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How to Check a Home Exterior

Apart from viewing the exterior of a prospective home, the exterior needs to be thoroughly checked once a potential buyer is seriously considering the purchase. This permits any undiscovered difficulties to be brought to light, whether due to issues with vendor openness or a lack of preparedness. This then can clue potential buyers into whether the proposed price for the property is reasonable, and informs any decisions further down the road.


Checking out the integrity of the roof is a good starting point. A view from ground level, on all sides, gives a good indication of the overall state of repair. Moving to a closer look on the rooftop, shingles need to be inspected for signs of wear and tear like curling, breaking, cracking, warping, and loosening. It should also be noted if any shingles are missing. The protective granules on asphalt shingles also need checking for serious wear and flashing around structures like chimneys. Inspecting a roof can also tell if there is a history of water damage, indicating costly repairs would need to be done.

Downspouts and Gutters

The gutter system is another crucial aspect of home structural soundness and needs to be in good working condition to avoid leaking and deterioration of the foundation. A given system needs to be able to direct the flow of excess water at least five feet away from the house, and gutters and downspouts need to be securely attached to the home with no gaps. Compromises to the gutter system, including clogs from debris, can cause water to run down the sides of a home, which can be highly destructive over time.


Trimming on doors and windows, particularly if made of wood, needs to be checked next. Wooden structures can rot and warp if not maintained properly, and trimmings of any material need to be checked for cracking, loosening, or any other detrimental occurrences. Trimming is essential in protecting these structures and the home’s residents and plays an essential role in insulation.


The siding protecting the exterior walls needs to be in good shape before another owner purchases and moves in. Any areas of chipping or damaged paint need to be addressed. Signs like cracking or noticeable gaps indicate that the siding is not up to protect from the elements and pest infestations. Areas that show bulging or warping are especially worrisome, as this usually means there is further damage and leaking inward. Suppose any of the aforementioned signs are found. In that case, this will necessitate communications between the current owner and the interested party, as the proposed value of the home may not be reasonable. Owners may need to perform replacements, like installing new vinyl siding. 

Our experts at AlpharettaZen have all the expertise and resources at hand in order to make your home shopping and buying experience a satisfying one. Contact us today for assistance with everything from scheduling viewings to carrying out house inspections. 

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