When it comes to a home’s exterior, not everything is about curb appeal and cosmetics. Sure, the perfect paint color and a lush lawn will catch someone’s eye, but the outside of a house is about structure, functionality, and safety just as much as the inside is. And while the average home buyer can’t always see a house’s potential issues from driving by or walking through a showing, a proper home inspection can reveal things the naked eye misses. Today, we’re reviewing what home inspectors check outside of houses for.
What Gets Inspected Outside of a House
As we’ve covered extensively in our blog, there are several things included on a home inspector’s checklist for inside a home—from water heaters to electrical systems. But a basic home inspection extends beyond the walls, too. Here’s what’s being examined:
- Exterior Walls and Siding – Loose or wavy vinyl siding, loose or cracked bricks, and holes or gaps in a house are all common issues inspectors find. Peeled paint is another, as it could signal water damage.
- Lot Grading – If the landscape is flat or sloping toward a house, it can result in rain runoff that eventually damages the foundation.
- Roof and Rain Gutters – From missing or broken shingles and tiles to rusted metal or decayed/rotten wood, there are several issues to be found with a roof. Inspectors also check that gutters are clear and secure, and that flashing is in good shape.
- Trees and Shrubbery – These need to be well-trimmed and an appropriate distance away from the home to safeguard against damage and pests.
- Deck, Porch, Driveway, Walkway – Weak or unstable decks/porches are a safety hazard, as are cracks and uneven surfaces in driveways and walkways. All steps and handrails are also checked for safety.
Other Things Home Inspectors Check Outside for When Applicable
Though not relevant for every house, here are a few other things inspectors will check if applicable:
- Garage – Water seepage or foundation cracks may occur in the garage. Inspectors check that the garage door works and the auto-reverse safety feature is intact.
- Fence – If there’s one in the yard, it needs to be level, stable, and in good condition. Inspectors make note of any leaning, wobbling, or loose materials.
Here at Homeinex Corporation, our expert home inspectors check outside and inside every house thoroughly to put your home-buying worries to rest. With over 30 years of experience in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut home inspections, contact Homeinex for your inspection needs.