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Home Inspection and the Front Porch
Inspections 101
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For many, the warm months mean spending time relaxing on the front porch. Unfortunately, the elements can take a toll on the front porch. A home inspector will certainly evaluate the condition of the front porch and make any recommendations they see fit with regard to any defects found. Would you like to know what a home inspector will be looking at? Read on!
  • front porch home inspectionSiding - Real wood siding can warp and crack over time. Other types may also warp or become damaged as they age. Concrete fiberboard such as HardePlank carries with it special installation and maintenance requirements that should not be overlooked.
  • Trim - Used to render the porch more attractive, trim needs to be maintained. Corner board, facia, soffits and the ceiling of the porch should not be distressed. Cracks and peeling paint can lead to rot and unwanted pests like termites.
  • Lighting - Most front porches will have at least one light. Exterior fixtures will not last as long as those installed inside the home due to the constant exposure to the elements. Be sure fixtures are secured to the house and that the base is sealed properly to prevent water intrusion.
  • Wiring - Rusted fixtures and exposed and/or cracked wiring will be included in a home inspection report. Exterior wiring is typically encased in conduit if installed in an area subject to potential impact. 
  • Framing - Rotting wood and pest infestations are two common problems. People frequently have potted plants on the porch, and watewring them can lead to wood rot at support columns and decking. The condition of support beams will be assessed. A check for pest damage underneath the porch will also be done.
  • Flooring - Even treated wood will loose its ability to repel water after a period of time. Rain water will cause damage if allowed to pool on the deck boards. Manitaining adequate drainage is critical. Direct sun exposure can cause damage as well. Loose boards, poor structural support from below and broken or cracked pieces will be noted should they exist.
  • Columns/Rails - Any post, column, or rail that is loose could be dangerous. Loose railings and balusters can also be hazardous.
  • Doors - Exterior doors may rust, warp, swell, or splinter. Broken glass or screens that are torn can also be problematic.
  • Roof - The part of the roof that covers the front porch will likely wear out before other parts of the roof as they are often built at a lower pitch (closer to level) than the rest of the roof. The spot where the two different roofs intersect (house to porch) is an area vulnerable to damage, and special flashing is necessary here to prevent leaks. Missing tiles will need to be replaced. Other types of damage will need to be addressed.
The inspection of the rear porch will be much the same. Decks and patio inspections will also include a look at many of these potential problem areas. Whether you plan to spend lots of time outdoors, or very little, when considering the purchase of a home it is important to know the condition of outdoor spaces as well. If these areas are in poor condition, a written request for repairs or a price reduction on the cost of the home may be in order.
Buyers may overlook problems with front porches but the home inspector will not. This part of the home, like all others, needs to be in good condition. The front porch may not present the need for expensive repairs, but any problem that presents a possible hazard should be taken seriously.

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Darin Redding
Written on Saturday, 01 September 2012 08:35 by Darin Redding

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