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The A B C of Getting A Home Inspection


February 7th, 2017



Exterior Home Inspection Checklist

Now that you have chosen a house to go see, you want to check it out before you have a Professional do a Home Inspection. Here is a useful checklist you can use to get a real good idea if it is a house that is worth inspecting:

EXTERIOR HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

GROUNDS & YARD

Good

Repair

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Tree roots or vines not encroaching on building

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Grade, walkways and drive slope away from house

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Driveway sealed and crack-free

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Walkways sealed and crack-free

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Even, safe and level walkways

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Outdoor steps level and safe 

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Window wells free from obstructions

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Plastic window well covers in place

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Fencing well-maintained and waterproofed 

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Garage structure well maintained 

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Garage doors painted, free from damage 

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Entrance apron (garage floor under door) crack-free, level

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Garage door opener functional

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Floor crack-free and level

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Electrical outlets functional

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Other sheds & buildings in good repair

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ROOF & CHIMNEY

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No hail and water damage

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Shingles: no deterioration

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Eaves: no deterioration

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Sufficient Roof ventilation in place

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Chimney: no crumbling brick

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Chimney flue liner and cap: no cracks or deterioration

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Flashing: no deterioration

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Eaves: cover

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Facia: no deterioration

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Facia: adequate ventilation

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Eaves trough: clean of debris

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Downspouts: clean of debris, sealed at connections

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Splash blocks in place beneath downspouts (to drain away from building)

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Drain connection to downspouts sealed and clear of debris

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EXTERIOR OF BUILDING

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Aluminium, vinyl, steel siding: No dents, stains, missing pieces

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Stucco walls: Cracks, deterioration, stains

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Wood Exteriors: Water damage, rot, termite or insect damage

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Weep holes in masonry

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Brick masonry: deterioration

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Masonry window and door sill joints: cracks/deterioration

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Mortar joint deterioration (bricks)

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Flashing above doors and windows in good repair

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Foundation: check for evidence of moisture seepage or cracks

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Cement parging – deterioration

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Check for corner cracks (poured cement foundation)

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Wood post foundation deterioration or evidence of insects

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Porches or Verandas: Check for deterioration and animal damage

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Porch roof shingles, sheathing, soffits, guardrails, handrails and supports

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Exterior paint in good repair

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Wood decks treated with water-proof stain

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Exterior Caulking:

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Present around windows

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Present around doors

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Present around openings

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Present where the building meets the foundation

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Present at trim

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Present around roofing

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DOORS & WINDOWS

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Screens on each window and in good repair

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Entrance door, frame, threshold, hardware all working

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Casement windows – cranks in good repair

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Windows and frames are in good repair, open and close easily

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Moisture and mildew-free

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ELECTRICAL OUTSIDE

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Exterior lighting all in working order

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GFI (Ground Fault Intercept) installed

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Surface and underground wiring operational

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