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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