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2. Standards of Practice

2.2 Exterior

I. The inspector shall inspect:

  1. the siding, flashing and trim;
  2. all exterior doors, decks, stoops, steps, stairs, porches, railings, eaves, soffits and fascias;
  3. and report as in need of repair any spacing between intermediate balusters, spindles and rails for steps, stairways, balconies and railings that permit the passage of an object greater than 4 inches in diameter;
  4. a representative number of windows;
  5. the vegetation, surface drainage, and retaining walls when these are likely to adversely affect the structure;
  6. and describe the exterior wall covering.

II. The inspector is not required to:

  1. inspect or operate screens, storm windows, shutters, awnings, fences, outbuildings, or exterior accent lighting.
  2. inspect items, including window and door flashing, that are not visible or readily accessible from the ground.
  3. inspect geological, geotechnical, hydrological and/or soil conditions.
  4. inspect recreational facilities or playground equipment.
  5. inspect seawalls, breakwalls or docks.
  6. inspect erosion-control and earth-stabilization measures.
  7. inspect for safety-type glass.
  8. inspect underground utilities.
  9. inspect underground items.
  10. inspect wells or springs.
  11. inspect solar, wind or geothermal systems.
  12. inspect swimming pools or spas.
  13. inspect septic systems or cesspools.
  14. inspect sprinkler systems.
  15. inspect drainfields or dry wells.
  16. determine the integrity of the thermal window seals or damaged glass.
  17. inspect any damaged glass.

2.3 Basement, Foundation & Crawlspace