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Old 10-06-2016, 01:27 PM
 
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I can't visualize what you're describing but in terms of the ground washing away, can you tell if there has been any erosion to this point? It sounds like it just normal soil on a slope and by concrete or stairs you mean potentially building a retaining wall...? Not sure...

My point is, also think about getting plants in there when you're making your final plans. Plants that root well can hold the soil and help prevent erosion.
I cant tell if there been an erosion at this point. It seems like not. There is no grass or plant covering over there, maybe thats the solution.
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Old 10-06-2016, 01:29 PM
 
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1. Will the inspector be able to call out the condition of the roof or do I have to get another specialized roof inspector? I remember seeing a friends report where the inspector said, the roof looked OK but please have it looked by a specialized roof inspector

2. Will the inspector be able to comment on the slope and possible damage. I am asking because its actually external to the house and not sure if inspection covers it.
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Old 10-06-2016, 03:13 PM
 
Location: Johns Creek, GA
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Questions

1. Will the inspector be able to call out the condition of the roof or do I have to get another specialized roof inspector? I remember seeing a friends report where the inspector said, the roof looked OK but please have it looked by a specialized roof inspector

2. Will the inspector be able to comment on the slope and possible damage. I am asking because its actually external to the house and not sure if inspection covers it.
Yes, the inspector can comment on the roof/roofing material- for that matter he could comment on anything.
The major point being- he's not getting ON THE ROOF to inspect it. He can determine an overall visual assessment, but if he see anything that doesn't look right he should mention in his report to get a "specialist" to further investigate.
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Old 10-06-2016, 03:39 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington State
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That is correct. It is a daylight basement with a walkout to the yard and on piers. Because it is on a slope, there is a crawl space on some part below the basement
Ah! I've never seen this. Does the basement have a concrete floor?

I'm no expert, but I'd want a termite inspection.
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Old 10-06-2016, 06:26 PM
 
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Ah! I've never seen this. Does the basement have a concrete floor?

I'm no expert, but I'd want a termite inspection.
I've never seen it either. Okay, I googled it and, by jove, there are numerous references to the desired sloping surface towards a sump pump. Crazy.

So, OP, a slanted crawl space seems desirable but I haven't spent much time looking over the info. There are pictures, too. Seems that would be one to check off the list.

Seriously, hire your own inspector. I think a good one would go through with a fine tooth comb for a few, well-spent hundred, maybe less.
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:54 PM
 
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Yes. Ask around and get an idea inspector referrals.....you are looking for the most through inspector that you can find.
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Old 10-07-2016, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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Questions

1. Will the inspector be able to call out the condition of the roof or do I have to get another specialized roof inspector? I remember seeing a friends report where the inspector said, the roof looked OK but please have it looked by a specialized roof inspector

2. Will the inspector be able to comment on the slope and possible damage. I am asking because its actually external to the house and not sure if inspection covers it.

We bought a house a few years ago and had a roofing contractor inspect the roof. If you have concerns, this is the way to go.
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