Thanks everyone! The inspection went great…well, I guess it depends on how you define great…clients were very interactive and the husband was the most analytical client I’ve met. He wanted to track down every wire in the place. I actually got the realtor to leave so I could spend more time investigating some issues. The home was a 3400 sq ft 11 year old foreclosure selling for less than half of what it would have 5 years ago. I will update a post on the Structural Inspection board related to this home. Anyway, I saved the exterior for last. Had pictures on the iPad of the areas showing poor flashing and lack of separation from roof etc. Here’s the essence of what I communicated:
The stucco type exterior finish appears to be an EIFS ( Exterior Insulated Finishing System). While these systems offer much in the way of aesthetic beauty and insulation, if improperly installed, they can become problematic. The components making up the EIFS MUST be installed according to the manufacturers specific instructions. Our visual inspection of the system raises concerns about proper installation and the potential for moisture issues. Guidelines regarding flashing and separation from potential moisture sources do not appear to have been followed. A few areas of cracking were also observed. EIFS systems require occasional (typically annual) inspections to ensure that moisture is not present behind the systems, where it can cause damage to the substrate. Recommend that the client contact a professional certified EIFS Inspector to evaluate the EIFS system prior to closing.
Now, I need to find them a qualified EIFS Inspector neat Appleton, WI.