System: Exterior

American Institute of Inspectors Standards of Practice


6.1 The inspector SHALL observe and report on:

  • Exterior wall coverings, flashings and trim.
  • Primary windows and doors.
  • Garage-door operators.
  • Attached garages and carports.
  • Attached decks, balconies, stoops, steps, columns, areaways, and porches including hand railings and guardrails.
  • Eaves, soffits, and fascias.
  • Vegetation, grading, drainage, driveways, patios, walkways and retaining walls with respect to their effect on the condition of the building. [Retaining walls are reported on based on their existence, visual function and whether weep holes are present. The adequacy and engineering aspects are left to the appropriate professional].

6.2 The inspector SHALL:

  • Identify exterior wall covering materials.
  • Operate all exterior doors including garage doors, manually or by using permanently installed controls of any garage door operator.
  • Report whether or not any garage door operator will automatically reverse when meeting reasonable resistance during closing and/or when the electronic eye beam (if installed) is interrupted.

6.3 The inspector is NOT required to report on:

  • Garage door operator remote control transmitters.
  • Operation or condition of storm doors, storm windows, screening, shutters or awnings.
  • Geological, geotechnical or hydrological conditions.
  • Soil conditions.
  • Recreational facilities, including, but not limited to, spas, saunas, steam baths, swimming pools, tennis courts, playground equipment, and other exercise, entertainment, or athletic facilities [unless specifically contracted for by the client and the inspector possesses the proper technical expertise, training and applicable State licensing and/or certification for such inspections].
  • Foundation, roof and all underground drainage systems.
  • Detached outbuildings and structures, other than primary parking garage and carport, unless specifically contracted for inclusion in the report by the client.
  • Areas or items that are not visible from a readily accessible walking surface.
  • Waterfront boathouses, piers and docks, waterfront bulkheading.
  • Outdoor barbecues.

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