Exterior features

Author: Little Creek Home Inspections, LLC |


  1. The home inspector shall inspect:
    1. Wall cladding, flashings, and trim;
    2. Entryway doors and a representative number of windows;
    3. Garage door operators;
    4. Decks, balconies, stoops, steps, areaways, porches and applicable railings;
    5. Eaves, soffits, and fascias;
    6. Driveways, patios, walkways, and retaining walls; and
    7. Vegetation, grading, and drainage with respect only to their effect on the condition of the building.
  2. The home inspector shall:
    1. Describe wall cladding materials;
    2. Operate all entryway doors;
    3. Operate garage doors manually or by using permanently installed controls for any garage door operator;
    4. Report whether or not any garage door operator will automatically reverse or stop when meeting reasonable
    5. resistance during closing; and
    6. Probe exterior wood components where deterioration is suspected.
  3. The home inspector is not required to inspect:
    1. Storm windows, storm doors, screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories;
    2. Fences;
    3. For the presence of safety glazing in doors and windows;
    4. Garage door operator remote control transmitters;
    5. Geological conditions;
    6. Soil conditions;
    7. Recreational facilities (including spas, saunas, steam baths, swimming pools, tennis courts, playground equipment, and other exercise, entertainment, or athletic facilities); except as otherwise provided in 11 NCAC 8.1109(d)(5)(F);
    8. Detached buildings or structures; or
    9. For the presence or condition of buried fuel storage tanks.

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