What is a WDO Report?
As defined by the state of Florida, a Wood Destroying Organism (WDO) 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 inspection not only checks for subterranean termites and dry wood termites, but will also include wood destroying beetles and wood decaying fungi.
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 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 these purposes, 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).
What is Wind Mitigation?
Wind mitigation is the process of adding features to your home that help withstand or increase resistance to high winds caused by a major storm or hurricane.
Generally, a wind mitigation inspection is needed to determine which credits apply to a home. During a wind mitigation inspection, a certified inspector looks for key features and add-ons that reduce the amount of damage your home may suffer in the event of a hurricane or strong windstorm.