The exterior of a home can have typical issues that come up on a regular basis for inspections. In Florida I would say one of the most common is settlement cracks in stucco. In Florida most homes are slab on grade foundations or as I like to call them slab on sand. No matter how well prepared a foundation is a lot of them are going to have some settling of the home over time. With this settling there can be settlement cracks in the stucco.
Typically, these are not a structural issue. Most settlement cracks can be corrected with sealant and paint. Why seal and paint them? Sealing and painting settlement cracks on a home is important because over time moisture can work its way through those cracks and create issues.
Now keep in mind not all cracks on the exterior of a home are just settlement cracks. If the cracks are open gaps with sharp edges spanning a ¼ inch or more I would call someone in to have it reviewed.
This is one of many quick tips on things that come up on a regular basis in a home inspection. If you are looking for a home inspection you can schedule today at www.homeinspectorsgroup.com/schedule or call at 407-301-5936.
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