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Exterior Inspection Standards of Practice

I inspect the exterior of homes and buildings.

According to the InterNACHI® Home Inspection Standards of Practice, the home inspector shall inspect the following:

  • the exterior wall-covering materials;

  • the eaves, soffits, and fascia;

  • a representative number of windows;

  • all exterior doors;

  • flashing and trim;

  • adjacent walkways and driveways;

  • stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps;

  • porches, patios, decks, balconies, and carports;

  • railings, guards, and handrails; and

  • vegetation, surface drainage, retaining walls, and grading of the property, where they may adversely affect the structure due to moisture intrusion.

The inspector shall describe the type of exterior wall-covering materials. The inspector shall report as in need of correction any improper spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles, and rails.

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