The Operating Systems, Lower Level, Interior and Exterior Inspection sections are EXTREMELY condensed versions of those found in our home inspection book: Home Inspection Business From A to Z
Real Estate Appraisers are not required to be home inspectors. However, I will include these sections anyway to give you some basic details about home inspections.
Walls and Fences
Retaining walls are used to support the soil in areas, such as driveways or yards, which are dug into the earth. Check to see if any retaining walls are leaning. Any leaning conditions indicate that repairs must be made to prevent the wall from moving any further or collapsing. Some different types of retaining walls are:
- Stone and Cement Walls
- Dry Stone Walls
- Gabion Walls
- Concrete Block Walls
- Wood Timber Walls
All fences need to be checked for sturdiness. Tell the client to check with town hall to determine if the fence is within the subject property line. Often the homeowner or a neighbor will have a fence, wall, driveway or shed installed and the contractor will just guess where the property line is. This can lead to an encroachment on someone else's property. This topic will be discussed further into the book.