Buying or selling a home?
If you’re buying a home in South Carolina, your mortgage company may request a CL100. The CL100 report is also referred to as a termite letter or South Carolina Wood Infestation Report.
If you’re selling a home in South Carolina, your home will more than likely need to get a CL-100 report (CL100) completed prior to the closing of your home.
What is a CL-100 or Wood Infestation Report?
A CL-100 Wood Infestation Report is a document produced in South Carolina by a licensed pest control professional, to provide information about the presence and extent of wood-destroying insects in a building. The report is used by real estate agents, homeowners, and buyers to assess the potential risks and damages to the building, as well as to determine the necessary treatment and repairs.
In South Carolina, the CL-100 Report is a standardized form that must be completed by a licensed pest control professional following a visual inspection of the property. The report covers the following areas:
- Identification of the property, including the address, date of inspection, and name of the inspector.
- Information about the structure, including the type of building, age, and construction materials.
- Details about the inspection, including the scope of the inspection, and any areas that were inaccessible or not inspected.
- Identification of any visible evidence of wood-destroying insects, such as holes, tunnels, or piles of sawdust.
- A description of any conditions that may attract or harbor wood-destroying insects, such as excessive moisture, improper ventilation, or the presence of stored lumber.
- A list of the species of wood-destroying insects that were found, if any, and an assessment of the extent and severity of infestation.
- Recommendations for treatment and/or repairs, including any necessary follow-up inspections.
- A signature line for the inspector and a statement indicating that the report is based on a visual inspection only, and that no guarantees are made as to the absence of wood-destroying insects.
It is important to note that a CL-100 Report is not a guarantee of freedom from wood-destroying insects, but rather a snapshot of the conditions at the time of the inspection. The report is intended to help property owners make informed decisions about the potential risks and expenses associated with owning a building.
In some cases, a CL-100 Report may indicate the presence of wood-destroying insects and the need for treatment. This may include the application of insecticides or the removal and replacement of infested wood. In other cases, the report may show no evidence of wood-destroying insects, but recommend follow-up inspections or suggest changes to the property that may help to prevent future infestations.
The CL-100 Wood Infestation Report is a valuable tool for property owners, real estate agents, and buyers in South Carolina, providing critical information about the presence and extent of wood-destroying insects in a building. It helps to ensure that property owners and buyers are aware of the potential risks and expenses associated with owning a building, and that they are able to make informed decisions about treatment and repairs.
TIP: If you are buying a home, it’s best to hire your own home inspector to provide the CL100 inspection report instead of having the seller arrange for the inspection.
What information is included in the Wood Infestation Report?
The CL-100 inspection report should include detailed information, such as:
- If there is visible evidence of:
- Subterranean termites
- Drywood termites
- Old house borers
- Powder post beetles
- Other wood-destroying insects.
- If there is visible evidence of prior subterranean termite treatment.
- If there is evidence below the first main floor(or crawl space) of the presence of
- Active wood-destroying fungi (wood moisture content ≥ 28%)
- Non-active wood-destroying fungi (wood moisture content < 28%).
- If there is evidence of the presence of excessive moisture conditions below the first main floor (20% or above wood moisture content, standing water, etc.)
It is important to have an independent inspection completed on the home prior to your purchase. The inspection and detailed report will identify any active or previous wood-destroying insects or fungi problems.
The report should also make recommendations for other items such as treatments, moisture corrections and/or repairs. Areas inspected should include the crawlspace, attic, exterior and interior. Once the inspection is complete, the inspection report should be provided to you.
Are You a Real Estate Agent?
Barrier Pest Services provides CL100 services for the Charleston area, including North Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Summerville, Goose Creek, Moncks Corner, Hanahan, James Island and Johns Island. All inspections are performed by a qualified, licensed South Carolina inspector.
We also have a licensed Residential Home Builder on staff who can provide a better understanding of the inspection results including any damages and/or recommendations.
We provide many inspections daily and are available to help you with your next real estate transaction.