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Home Inspection Checklist



Hidden Home Defects to Watch For

No home is flawless. Inspectors are bound to find a long list of minor deficiencies, but certain physical problems can be very expensive to correct and deserve a good hard look. Use this checklist:

Inspection Checklist

bulletExterior Brick: Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks
bulletSiding: Look for dents or buckling foundations: Look for cracks or water seepage
bulletInsulation: Look for condition, adequate R-rating for climate
bulletDoors and Windows: Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weather-stripping
bulletRoof: Look for age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts
bulletCeilings, walls, and moldings: Look for loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away
bulletPorch/Deck: Loose railings or step, rot
bulletElectrical: Look for condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room
bulletPlumbing: Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation
bulletWater Heater: Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating
bulletFurnace/Air Conditioning: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs. However, other factors such as payback period and other operating costs, such as electricity to operate motors.
bulletGarage: Look for exterior in good repair; condition of floor—cracks, stains, etc.; condition of door mechanism
bulletBasement: Look for water leakage, musty smell
bulletAttic: Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof
bulletSeptic Tanks (if applicable): Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family
bulletDriveways/Sidewalks: Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains


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