Home inspection basics

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The day of your home inspection


Your home inspection checklist

Attic

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

Basement

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

Bathrooms

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

Ceilings

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

Garage

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

Kitchen/appliances

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

Plumbing

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

Roof

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

Structure

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

Windows

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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