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Home Inspection Checklist
While hiring a professional home inspector is recommended (and often required by law) before buying or
selling a home, you can conduct a basic walkthrough yourself using this handy home inspection checklist.
The following questions highlight common issues found by professional home inspectors and will help
guide you as you analyze the overall condition of your home.
INTERIOR
Attic
Bathrooms
Overall Condition
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Are there signs of leaking and water damage?
• Flush the toilet. Does it run properly?
• Does the attic feel damp or poorly ventilated?
• Run the faucets, bathtub and/or shower. Is the water pressure
• Is the attic easily accessible? Are pull-down stairs and latches
adequate? Do fixtures work properly? Is there leaking? Are
in good repair?
there signs of drain clogging?
• Is there working ventilation in the bathroom (such as a fan)?
Notes
• Are there signs of mold?
• Are the floors stained or warped? Are there any loose tiles?
• Step firmly around the toilet, sink and tub/shower. Does the
floor feel soft in any areas?
• Are there signs of damage or cracking anywhere inside
the tub/shower?
• Is the caulking surrounding the tub/shower in good repair?
Notes
Basement & Water Heater
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Are there signs of water damage, pooling or leaks?
• Examine the water heater and note the make and model.
Ceilings, Walls & Floors
Is the off switch easily accessible?
• If gas-only, is it vented? Is the water capacity sufficient for
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
household needs? Is it functioning properly?
• Are there signs of rotting or termite damage on
• Are floors level or is there sloping and warping?
exposed beams?
• Are there cracks or areas where drywall is pulling away on
• Does the basement smell musty?
the walls? Note which rooms.
Notes
• Do any ceilings, walls or floors have water spots or
weak areas?
• Are electrical outlets and switches on the walls in good
condition?
Notes
Home Inspection Checklist
While hiring a professional home inspector is recommended (and often required by law) before buying or
selling a home, you can conduct a basic walkthrough yourself using this handy home inspection checklist.
The following questions highlight common issues found by professional home inspectors and will help
guide you as you analyze the overall condition of your home.
INTERIOR
Attic
Bathrooms
Overall Condition
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Are there signs of leaking and water damage?
• Flush the toilet. Does it run properly?
• Does the attic feel damp or poorly ventilated?
• Run the faucets, bathtub and/or shower. Is the water pressure
• Is the attic easily accessible? Are pull-down stairs and latches
adequate? Do fixtures work properly? Is there leaking? Are
in good repair?
there signs of drain clogging?
• Is there working ventilation in the bathroom (such as a fan)?
Notes
• Are there signs of mold?
• Are the floors stained or warped? Are there any loose tiles?
• Step firmly around the toilet, sink and tub/shower. Does the
floor feel soft in any areas?
• Are there signs of damage or cracking anywhere inside
the tub/shower?
• Is the caulking surrounding the tub/shower in good repair?
Notes
Basement & Water Heater
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Are there signs of water damage, pooling or leaks?
• Examine the water heater and note the make and model.
Ceilings, Walls & Floors
Is the off switch easily accessible?
• If gas-only, is it vented? Is the water capacity sufficient for
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
household needs? Is it functioning properly?
• Are there signs of rotting or termite damage on
• Are floors level or is there sloping and warping?
exposed beams?
• Are there cracks or areas where drywall is pulling away on
• Does the basement smell musty?
the walls? Note which rooms.
Notes
• Do any ceilings, walls or floors have water spots or
weak areas?
• Are electrical outlets and switches on the walls in good
condition?
Notes
Doors and Windows
Garage
Overall Condition
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Do doorknobs and latches open and close properly?
• Are there any functionality issues with the garage door?
• Do windows open and shut properly?
• (For garages attached to the home) Are there signs of
• Are there signs of leaking, mold or mildew on windowsills?
uneven settling? Is it pulling away from the house?
• Is paint peeling around windows or doors?
• Are there stains and/or cracks in the floor?
• How old are windows?
Notes
• Is the caulking in good condition?
• Is glass cracked?
• Are walls straight and erect, both vertically and horizontally?
Notes
Kitchen
Electrical, Heating & Cooling Systems
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Do faucets leak?
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Is ventilation over the stove or other major appliances
present and in working condition?
• Note make and model of electrical, heating and cooling
• Look under the sink. Are there signs of leakage? Are pipes in
systems, and look them up with the manufacturer. What are
good repair?
the life expectancies and maintenance timeframes for each?
• What is the condition of cabinets? Are they attached securely
• Is the fuse box easily accessible and free of rust and
to walls?
other damage?
• Are cabinet doors in working condition?
• Note the number of outlets in each room. Is this sufficient
for household needs?
Notes
Notes
Fireplaces
Stairs
Overall Condition
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Are there handrails on all staircases?
• What is the condition of the mortar? Is it crumbling or loose?
• Are there any signs of rot or damage?
• Is there creosote (a black, oily residue) buildup in the firebox
or chimney flues?
Notes
• Is there any smoke staining?
Notes
EXTERIOR
Driveway & Walkways
Porches, Decks & Balconies
Overall Condition
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Are there large cracks or crumbling?
• Is the foundation for the deck in good condition?
• Are there uneven areas?
• Are railings secure and sturdy?
• Are there visible stains?
• Are there signs of termite damage or rotting?
• Are major entryways to the home easily accessible by
• Are supporting beams for balconies showing signs of
walkways?
damage and rot?
• Does the driveway slope away from the home? If not, is there
• Are balconies sloped away from the home exterior? (This is
a water drain?
important for proper water drainage.)
Notes
Notes
Roof
Gutters & Drainage Systems
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Is the peak of the roof straight and level?
• Are the shingles showing signs of damage such as breaking,
• Is there pooled water in the yard or around the home’s
buckling or curling? Are any missing?
foundation?
• Do you see any signs of water pooling?
• Are rain gutters clear of debris?
• Are chimneys straight and erect? Or is there leaning?
• Are gutters firmly attached to the roof and the side of the
• Is sealing around skylights and chimneys showing signs of wear?
house, or are there sagging and detached sections?
• Is there a rain cap on the chimney?
• Are downspouts extended away from the foundation?
• How old is the roof?
Notes
Notes
Siding
Lot, Landscaping & Foundation
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
Overall Condition
GOOD
AVERAGE
NEEDS REPAIR
• Are there signs of termite damage or rotting wood?
• Are there dents or other signs of wear in aluminum siding?
• What is the grade or slope of the land lot? (Downgrades can
• Are there signs of damage to bricks and mortar?
cause flooding.)
• Walk around the entire home. Are tree roots disrupting the
Notes
foundation in any places?
• Are tree limbs interfering with cable or power lines?
• Are sprinklers and irrigation systems in working condition?
• Are grass and other landscaping elements overgrown?
• Is there moisture, crumbling or cracking along the foundation?
Notes
This is not a replacement for a professional home inspection. Additionally, a
specialist is needed to inspect for radon, asbestos, lead paint, pest/rodent
infestations, toxic mold, water quality and electromagnetic exposure levels, as
these areas are not covered by a typical home inspector.
Resources:
Closing.com
&
American Home Inspector Directory
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