I have done over 1000 basic Insurance Inspections and Reconstruction Value reports for companies like Allstate, Liberty Mutual, Tower, USAA and many others. By having this experience I have an edge on knowing what your insurance company is looking for when adjusting your rates. I have also done countless reports for companies to report on progress of repairs and construction for lenders. New home buyers should use this as a guideline when looking to purchase a property to know what they will be looking at from their insurance company. When The Insurance company comes out to see your property this is usually what is included in an Exterior Report.
1. Photo’s of all sides of the home
2. Photo’s of all angles of the roof
3. Identify the type of siding and roof material
4. Does the home have dead blots on all exterior doors
5. Is there any siding , roofing, window , door, chimney or chimney crown, steps, decks or porch damage.
6. Any damaged soffits, eaves, fascia or siding dry rot or paint peeling or gutters missing or pointing in the wrong direction.
7. Are there any decks higher than 36 inches without a railing
8. Any trees over hanging the home with over hanging branches larger than 6 inches
9. Identify and photograph any and all attached and detached structures on the property.
10. Is there a in-ground pool and is it properly fenced and a lock on the gate
11. Is there any aggressive dogs on the property or farm animals
12. How far is the nearest fire hydrant or body of water that can be used for a fire
13. Is there a trampoline or skateboard ramps
14. Is the foundation in need of repair
15. Is there second story exits
16. Is the home vacant or occupied
17. Is the sidewalk/driveway in need of repair
18. Is there a business on premises that creates additional hazards/exposures
19. Is the property in need of maintenance
20. Does the property contain an attractive nuisance
21. Is the property under construction
22. Discover the year built
If the Policy Holder is home ask if they have smoke detectors and a fire extinguisher