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Structural Inspection Standards

The inspector should:
• inspect the visible structural components
• inspect the foundation
• inspect the floor structure
• inspect the wall structure
• inspect the ceiling structure
• inspect the roof structure
• describe methods used to inspect unfinished spaces

The inspector is not obligated to:
• provide an engineering or architectural analysis
• offer an opinion of the adequacy of the structure
• enter tight crawl small space openings
• pass through vertical clearances that are tight
• walk across structural members concealed by insulation

Checklist of common Structural Issues
 Cracks in the foundation wall
 Cracks in the exterior mortar or brick veneer
 Slopes or dips in the floor system
 Moisture damage and/or fungus growth on the subfloor/joists below a tile shower
 Cracked floor joists
 Insect damage to beams or joists in crawl spaces
 Interior piers in the crawl space that are not supporting the floor system
 Extra support added under floor
 Improper floor joist repairs
 Damaged or broken roof truss members
 Loose ridge beam support boards
 Moisture damage to the subflooring underneath toilets
 Large cracks in concrete slabs

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