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Homeowners and buyers need to pay particular attention to the exterior of their homes. Although there's no replacement for professional home inspectors, but for homeowners needing to conduct their exterior home inspection by themselves, this article might be of help.
It's best to consult a professional home inspector in Palm Coast if a more significant problem is discovered during the inspection. Here are just a few things to look out for during an exterior home inspection.
Although most roofs can only be viewed properly by climbing on top with a ladder, you can also inspect your roofs from lower ground, by checking from the sides. An aging roof can be known from a patch, cracks or irregularities in the shingles. A professional home inspection in Palm Coast will be able to spot such roofs quickly and advise the next step to rectify or replace it.
Most windows that aren't protected with overhangs will be quick to rot. Rotted or patched windows are mostly visible up close. A simple finger poke can reveal a window that is about to spoil or crack. Most Internal rotting of windows occur in Aluminum clad wooding windows, so if your home uses such windows, squeezing and pushing might help check for such defects.
Checking for signs of waterlogging from underneath your windows can help prevent further damage.
Directing water away from your home is an essential and vital inspection that everyone should perform. Look for gutters, because proper drainage system can help with this. Waterlogging in a house can lead to substantial foundation problems and cause stagnant water in the basement of a home. Making sure your house slopes higher away from the earth is very important.
Also, make sure water is not concentrated against your house in other to avoid logged water and foundation problems.
Most hardboard siding begins to deteriorate when it swells and eventually falls apart when it rots. Checking for deteriorated hardboard siding is quite easy to do for anyone. Usually, the first areas to rot in a hardboard siding are areas not protected by overhangs, the north side and also the side closest to the ground.
Another way to check for rot in a hardboard siding is to push it with your hands, as they get mushy when decay. Newer Stucco siding defects are usually complicated to identify from the exterior, but easier with the help of a professional home inspector who will detect the stains from below and know the next step to take.
This is usually associated with old houses. Chimney repairs are costly, that is why when buying an old home, you should check if it comes with a chimney. Missing bricks in the wall will mean that the upper portions of the fireplace need rebuilding, which will be expensive. Most problems with chimney flashing, crown, and interior flues are challenging to identify from the ground without the help of an experienced professional.