Continuing with the series of the different home systems to help sellers, realtors, buyers and current owners keep the home in its peak operating condition this blog post will talk about the Exterior of the property. The last blog covered roofing and I will continue to give pointers on each system of the home moving forward.
The key systems are Roofing, Exterior, Garage, HVAC, Electrical, Plumbing, Structural, Insulation/Attic and Interior.
Here is a list of the most commonly found defects around the exterior system that need repairs/replacement/maintenance.
Settlement cracks – These are very common in Florida because most homes are slab on grade construction with stucco siding and as the house settles well it is just going to show some settlement cracks. Keep these cracks painted/sealed to prevent moisture intrusion behind the stucco.
Caulk/Seal - Exterior windows and doors should be caulked/sealed around their edges. This caulk/seal is a maintenance item that needs updated every few years. Monitor your home's exterior windows and doors and update the caulk/seal if you see it cracking/peeling/deterioration.
Wood siding/Trim – Keep wood trim/siding from being in direct contact with the ground (dirt). Wood is like a sponge and contact with the ground will promote faster wear/rot of the wood because it will absorb moisture faster. It is also conducive for WDO issues because of the ground contact and increased moisture.
Vegetation – Keep all vegetation trimmed back and out of contact with the home. Vegetation in contact with the home draws moisture to that area and moisture is the number one enemy of any home structure to cause wear and tear.
Soffit/Fascia/Eaves - The part of the home where the roof meets the walls on the exterior of the home deserves your attention. If soffit is pushed in fix it because it gives bugs and critters a direct access to your attic when it is open. If fascia is worn/deteriorated replace it, this drip edge of the roof sees a lot of moisture and helps keep that moisture dripping down to the ground where you want it to go.
Drainage - Make sure gutters are diverted away from the home's foundation. If a downspout is draining directly into the corner of a home’s foundation this could cause undue settlement/erosion around the footer of a home. Extend gutter down spouts at least 4 feet away from the home to keep water moving away from the foundation.
These are just some of the exterior areas that need attention. As this series continues keep in mind these items will keep your home lasting longer with less problems and a better curb appeal if you are thinking of selling. Watch for the next blog where I will talk about HVAC systems in a home. Home Inspector Windermere
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