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.
The different types of garages you'll encounter are Detached, Attached and Built-in or Tuck-under garages.
- Detached garages are separate structures from the main house.
- Attached garages are attached to the main house.
- Built-in or Tuck-under garages are set underneath the house and take up a section of the lower level.
A benefit of having an attached or built-in garage is that you can park the car and enter the house without worrying about the weather conditions. A detached garage is safer in the event that a car is left running by mistake, the exhaust fumes can't enter the house easily. A detached garage is also safer in the event of a fire, the flames and smoke can't spread to the house easily.
The inspection procedure for the garage is the same as with the exterior and interior aspects of the main house. Review those sections to find more comments and recommendations. Check the floor for any oil or gas drippings. Gas and oil must be cleaned to help prevent fires from starting. Garage walls and ceilings should be covered with fireproof sheetrock to help prevent the spread of any fires. Masonry walls and ceilings are an acceptable fireproof covering.
If the garage is attached or built-in there should be a fireproof entry door leading to the house. Also, this door should have a self-closing device to prevent it being left open. This will prevent car exhaust fumes or fires from spreading into the house easily.
Other Exterior Structures
Check all garden and tool sheds on the property for rot and wood destroying insect infestation. Make sure they're sturdy and there are no hazards. If there are any other exterior structures on the property, evaluate them just as you would the house itself. If there is anything you're unsure about, then just tell the client to have the structure evaluated further by a licensed contractor.