The lower course of bricks on a brick veneer wall should always contain weep holes. These holes should not be sealed off as they allow moisture to drain from the backside of the wall. Plugging them can result in costly damage.
Something inspectors often see on properties we inspect is improper grading. It is common to see inadequate slope away from the foundation or the grade actually sloping toward the foundation. This can cause moisture problems. It is important to ensure that a lot is properly landscaped to ensure water is draining away from the house in order to help keep your basement dry.