Hello everyone and thank you in advance for any help, I am currently going through the training class to become a licensed home inspector. I have personally dealt with the issue of cracking in stucco while trying to sell a house here in Florida and had two completely different responses from inspectors. I want to make sure when I do a inspection I can confidently identify for my customer cosmetic and structural cracking.
In Florida I had step cracks on my stucco that went down the side of the house that was 13 years old. They were hairline but visible. I had a buyer who had a home inspection and the inspector said absolute structural issue and house is not structurally sound. Now I never had issues with windows not opening slider worked smoothly and doors operated correctly all located in the vicinity of the cracking. Also there was no cracks in the interior sealing etc…
The next buyer I had the inspector said the cracks were normal expansion an contraction with settlement of the house and was not an issue.
As a future inspector I want to do everything possible to ensure my client can confidently purchase this house and enjoy it for a lifetime. As experienced inspectors can you recommend any inspection procedures or experiences or just any advice on how you inspect, determine, and report cracks on exteriors of homes. I have realized that exterior cracking in stucco here in Florida is happening on multitudes of homes. I just want to make sure I am giving my future clients the best possible information.
Thank you in advance I appreciate everyone’s knowledge and help.