Home Inspection Checklist: Exteriors

check-listIn our last post, we discussed the importance of performing a thorough home inspection to determine a home’s overall condition prior to purchase.

In order to simplify the home inspection process, we’ve divided our checklist into an Interior Checklist and Exterior Checklist.

Here is a handy rundown of things to look for when inspecting a home’s exterior, including the landscaping, structure, windows, doors, and roofing.


  • No evidence of standing water
  • No leaks around septic tank or leach field
  • Yard, trees, and landscaping alive and well
  • No branches overhanging roof
  • Driveways, walkways, and patios in good condition, without cracks
  • Exterior structures (fences, sheds, decks, retaining walls, carports, etc.) free of rotting wood
  • Exterior structures free of termite damage
  • Railings on stairways and decks secure
  • All drainage directed away from structure
  • Automatic garage door operates properly and stops for obstacles


  • Board lines appear straight and level
  • Sides of house appear straight, not bowed or sagging
  • Windows/door frames appear straight and square
  • Visible foundation has no significant cracks
  • No wood-to-earth contact between ground and wooden materials
  • Wooden siding: no cracks, curling, looseness, rot or decay
  • Vinyl/aluminum siding: no dents, damage, bowing, or looseness
  • No vines growing on surface of structure
  • Paint: no flaking or blisters
  • No stains on exterior surface


  • Wooden frames and trim are secure; no cracks, rot or decay
  • Joints around frames are caulked
  • Windows: no broken glass, damaged screens, or broken storm panels
  • Insulated window seals
  • Drip caps installed over windows


  • Shingles: no curling, cupping, or loss of granulation
  • No mold, rot or decay; no shingles broken or missing
  • No more than 2 layers of roofing
  • Flat roofs: no patches, cracks, or splits
  • No silt deposits (indicates improper drainage)
  • Flashing around roof penetration; sealed tar at flashings
  • No evidence of excess roofing cement/tar/caulk
  • Eave areas have clean vents which are not painted over
  • Gutters: no decay or rust, attached securely to structure, joints sealed
  • Gutters: no bending, sagging, sections missing, or mud deposits
  • Chimneys: Straight, no damaged bricks or cracked joints
  • Chimneys: mortar/cement cap in good condition

Whether you are buying or selling your home, a home inspection checklist offers you an awareness of a home’s condition that can only benefit you in the long run. For more tips on buying or selling your home, contact Ed Price Realtors today to receive professional, experienced real estate guidance.

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