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Property Lot

Home inspectors should look for and take note of:

  • steep slope

A home inspector should note if a home is on a steep slope and, therefore, subject to erosion or movement. The maximum slope of a lot is roughly 1-in-2.

  • negative grading

A home inspector should note if a home is subject to negative grading or poor drainage. Water penetration could damage the foundation over time. Also, take note of driveways that slope toward the home.

  • high grading
    Wood siding and sill plates should be at least 6 inches above grade. Rotten sills will be
    crushed by the weight of the home and lead to settlement. Furthermore, a rotten sill weakens
    the anchoring of the framing to the foundation.
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  • downspouts discharging near the foundation
    A home inspector should note if the downspouts for the guttering system are discharging too near the
    foundation.

nearby vegetation
A home inspector should note the existence of any trees near the home. Plants growing next
to the house could raise the soil level too high against the foundation.