Will Your Inspector Look At The Exterior During A Home Inspection?

The short answer is yes. The exterior of a home — the roof in particular — is just as important as the interior. No home inspection is complete without a good look at the exterior. Here are a few of the areas outside of your home that the inspector is interested in.
The Roof
Your inspector isn’t required to climb onto the roof, and they probably won’t, but there are a number of things they can tell you by just looking at it. Is the roof free of debris? Are there any signs of water damage or mold? Another important factor is the condition of the shingles. Missing, damaged, or old shingles need to be replaced as soon as possible. The lifespan of the shingles depends on the type, but it’s typically somewhere between 15 and 30 years.

Windows And Doors
Between higher energy costs and the potential for leaks, damaged or poorly sealed openings can be a huge money sink. When looking at the windows your inspector will check for damaged caulking, signs of leakage, and potential wood rot. They’ll do the same for the doors. If there are any other points of entry, cellar doors, for example, they will also check those.

The Foundation
While inspecting the foundation your inspector will look for stress cracks, gaps in door and window frames, and the presence of leaning walls. The level of the grading near your foundation is also important. Ideally, the ground near your foundation should be subtly sloping down and away from your home. This allows water to flow and pool to an area with a lower elevation. In homes with poor grading, water builds up around the foundation, eventually causing structural damage to the home.

Gutters And Downspouts
Much like the roof, your inspector probably won’t inspect every square inch of your gutter, but there are a number of problems they can spot just by looking at it. Gutters that are overly full or damaged can cause major issues. Leaks and foundation damage just to name a few. Unfortunately, your inspector won’t clean the gutters for you, but they will let you know if there are any major issues.

The Importance Of An Independent Home Inspection
Your home is one of the most important — and expensive — purchases you’ll ever make. Making a decision of this magnitude without knowing everything you possibly can about a house is ill-advised. You can’t always just take the seller at their word, either. There may be things that they are unaware of, or issues that they aren’t required to disclose.

All of this is why a home inspection performed by an independent home inspector is such a vital part of the home buying process. No matter how much you love a home on paper, the reality is that a house could be hiding all sorts of issues. Issues that you may ultimately be responsible for if you go through with the purchase. Avoid the hassle and get a home inspection.

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