Home inspection basics

How do I choose a home inspector?

Where can I find a home inspector?

I have a home inspector. Now what?

The day of your home inspection

Your home inspection checklist


Proper ventilation, sufficient insulation, no signs of leaking or water damage


Solid foundation, walls and floors; no signs of water damage; sufficient insulation


Working exhaust fan; adequate flow and pressure of fixtures; functioning toilet, sink, bathtub and shower


Straight and level, no stains or cracks

Doors and wood trim

Secure frames and trim pieces; no cracks, rot or decay

Electrical systems

Up-to-code circuit breakers and grounding, working exhaust fans and light fixtures, functional outlets; working smoke detectors

Exterior surfaces

No damage to siding, no loose or damaged stucco, no peeling paint


Solid foundation; functional garage opener; up-to-code electrical system and outlets; no damage to ceiling, framing, walls or floors

HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning)

No furnace or air-conditioning malfunctions, working water heater, no damage to chimney or fireplace


Functional appliances (stove, dishwasher, fridge, microwave, washer and dryer), sufficient insulation


No damaged or leaking pipes; proper hot water temperature; functional sinks, toilets, showers and bathtubs


No damaged or loose shingles, no chimney damage, functional gutters, clear vents


No roof leaks, no cracks in ceilings or walls, secure foundation


No damage, proper alignment, drip caps installed, use of storm windows or thermal glass, caulked frame joints

Yard and landscaping

No septic tank leaks, proper drainage

What happens next

If the home fails inspection

Final walkthrough (optional)

What to bring

What to check

What to get

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