June 7, 2016

Exterior Inspections

B to B Home Inspections 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:

1) Inspect:
i) Exterior surfaces, excluding shutters, and screening, awnings, and other similar
seasonal accessories;
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.