestation Inspection Report Page 1 and Page 2.