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A typical home inspector checklist

Inspectors run down a checklist of potential problems. While we won't list all 1,600, here's the boiled-down version:

  • Grounds: Home inspectors are looking for current or future water issues such as standing puddles and faulty grading or downspouts. They check out landscaping to see if trees and shrubs are in good condition (an arborist will give you a more detailed assessment); and evaluate pathways, retaining walls, sheds, and railings.
  • Structure: Is the house foundation solid? Are the sides straight? Are the window and door frames square? This part of the inspection is particularly important when you’re considering buying an older home.
  • Roof: The inspector’s looking for defects in shingles, flashing, and fascia, all of which can cause ceiling drips; loose gutters; and defects in chimneys and skylights.
  • Exterior: The home inspector will look for siding cracks, rot, or decay; cracking or flaking masonry; cracks in stucco; dents or bowing in vinyl; blistering or flaking paint; and adequate clearing between siding and earth, which should be a minimum of 6 inches to avoid damage from moisture (although dirt can be in contact with the cement foundation).
  • Window, doors, trim: If you want to keep heat in, cold out, and energy bills low, windows and doors must be in good working condition. The inspector will see if frames are secure and without rot, caulking is solid and secure, and glass is undamaged.
  • Interior rooms: Inspectors are concerned about leaning walls that indicate faulty framing; stained ceilings that could point to water problems;  and insufficient heating vents that could make a room cold and drafty.
  • Kitchen: Inspectors make sure range hood fans vent to the outside; ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protection exists for electrical outlets within 6 feet of the sink; no leaks occur under the sink; and cabinet doors and drawers operate properly.
  • Bathrooms: Inspectors want to see toilets flushing, drains draining, showers spraying, and tubs securely fastened.
  • Plumbing: Inspectors are evaluating pipes, drains, water heaters, and water pressure and temperature.
  • Electrical: Inspectors will check if the visible wiring and electrical panels are in good shape, light switches work correctly, and there are enough outlets in each room.

How you can help the inspector

Bring any and all concerns about the property to your inspector before he begins, so he'll keep a sharp lookout for possible problems. If the seller has disclosed damages, give your inspector a heads up about that, too.

Another smart move is to accompany the home inspector during his rounds. It’s in your best interest to understand the home, its systems, and potential problems. For instance, an inspector can introduce you to electrical panels and shut-off water valves (which the seller may not know how to operate or forget to show you), and if he spots a problem, he can show you exactly how a system is malfunctioning and what it means. And this info will serve you well not only before you buy, but afterward as well.


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Find out if you have recalled appliances and how to get them repaired or replaced FREE………..Recall Check is FREE with your home inspection.

Recall Check is the first of its kind, fully audited database and reporting facility dedicated to finding manufacturer recalls on household products including appliances, HVAC equipment, and water heaters.

Here’s how it works: While conducting the home inspection, the inspector will gather the make and model information of the appliances, HVAC equipment, and water heaters. Within two business days a report will be emailed to you containing the following information:

•    Any and all potential recalls from our database of about 195 million recalled appliances, safety notices, and how to confirm if the appliance in the home is affected.

  The nature of the recall, and all known occurrences of injury or property damage.

 How to get it fixed & or replaced free of charge by the manufacturer along with the manufacturers contact information and hours of operation.

The database goes all the way back to 1974 and covers manufacturer’s recall information for any report that has been filed with the federal government prior to the date of the inspection.


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Structural elements: Construction of visible foundation, evidence of sagging or bowing of the structure.
Safety: Operating fire and carbon monoxide alarms, condition of stairs, hand and guardrails, and garage door openers.
Roof: Condition of shingles, any repairs/patches to flat roofs, clear vents, damage to chimneys, and properly working gutters.
Exterior surfaces: Correct clearance between ground and siding material, condition of exterior paint or siding, and properly working lights and electrical outlets.
Attic: Sufficient insulation, proper ventilation, and any sign of leaking or water damage.
Interior plumbing: No damaged or leaking pipes, proper hot water temperature, as well as functioning toilets, sinks, bathtubs, and showers.
Electrical system: Condition and type of visible wiring, and proper function of circuit breakers, outlets, light fixtures, and fans.
Appliances: Proper function of stove, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, washer and dryer, and all other appliances.
Heating and cooling systems: Condition of furnace, air conditioning (temperature permitting), water heater, chimney, and fireplace.
Basement: Solid foundation, walls, and floors, with no signs of water intrusion or damage.
Garage: Solid foundation, windows, ceiling, framing, and roof; working garage door opener.

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