As per the International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection set by the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, B to B Home Inspections will inspect your exterior of the home abiding by the following:
Ed Lawton, the inspector at B to B Home Inspections, shall inspect the following exterior elements. At the time of this part of the inspection, the inspector will inspect:
- the exterior wall-covering materials, flashing and trim;
- all exterior doors;
- adjacent walkways and driveways;
- stairs, steps, stoops, stairways and ramps;
- porches, patios, decks, balconies and carports;
- railings, guards and handrails;
- the eaves, soffits and fascia;
- a representative number of windows; 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.
Please note, the inspector is not required to:
- inspect or operate screens, storm windows, shutters, awnings, fences, outbuildings, or exterior accent lighting.
- inspect items that are not visible or readily accessible from the ground, including window and door flashing.
- inspect or identify geological, geotechnical, hydrological or soil conditions.
- inspect recreational facilities or playground equipment.
- inspect seawalls, breakwalls or docks.
- inspect erosion-control or earth-stabilization measures.
- inspect for safety-type glass.
- inspect underground utilities.
- inspect underground items.
- inspect wells or springs.
- inspect solar, wind or geothermal systems.
- inspect swimming pools or spas.
- inspect wastewater treatment systems, septic systems or cesspools.
- inspect irrigation or sprinkler systems.
- inspect drainfields or dry wells.
- determine the integrity of multiple-pane window glazing or thermal window seals.
As Per NJ State Standards
When conducting the inspection of the exterior components, a home inspector shall:
i) Exterior surfaces, excluding shutters, and screening, awnings, and other similar
ii) Exterior doors excluding storm doors or safety glazing;
iii) Windows excluding storm windows and safety glazing;
iv) Attached or adjacent decks, balconies, stoops, steps, porches, and their railings;
v) Vegetation, grading, drainage, and retaining walls with respect to their immediate
detrimental effect on the condition of the residential building, excluding fences,
geological and/or soil conditions, sea walls, break-walls, bulkheads and docks, or
erosion control and earth stabilization;
vi) Attached or adjacent walkways, patios, and driveways; and
vii) Garage doors including automatic door openers and entrapment protection
mechanisms, excluding remote control devices; and
2) Describe exterior wall surface type and material.
“International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection.” InterNACHI. N.p., June 2013. Web. 07 June 2016.
“13:40-15.16 STANDARDS OF PRACTICE.” NEW JERSEY ADMINISTRATIVE CODE: HOME INSPECTION ADVISORY COMMITTEE: Home Inspection Advisory Committee (n.d.): n. pag. NJ Consumer Affairs. 20 Apr. 2015. Web.