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Home Exterior Inspection

Walk the home and look for the following issues:

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exterior siding problem

We recommend to always caulk where the siding and the concrete come together. This will help stop water from entering your home.

exterior siding old

The exterior of this home needs to be scrapped and re-painted.

exterior siding rot

It is common to find wood rot on the wood siding of a bay window area.

exterior siding crack

Water damage found like this is found because of rain water or winter ice build up.

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brick siding

It is very common to find loose stones or stone ledges in this new style of siding. (Newer Home)

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Exterior step crack. Call a professional to evaluate. (Serious issue) (Possible FHA Concern)

exterior brick step crack

These steps cracks found on the exterior of brick homes are common and a normally not a structural issue.

Brick problems

Loose window ledges are a safety hazard and should be properly secured.

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exterior siding rotting post

Always look close at the corner support post in a screened porch. This is a common area to find wood rot / rotted corner support post.

window glazing

The glazing that holds this older window in place is falling out and should be replaced. This is very common.

Rotting frame

Always look very close at the base of a exterior window or sliding door for wood rot.

exterior door

Always look very closely at an exterior sliding door. It is very common to find a rotted door frame. (Possible FHA Concern)

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Around the Home

 

Decks and porches are the # 1 problem and safety area on the exterior of a home:

deck

This supporting beam has been nailed to the deck post, we just recommend that it also be lagged to the post.

deck overhang too large

This deck should not be cantilevered over the main support beam by over 2′.

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Decks ledger board and floor joist hangers and flashing:

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Deck floor joist with joist hangers installed properly.

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Deck Flashing that has been properly Installed.

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Every one of these deck floor joists is missing a joist hanger. See photo above to explain joist hangers.

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This is another photo of a deck ledger board that is not lagged to the house, we show this several times because it is so important that the deck is installed properly. (Safety Hazard)

 

Deck Railings and Stairs

Decl railing properly installed

Deck spindles/railings Properly Installed, 36 in in heights and the spindles are 3 1/2 in apart.

Deck Stairs

These deck stairs were properly installed using one outside stair stringer on each side, one in the center, also the base of the stair case having support post run into the ground.

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driveway cracks

Driveway cracking and settling.

walk way setteled

Driveway or walkway settling can be a trip and fall safety hazard.

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This is sometimes difficult to find but we did the inspection during the rain and found that the sand was washing out from under the driveway which will eventually cause major problems if this problem is not corrected. This was only a 5 year old home.

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This is a brand new house and the concrete was poured incorrect and is slopped back toward the garage. (New Home)

exterior porch

The front porch has settled and moved the corner support post.

post rotting

Rotted font porch pillar post, this is a very common area to find wood rot make sure you look at this area close. (Possible FHA Concern)

Porch cement settling

Concrete patio settled back toward the home, make sure to check the basement closely for water leaks.

Front porch slipping

The front porch has pulled away from the home. This can be repaired by mud Jacking. (Expensive to fix)

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exterior porch

The front porch has settled and moved the corner support post.

post rotting

Rotted font porch pillar post, this is a very common area to find wood rot make sure you look at this area close. (Possible FHA Concern)

Porch cement settling

Concrete patio settled back toward the home, make sure to check the basement closely for water leaks.

Front porch slipping

The front porch has pulled away from the home. This can be repaired by mud Jacking. (Expensive to fix)

porch

This home is less than 2 years old and we found that all the front porch concrete pillar caps were not properly secured to the base. (Newer Home)

Deck slopes toward house

Concrete patio was poured incorrectly with a slope back toward the home. (Newer Home)

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It is very important to look to see if the front porch has settled back toward the home, if it has there is a good chance a water leak has accrued in the basement.

front porch caulking

The siding has been caulked where it meets the porch concrete. Caulking is generally there for a reason. Make sure you look close at the basement or crawl space area directly below this area for water stains or wood rot.

Entire overhang slumping

This center of this front porch over has dropped due to wood rot and will need to be repaired.

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This front porch has had evidence of pulling away from the home by approx. 1/2 in, this one was not a structural concern but we do recommend that you use a concrete caulk to fill the gap where the house and the front porch come together.

Here are some common problems found with the exterior foundation:

exterior foundation wall crack

Commonly found concrete poured wall foundation crack. These cracks generally cause no structural issues.

exterior 6 foundation wall crack

This is a wall crack that is commonly found on the exterior of homes, this crack is not causing any structural concerns. If you are not comfortable with your findings we recommend that you call a professional Home Inspector.

exterior foundation wall crack

Common concrete poured wall foundation crack. These cracks generally cause no structural issues.

exterior problem

Serious foundation movement on the back side of a garage should be checked by a professional. (Possible FHA Concern)

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Exterior grade

This back yard could have serious water troubles as the yard is sloped back toward the home. (Newer Home)

Exterior grade

This side yard should be sloped away from the home the grading is sending water directly at the home which can cause basement to leak.

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All trees and shrubs should be kept back at least one foot away from homes:

shrubs

All trees should be cut back from the roofs.

exterior trees

All trees should be cut back from the siding.

exterior trees

All trees should be cut back from the roof/siding.

 

 Exterior electrical, gas and water faucet inspection:

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60 amp electrical meter

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100 amp electrical meter

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200 amp electrical meter.

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This is a photo of a 100 amp electrical meter with a main disconnect on the exterior of the home.

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