Does a home inspector check fences?

Saturday, September 7, 2019

The Standards of Practice of the two national home inspector associations and the State of Florida limit what is inspected at the homesite to “visible and readily accessible site conditions that affect the structure,” and fences are specifically excluded. However, "Vegetation, grading, surface drainage, and retaining walls that are likely to adversely affect the building” are required to be inspected.

    While the Standards of Practice set minimum standards, a home inspector may choose to exceed them, or the inspection may be limited to less than what is outlined in the standards when agreed to by the homebuyer and specified in an inspection agreement. A four-point insurance inspection would be example of a limited inspection.

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Here’s links to a collection of our other blog posts about a home’s SITE:

 Why do so many more sinkholes open up after a hurricane?

 Should I seal the pavers at my patio and driveway or not? 

 What is a flag lot?

 How much is the ground required to slope away from a house? 

• What is a chimney sinkhole?

 How do I recognize structural problems in a retaining wall?  

 What are the warning signs of a sinkhole? 

 What causes sinkholes?

 How can homebuyers protect themselves against buying a house over a sinkhole?  

 What should I do about a tree with roots running under my house?

 Will the electric company trim branches rubbing against the overhead service lines to my house?

 How can trees damage a house? 

•  What causes cracks in a driveway?

• What is my chance of buying a Florida home over a sinkhole? 

Which trees are most likely to fall over on your house in a hurricane?

    Visit our SITE and "DOES A HOME INSPECTOR…” pages for other related blog posts on this subject, or go to the INDEX for a complete listing of all our articles.  

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