Siding is a popular choice for home builders because it is low maintenance and comes in a wide variety of colors. It is also a common choice because properly installed and maintained siding can provide a great barrier against water.
Home inspectors will pay close attention to the home’s siding to make sure it doesn’t show signs of cracking, splitting or holes of any kind. As you can imagine, once the siding is no longer intact the water barrier it provides is in question. Additionally, signs of warping or buckling are something the home inspector should catch. You can usually negotiate a price break during the sale if you know these items need to be repaired.
A real estate inspection or home inspection is not an appraisal or a check for compliance with building codes; it’s also not an evaluation of environmental hazards. See the NYS Standards of Practice for more information on the limitations of a home inspection.
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