Most real estate transactions require a pest control inspection. The main purpose is to determine the presence or absence of wood destroying pests or organisms as well as the level of infestation. A certified pest control inspector conducts the inspection and provides a written report to both the person requesting the inspection as well as the Structural Pest Control Board. The written report –the structural pest control certification- describes the level of infestation, if any, describes the work necessary to correct the problem, and notes what work, if any, has been completed at the time of the report.
Pest inspections are almost always required in real estate purchase contracts. The contract usually stipulates who bears the cost of the inspection and corrections between the buyer and the seller. As there is a significant cost to this, it is often recommended that the purchase contract explicitly detail who bears responsibility and cost for pest inspection and corrections prior to the inspection occurring.