Historically the stucco industry has received a very big black eye because of system failures and water intrusion. Sellers often avoid having the stucco inspected because they simply don’t want to know and have to disclose those items or, they have some idea of problems but don’t want them confirmed by an inspection. So be sure to ask if they have had the stucco inspected, when it was done, and if you can have access to the report.
If the sellers say that they have had the stucco inspected ask them if they have had any repairs or gotten any estimates for repairs. The rules for disclosure are very strong, and have equally strong consequences for people that violate them. A house that appears beautiful could and sometimes does have major problems below the surface. Any competent buyers’ agent will call for an inspection of the home by a stucco inspection firm. That being said, the best approach to any issues is the proactive approach.
Examples of issues with stucco
If there is no inspection report, it seems outdated, or the proposed repairs don’t address the entire report, we recommend you get a new report!