Home Inspection Checklist

 Your house hunt is over – you’ve finally found the one you see a future in! Before you pack the moving truck, make sure your soon-to-be-home is up to code. Hire a professional home inspector and make sure they’re checking out these key things:

ON THE EXTERIOR

  • All windows, doors and frames
  • Exterior structures – fences, sheds, decks, driveways, sidewalks, patios, retaining walls
  • Drainage system
  • Landscape, including yard, trees, and walkways – make sure no branches or bushes are touching the house or overhanging the roof
  • Structure of the home – this includes the foundation, stability of structure, and any bowing or sagging
  • Roof – from the shingles to chimneys to the structure and stability of used materials
  • Siding or exterior surface
  • Evidence of past water damage/standing water

IN THE INTERIOR

  • Attic
  • All doors, windows and frames
  • Floors, walls, ceilings and insulation of all rooms
  • Light switches, electrical outlets and general health of electrical system
  • Heating/cooling system
  • Sump-pump and sewage system
  • All major appliances and appliance outlets – think fridge, dishwasher, laundry, etc.
  • Plumbing system – have them take extra time in all bathrooms
  • Any cabinets or fixed features of the home
  • Fireplace
  • Evidence of past water damage
  • Stairways and handrails
  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors

Although any true home inspecting professional will know exactly what to do, keep this list in your back pocket and double check that they’re giving your future home the attention it deserves.

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