Inspect Your Deck

Home Inspector with National Property Inspections

How do you check if your deck is built according to correct safety standards?

Building a deck is a popular project often done by do-it-yourselfers. Unfortunately, not all decks are built soundly. A deck inspection includes checking the support posts, railings and decking boards to ensure it is in proper condition and safe.

Here are some key points to look for during a deck inspection:

  • Deck built immediately below electrical wires or over an air-conditioning/heat pump unit
  • Warped or fractured wood support posts
  • Deteriorated masonry posts
  • Missing support posts
  • Support posts that are sinking into the ground
  • Deck securely attached to house or independently supported
  • Bolts mounted head out and thread end in
  • Railings and steps installed (if required) and secure and sound
  • Decking in good condition and securely attached

A qualified professional will inspect the deck as part of the exterior inspection, note any issues and recommend repairs if necessary.

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Harry F. D'Elia
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

It is a great time to inspect your deck to prepare for winter months.

Jun 28, 2010 02:41 AM #1
Charlie Ragonesi - Big Canoe, GA
Homes - Big Canoe, Jasper, North Georgia Pros

We just cleaned and repainted our deck. It is obvious we are going to have to replace it in the next couple of years. the previous owner did not keep up with the maintainence. But I like this post as I was, a few days ago, walking around the deck

Jun 28, 2010 02:41 AM #2
Susan Laxson CRS
HomeSmart Professionals - La Quinta, CA
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It is a great time to do this and get it ready for summer.  Ours was just cleaned and painted and looks SO much better!

Jun 28, 2010 03:00 AM #3
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