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8 Essential Exterior Inspections for Property Seekers

A man in a hard hat holding a clipboard,inspecting the exterior of a home. Setting in motion the journey of buying a home is an uplifting experience filled with the promise of finding your dream investment. But on the flip side, the path to homeownership comes with the responsibility of eliminating potential pitfalls, especially about the property’s exterior.

Real estate investors, landlords, and property managers must meticulously scrutinize specific details from the outset. In this guide, we’ll reflect on the secrets hidden behind a pretty exterior, so ensuring your dream home doesn’t become a financial burden. A thorough inspection is your effective shield, guarding against red flags like water damage, foundation issues, and unforeseen expenses.

Vital Exterior Property Inspections

  1. Curb Appeal: The starting focus is on curb appeal, setting the tone for the entire property. A visually appealing exterior interests and catches tenants’ attention and maintains property value, signaling a well-maintained residence.
  2. Structural Integrity: Dive into the structural aspects, investigating the foundation, walls, and roof. Locate signs of water damage, foundation tests, or other red flags. A professional home inspector is your ally in ascertaining potential concerns and averting sudden, unprepared-for expenses.
  3. Exterior Maintenance: Windows and doors act as gatekeepers to your dream home. Regular maintenance prevents water damage, drafts, and other problems. Review how proactive home maintenance preserves your investment and keeps the property in very good condition.
  4. Landscaping: Landscaping provides both aesthetics and functionality. Assess landscaping to align with your vision and engender an inviting atmosphere. Identify how well-planned landscaping enhances property value and tenant exhilaration and satisfaction.
  5. Outdoor Spaces: Review the condition and usability of outdoor spaces. These areas add value but may pose real problems if not maintained. See to it they are not just visually good to look at but, indeed, also safe and functional.
  6. Security Measures: A secure property is critical for peace of mind and property value. Check out the importance of exterior lighting and security features. Sort out vulnerabilities and set up practical methods to deal with them.
  7. Utility Systems: HVAC units and exterior utilities play a significant role. Study how to assess their working order and determine optimal functionality. A well-maintained HVAC system saves from unplanned expenses and grants comfort to tenants.
  8. Environmental Factors: Assess the property’s exposure to environmental elements and prospective risks. Check out how strategic planning and applicable proactive measures protect your investment from weather-related dilemmas.


All in all, the pursuit of your dream real estate investment extends beyond aesthetics. It’s about certifying the exterior doesn’t hide surprises, turning your dream into a financial annoyance. By observing these basic considerations, you empower yourself to make well-informed decisions. Involve a professional home inspector and choose to work with a reliable real estate agent. The money invested in a comprehensive inspection today safeguards against substantial expenses tomorrow. Make your dream home very attractive and a brilliant and secure investment. Happy home hunting!


For additional practical information on maximizing and optimizing the profits on your real estate investments in Cape Cod and the areas close by, contact us immediately. RPM Associates is skilled and experienced to guide on matters concerning real estate investment and management. Give us a call at 508-509-4485.


Originally Published on August 28, 2020

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