What kind of problems? What should I look for? What questions should I ask the seller?
If it's a concrete stucco home, you'd want to make sure the foundation was engineered to support the extra weight. If it's artificial stucco, and you love the home, you should require the present owner to replace the stucco and make any repairs at their expense with an appropriate new finish before you purchase the home. You may even request an engineer's report and documentation of repairs, etc. I've seen hardyplank, cedar shingles or brick used to replace artificial stucco. Again, if brick is used, then the foundation may need to be re-engineered to support the weight and width. In North Carolina, it is a requirement that the installation of artificial stucco -- EIFS Stucco -- be disclosed as part of the purchase process. Hope this helps. If you have other questions about EIFS, let me know.
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