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Exterior Inspections

Exterior Inspection Standards

The inspector should:
• inspect the siding, brick, stone, and/or stucco
• inspect the exterior trim
• inspect the visible flashing
• inspect the exterior doors
• inspect the decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, railings
• inspect the eaves, soffit, fascia
• inspect the vegetation adjacent to the home
• inspect grading, surface drainage adjacent to the home
• inspect retaining walls adjacent to the home
• inspect the walkways, patios, driveways
• describe how exterior was inspected

The inspector is not obligated to:
• inspect the screens, shutters, awnings
• inspect any fences, boundary walls
• inspect any geological and soil conditions
• inspect any recreational facilities (pools, spas, etc.)
• inspect any outbuildings
• inspect any seawalls, break walls, docks
• inspect any erosion control devices

Checklist of common Exterior Issues
 Gaps and crack in wood siding and trim
 Cracks or openings in exterior stucco surfaces
 Warped or buckled vinyl siding
 Rotten fascia boards
 Rotten wood porch ceilings
 Rain entering the attic space at gable vents
 Rodents entering attic spaces
 Rust spots on wood trim or siding from nails that are not galvanized
 Flashing between roof surfaces and siding should be visible
 Soil, pine straw or mulch from contact with siding
 Inadequate surface drainage away from the foundation walls
 Exterior steps or porches without hand railing
 Loose deck boards
 Screens missing or damaged at the foundation vents
 Lack of flashing between the siding and a masonry foundation
 Water pooling on a balcony surface
 Loose exterior hand railing
 Exterior doors that hit or rub against the door frame
 Damaged exterior door weather stripping
 Exterior doors that do not lock properly
 Exterior door jambs that are rotting
 Exterior metal doors that are rusting
 Corroded or rusty exterior flashing
 Damaged or missing dryer vent covers on exterior walls
 Missing bath fan termination covers at exterior walls or soffits
 Missing or damaged weather-stripping around the garage door

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