Interior and Exterior

 
(a) The home inspector shall inspect:

(1) Wall cladding, flashings, and trim;
(2) Entryway doors and a representative number of windows;
 (3) Garage door operators;
(4) Decks, balconies, stoops, steps, areaways, porches and applicable railings;
(5) Eaves, soffits, and fascias;
(6) Driveways, patios, walkways, and retaining walls; and
(7) Vegetation, grading, and drainage with respect only to their effect on the condition of the building.
 

 
(b) The home inspector shall:

(1) Describe wall cladding materials;
(2) Operate all entryway doors;
(3) Operate garage doors manually or by using permanently installed controls for any garage door operator;
(4) Report whether or not any garage door operator will automatically reverse or stop when meeting reasonable resistance during closing; and
(5) Probe exterior wood components where deterioration is suspected.

(c) The home inspector is not required to inspect:

  (1) Storm windows, storm doors, screening, shutters, awnings, and similar seasonal accessories;
(2) Fences;
(3) For the presence of safety glazing in doors and windows;
(4) Garage door operator remote control transmitters;
(5) Geological conditions;
(6) Soil conditions;
(7) Recreational facilities (including spas, saunas, steam baths, swimming pools, tennis courts, playground equipment, and other exercise, entertainment, or athletic facilities); except as otherwise provided in 11 NCAC 8.1109(d)(5)(F);
(8) Detached buildings or structures; or
(9) For the presence or condition of buried fuel storage tanks.



Interior

 
(a) The home inspector shall inspect:

(1) Walls, ceiling, and floors;
(2) Steps, stairways, balconies, and railings;
(3) Counters and a representative number of built-in cabinets; and
(4) A representative number of doors and windows.

(b) The home inspector shall:

(1) Operate a representative number of windows and interior doors; and
(2) Report signs of water penetration into the building or signs of abnormal or harmful condensation on building components.

(c) The home inspector is not required to inspect:

(1) Paint, wallpaper, and other finish treatments on the interior walls, ceilings, and floors;
(2) Carpeting; or
(3) Draperies, blinds, or other window treatments.
 
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