WDO Inspections in PA

I have some confusion about WDO inspections in PA, maybe someone can clarify
some things for me. I have taken the WDO course (& passed) with
InterNACHI.

Im having trouble getting concrete clarity on the specific requirements in
PA. I am finding alot of conflicting information. As I understand it,
there is no WDO Inspection license in PA, only for WDO Treatment, which is
required for pesticide applicators. Ive also found information stating
that in order to be licensed as a pesticide applicator, you “must be
employed by a pesticide application business”, so how does a normal home
inspector ever qualify for that?

Most real estate contracts requiring pest inspections would need a
NPMA-33. So, in order to use the NPMA-33, you need to be a licensed
pesticide applicator. Which would mean currently I am not qualified to do
a WDO/Pest inspection as required by some lenders.

Do I have the proper understanding of this so far?

Ive been reading some posts on NACHI’s forum & it seems like some
inspectors are performing inspections, using the NPMA-33, and rolling the
dice on lenders accepting it. One inspector said he just simply doesnt
require payment from the client until the form was accepted, and in many
cases the lender does accept it. If the lender doesnt accept it, then the
client wouldnt have to pay for the inspection & could then hire an
extermination company to do the inspection.

Local Extermination companies are offering real estate transaction Pest
inspections for about $185. These inspections would definitely use the
NPMA-33 form & be accepted by lenders. Alot of home inspectors in my area
offer WDO inspections from $55 - $75. It is unclear if they are using
NPMA-33, performing inspections that would be accepted by most lenders or
how they’re approaching this with their clients.

Im uncertain how I feel about my approach to WDO Inspections. I certainly
wouldn’t want to mislead my clients, perform an inspection only to be
rejected by their lender.

Obviously this would not be an issue if the inspection was requested by my
client and not a requirement of the lender. In that case I could do a WDO
Inspection and charge a fee without any ethical conflict.

But another scenario that comes to mind is the case of finding WDO
evidence while performing a general home inspection for a client that did
not request a WDO inspection. Of course I would be obligated to report
those findings, but how should I approach that with my client? Do I offer
a more in depth WDO inspection for an additional WDO fee? In this
case, the lender may request another (more expensive) inspection from a
state licensed pesticide applicator anyway & I feel that would be a disservice to my
client.

I suppose the better approach would be to just simply report my findings
and recommend an inspection from a qualified state licensed pesticide applicator as
would be acceptable to the lender. I just wouldn’t want my client to
perceive my WDO services as unqualified since this is a service I provide.

I was really just looking for your expertise, opinions and input on my
thoughts related to WDO. Do you think maybe I should just not offer WDO
inspections at all unless/until I achieve the appropriate state license
that would qualify me to use the NPWA-33 to be sure it would be accepted
by lenders?

I appreciate any feedback you can give me! Thank you so much in advance!

Thank you for posting Julie. I have the same concerns in my home state of Louisiana. Our law seems very much the same as in PA—that is to say, confusing and unclear. I’m thinking that many home inspectors are offering WDO inspections without the proper authority. I haven’t got an firm answer from my state board and am nervous about offering the service for fear of liability or rules violation.