When we inspect the walls of the home, we are looking for many issues that may suggest structural movement has occurred, settling cracks which may include cosmetic in nature findings, and damage. At the exterior, the inspector will look at the siding or exterior wall cladding. We are required to inspect and describe the exterior wall covering. We should be able to identify the type of stucco or EIFS that is installed (if present). We should be able to identify the type of wood siding installed (if present). We also have to look at the associated flashing
and trim, but only those items, including window and door flashing, that are visible or readily accessible from the ground. Inspection reports may contain recommendations regarding conditions reported, or recommendations for correction, monitoring or further evaluation by professionals.
Ceilings, floors, walls and stairways are part of the interior inspection of the home inspection. This portion involves us using various tools such as moisture meters, thermal cameras (as needed) and of course our hands. When we examine an area that looks potentially damaged, we do this best with our hands and eyes. By the time we’ve gotten to the interior, we already have a pretty good understanding of the exterior and anything that may be causing issues on the interior.