Realtors are the invaluable liaison between the home buyer and home seller. Make sure you are aware and have communicated any potential problems with the home. A couple key items that may require further investigation are bad/rotten caulk and humps in the wall suggesting there may be a moisture issue. There are certainly many others to look for. VERY IMPORTANT – without resolution of these types of problems up front, your deal may fall apart at the settlement table. We will help coordinate an EIFS Inspection for your home listing.
The purpose of this moisture inspection is to help assess the condition of the stucco system by looking for visible installation flaws, inadequate water diversion and sealant failures and conduct random moisture readings using electronic moisture scan devices.
A Basic Inspection includes, but is not limited to:
- A visual examination of the condition of the stucco, exterior sealants, flashing, windows, doors, roof-to-stucco transitions, parapets, gutters, deck-to-building connections, stucco terminations and any penetrations through the stucco.
- Conducting of random electronic moisture scanning of the building envelope.
- Preparing a report of our observations of potential problem areas and recording any high readings found.
- Providing detailed information on typical moisture-related problems in stucco homes to assist you in maintaining the value of your home.
Our policy is to rely on moisture meter readings as an indicator of relative moisture values between different test spots, not as an absolute value of water content in the substrate. It is difficult to determine if the structural wood of your home has been damaged in areas of high readings without ‘probing’ and/or removing a core sample of the stucco to allow for visual inspection. Should we feel that further investigation is needed this will be indicated in the summary section of the report.
A repair follow-up inspection should be conducted within three months after completion of the repairs to assess the effectiveness of the moisture modifications. This is extremely important. Annual inspections should also be scheduled to ensure that your stucco system remains dry. This way any sealant failures, stucco cracks, etc. can be caught and repaired promptly. Testing and maintaining your home on a regular basis is the best way to prevent costly repairs associated with moisture damage. Also, should you decide to sell your home, annual inspections and maintenance documentation will be a valuable selling tool, providing evidence to show that your home has been inspected and maintained on a regular basis by a reputable and qualified company.
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