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What is an Exterior Inspection?
An exterior inspection provides photos and descriptions of the outside of a property. It documents the home or property from a distance to get an overview as well as closer photos to show issues. An exterior property inspection covers the property's front, sides, and rear, and the surrounding area.
While there is value in inspecting and documenting the interior of a home, exterior inspections can provide critical value to landlords, investors, and anyone evaluating a property. It's the outer structures that give the house its ability to withstand extreme conditions like heavy wind, rain, and storm.
Therefore, a property's exterior doesn't only need to be attractive, but it should also be in proper condition. Additionally, the state of a building's outer structure can give you an insight into its interior.
What is the Checklist for an Exterior Property Inspection?
The property inspection checklist is the information that inspector will check during the inspection.
Here's what a typical exterior property inspection checklist provides
- Foundation and under-floor areas including basement, masonry, floor framing system, and under-floor ventilation.
- Vegetation, yard, and landscape
- Drainage including gutters and downspouts
- Driveways, walkways, sidewalks, and garage.
- Decks, patios, porches, balconies, stairs, and railings.
- Rooftop including roof coverings and chimneys
- Wall, sidings, trim, paint, and caulking
- Exterior windows and doors, including their frames and hinges
Why it is Important Before Renting or Buying a New Property?
Buying a home to directly occupy or as an investment is a significant purchase.
A home inspection makes it easier to evaluate if the property is worth the investment you intend to make. Therefore, it can save you from making the costly mistake of purchasing a property that requires major and expensive repairs.
An exterior property inspection explicitly examines the visible elements of a home's structure, if there are undetected issues in those areas, it can pose a risk to the home occupants, especially during extreme weather situations.
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