Pest and Dry Rot. Seems like some pretty straight forward items eh? Actually this can be a little more confusing than you might think.
Pest and Dry Rot is an unbelievably ambiguous term that gets thrown around a lot during the course of a real estate transaction. To limit the amount of confusion lets dissect the parts and expectations of a Pest and Dry Rot inspection:
Most of the time, around Salem, Oregon the “P and D,” is what loan companies want to see (if anything) as far as the inspections. So right from the start, things can get weird. Unlike an appraiser I, the home inspector, do not work for the loan company. My contract is with my clients (usually the buyers) and I do an inspection for my client’s benefit. I do not care about what a loan company finds important, they did not hire me.
What is a pest? I have had neighbors that definitely qualify as pests. I have even known some real estate agents and mortgage officers that might fall under that guise. So how am I, your well meaning home inspector, supposed to comment on Pests? Stay tuned and I will further delve into what this term actually means……:
Jim Allhiser President/Inspector