What’s changed? A section-by-section walk through

Get a detailed section-by-section overview of all the changes made to the NPMA-33 WDI form and stay ahead of others.

If you run a pest control service company and provide wood-destroying insect (WDI) inspections and treatments, it’s likely you have used or heard about NPMA-33 form.

For those who don’t know, an NPMA-33 form is a wood-destroying insect inspection and treatment form, authorized and copyrighted by the National Pest Management Association (NPMA).

Apart from pest control companies or service providers,  It is also required:

  • For real estate transactions involving HUD/VA loans.
  • When traditional mortgage lenders require a WDI inspection.

Technically, an NPMA-33 form should be called Wood Destroying Insect Report. But it is most commonly known as ‘Termite Closing Letter.’ 

Among other common names used by pest control professionals are:

  • Termite Letters
  • Clearance letter

Whatever people call it, there are some noticeable changes in 2020 that you need to know about.

So, without any further delay, let’s get to it and look at what has changed. 

What’s new? A section-by-section walk through.

Section I: General Information

Section I in the new NPMA-33 WDI form has one change. 

It now specifically state and ask for ‘Company’s Pest Control Business Lic. No.’ than asking for ‘Company’s Business Lic. No.’

Previous NPMA-33 WDI FormUpdated (New) NPMA-33 WDI Form
‘Company’s Business Lic. No.’‘Company’s Pest Control Business Lic. No.’

The main idea behind incorporating this change is to be more specific and clear on what is required.

Section II: Inspection Findings

Section II in the new NPMA-33 WDI form has two changes:

1) The word ‘defects’ is changed to ‘wood destroying insect damage’ at the request of the National Association of Realtors.

2) Another noticeable change in this section the deletion of the entire ‘‘Evidence of Previous Treatment’ section.

In the previous NPMA-33 WDI form, technicians had to put a tick mark in “yes” or “no” box if a structure appeared to have been treated.

Previous NPMA-33 WDI FormUpdated (New) NPMA-33 WDI Form
‘defects’‘wood destroying insect damage’
‘Evidence of Previous Treatment’ SectionThe whole section is removed.

Section III: Recommendations

1) The word ‘treatment’ is updated and expanded to ‘action and/or treatment’ for both the checkboxes. 

This is to give service provides more options for recommending non-chemical WDI remediation.

Previous NPMA-33 WDI Form

Updated (New) NPMA-33 WDI Form

‘No treatment’

‘No action and/or treatment’

‘Recommend Treatment’

‘Recommend action(s) and/or treatment(s)’

Section IV: Obstructions and Inaccessible Areas

In the name of a change or an update, this section sees the addition of two items to the list of potential obstructions to inspection.

1) Spray foam insulation.

2) Equipment (anything from commercial kitchen appliances to HVAC equipment).

If a technician finds a potential obstruction that isn’t a part of the list, she may choose to write out a description of it.

Signature of Seller(s)

At the request of the real estate industry, NPMA added ‘to their knowledge’ text to the ‘signature of seller(S)’ statement. After the update, here is what ‘signature of seller(s)’ statement looks like in the new NPMA-33 WDI form.

Previous NPMA-33 WDI Form

Updated (New) NPMA-33 WDI Form

Signature(s) or seller(s) or owner(s) if refinancing. Seller acknowledges that all information regarding WDI infestation, damage, repair, and treatment history has been disclosed to the buyer.

Signature(s) or seller(s) or owner(s) if refinancing. Seller discloses to the buyer all information, to their knowledge, regarding WDI infestation, damage, repair, and treatment history.

Another important thing to notice here is, technicians are not required to collect the sellers’ signatures; it is the responsibility of the real estate agent or lender.

Page-2: Important Consumer Information Regarding the Scope and Limitation of the Inspection

The main objective of page #2 of the NPMA-33 form is to help consumers understand the inspection process, limitations and treatment recommendations. 

As far as updates and changes are concerned, there are two main changes on the second page.

1) The first one is a relatively smaller one. 

Previous NPMA-33 WDI Form

Updated (New) NPMA-33 WDI Form

Please read the entire page as it is the part of this report. This report is not a guarantee and warranty as to the absence of wood-destroying insects nor is it a structural integrity report. The inspector’s training and training do not qualify the inspector in damage evaluation or any other building construction technology and/or repair. 

Please read the entire page as it is the part of this report and refer to the NPMA Suggested Guidelines for instructions on completing this report. This report is not a guarantee and warranty as to the absence of wood-destroying insects nor is it a structural integrity report. The inspector’s training and training do not qualify the inspector in damage evaluation or any other building construction technology and/or repair.

2) The second one is a major one wherein the paragraph for point #2 – ‘Treatment Recommendation Guidelines Regarding Subterranean Termites’ – is re-written.

These changes are made to make para #2 more concise, easier-to-read, and simple to understand for consumers. 

Apart from the language, the major change is the removal of reference to treatment performed within the previous five years.

On the second page, there are no changes made to point #3, #4, and #5.

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