What you don’t know won’t hurt you, right? Wrong. When people use that rationale, it’s usually because they are trying to hide something, or because they want to remain in denial about something. We’re not going to tell you how to handle your personal relationships, but when it comes to stucco, the more you know, the better chance you have of not getting hurt by exorbitant repair bills.
Many homeowners don’t know what is happening behind their stucco or EIFS clad homes. That is until they decide to sell their homes. When it comes time to sell, Colorado homeowners are floored by what comes up during the inspection process. And, some are even taken by surprise when a potential buyer walks away after scheduling their own independent exterior stucco inspection only to find that there is thousands of dollars worth of damage hidden behind the outer walls.
Every seller should get an independent exterior stucco inspection
You have to know what you are up against when you put your home on the market. That means inspecting your home inside and out. Unfortunately, the consequences of poor stucco installations over the past decade are starting to come to light. Improper flashing, drainage, and stucco installations have caused many years worth of water intrusion. Your home may look picture perfect on the outside, but it is rotting away on the inside.
Water penetration can result in having to tear out your exterior walls and completely resurfacing the house before you can put it on the market. Or, you need to be prepared to take a significant hit on your asking price if you decide that the new owners need to take care of the repairs.
Don’t judge a home by its exterior “cover”; find out what’s hiding behind your stucco
The more time passes; the more damage is done. If you wait too long, the walls may start to buckle rendering your home unsafe to live in, not to mention the health risks associated with breathing in toxic mold spores that thrive in this type of moist, rotten environment.
Anyone trying to buy or sell a stucco home in Colorado will tell you that getting an inspection is well worth the money. The sooner you catch the problem, the easier (and cheaper) it will be to repair.