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Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

By January 10, 2020October 23rd, 2020Home Inspection
Home Inspection Checklist for Buyers

If you are looking to ensure your home inspector checks everything with your home, we have built a checklist for you to use alongside your home inspection.

But first, we should understand what a home inspection is.

What Is a Home Inspection?

A home inspection is a limited, non-invasive examination of the home’s components. Basically, a home inspector will look at all the items they can safely get to, evaluate the system for issues, and then recommend specialists if needed.

Take for example an old A/C. If the A/C is working, an inspector might say the unit is functional, but at the end of its useful life.

As another illustration, an inspector might find structural damage and say, evidence of structural damage/movement, recommend further evaluation and repairs by a licensed professional.

Knowing this information, you can use the checklist below to ensure your home inspector evaluates everything about the home and addresses your concerns.

Keep in mind, your Waypoint Inspector will cover all items on this list, but it is good to have as a reminder or a way to take notes for yourself!

Home Inspection Checklist

Structure

  • Are there any signs of structural settlement? (typically this is a concern of aged homes: 1950’s and older)
  • Does the truss system show any signs of alteration, repairs, or damage?
  • Were there any signs of structural repairs, enclosures, or additions?

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Roof

  • What is the estimated life expectancy of the roof? …Be sure to keep in mind when you should start budgeting for a roof replacement.
  • Are there any signs of damage, repairs, or manufacturer defects?
  • Are there any active leaks? If so, is the plywood decayed? (this is the wood your shingles rest on to be secured.)

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Exterior

  • What is the condition of the paint? How long should it last?
  • What is the condition of the electrical equipment? Are all outlets on GFCI protection?
  • What is the condition of the exterior plumbing?
  • Are the windows sealed properly?
  • What are the conditions of the windows?

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Garage

  • Are the garage outlets on GFCI?
  • Does the garage door function?
  • Does the door have sensors and reverse with resistance?
  • Is the garage fire-rated?

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Electrical

  • Do I have any major electrical concerns?
  • Is there any exposed or unsafe wiring?
  • Has the home been updated with GFCI’s and AFCI’s?

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Plumbing

  • Do I have any major plumbing concerns?
  • Do I have cast iron drain lines? – Cast iron drain lines will need to be scoped for condition and replaced at the time, or some point in the future due to deterioration.
  • Do I have any leaks?
  • Do I have polybutylene piping? – Polybutylene has been known to leak at the connections.
  • What is the life expectancy of the water heater?

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HVAC – Air Conditioning

  • What is the life expectancy of the HVAC system?
  • Is the system in good working condition?
  • Are there any recommendations to make to the system, such as, insulation, ductwork repairs, or float switches?

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Attic

  • Is the attic properly insulated?
  • Is there room for storage?
  • Is the ductwork in good condition?

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Interior & Appliances

  • Does the interior of the home have any safety issues?
  • Is there any sign of moisture intrusion?
  • Do all of the appliances function properly?
  • Do the windows operate/seal properly?

Concluding

This checklist should include almost everything your home inspector will evaluate.

Be sure to use the above list and take notes on any of your findings so you can ask questions later. As any person/company working in the Real Estate industry, we want you to feel comfortable with the purchase and ensure all your questions are answered!

If you have questions on any of the above content, leave a comment below or find more information from other articles on our website.

Aaron Shishilla

Author Aaron Shishilla

Aaron Shishilla is the youngest registered professional inspector in Florida. Coming from a family-owned home inspection company and now the marketing manager at Waypoint.

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