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Total Home Inspection Checklist

 

Use a checklist like this to make sure that you are looking at all parts of the house. 

Check off those items that are in good condition and make notes about those that are not. (Note that this list describes an ideal house, but in our experience no house is perfect – not even brand new ones!!)

 

Please Note:

This checklist should not be relied upon as a home inspection report, nor should it be considered a substitute for a home inspection. This list is representative, but NOT exhaustive. If you require a home inspection, contact Total Home Inspection or another qualified, educated, licensed, experienced ASHI certified home inspector in your area.

 

 

 

 

Grounds

 

____ Proper grading drainage away from house

 

____ No evidence of standing water

 

____ No leaks from septic tank or leech field

 

____ Yard, landscaping, trees and walkways in good condition

 

____ No branches or bushes touching house or overhanging the roof

 

____ Exterior structures (fences, sheds, decks, retaining walls, detached garages) in good condition, no evidence of termite damage or rotted wood

 

____ Railings on stairs and decks are adequate and secure

 

____ Driveways, sidewalks, patios, entrance landings in good condition, and pitched away from structure

 

____ Downspout drainage directed away from structure

 

 

 

 

Structure

 

____ Ridge and fascia board lines appear straight and level

 

____ Sides of house appear straight, not bowed or sagging

 

____ Window and doorframes appear square (especially bowed windows)

 

____ Visible foundation in good condition - appears straight, plumb, with no significant cracks

 

 

 

 

Exterior Surfaces

 

____ Adequate clearance between ground and wood siding materials (6" minimum); no wood-to-earth contact

 

____ Siding: no cracking, curling, loose, rot or decay

 

____ Masonry veneers: no cracks in joints, no broken, spalling or flaking components

 

____ Stucco: no large cracks (discuss all stucco cracks with a professional inspector)

 

____ Vinyl or aluminum siding: no dents, damage, no bowing or loose siding

 

____ No vines on surface of structure

 

____ Exterior paint or stain: no flaking or blisters

 

____ No stains on exterior surfaces

 

 

 

 

Windows, Doors and Wood Trim

 

____ Wood frames and trim pieces are secure, no cracks, rot or decay

 

____ Joints around frames are caulked

 

____ No broken glass (window or storm panes) or damaged screens, no broken doublepaned, insulated window seals.

 

____ Muntin and mullion glazing compound in good condition

 

____ Storm windows or thermal glass used

 

____ Drip caps installed over windows

 

 

 

 

Roof

 

____ Composition shingles: no curling, no cupping, no loss of granulation particulate, no broken, damaged or missing shingles, no more than two layers of roofing

 

____ Wood shingles or shakes: no mold, rot or decay, no cracked/broken/missing shingles, no curling

 

____ Flat roofs: no obvious patches, no cracks or splits, minimal blisters/"alligatoring" and wrinkles, no silt deposits (indicates improper drainage), sealed tar at flashings

 

____ Flashing around roof penetrations

 

____ No evidence of excess roofing cement/tar/caulk

 

____ Soffits and fascia: no decay, no stains

 

____ Exterior venting for eave areas: vents are clean and not painted over

 

____ Gutters: no decay or rust, joints sealed, attached securely to structure, no bending or sagging, no sections of gutter or downspout missing, gutters clean, no mud deposits

 

____ Chimneys: straight, properly flashed, no evidence of damaged bricks or cracked joints, mortar/cement cap in good condition

 

 

 

 

AttIc

 

____ No stains on underside of roofing, especially around roof penetrations

 

____ No evidence of decay or damage to structure

 

____ Sufficient insulation and properly installed insulation (moisture barrier installed closest to the heated area of the house)

 

____ Adequate ventilation, clear path into attic for air entering through soffit vents, adequately sized gable end louvers, all mechanical ventilation operational

 

____ No plumbing, exhaust or appliance vents terminating in attic

 

____ No open electrical splices

 

 

 

 

Interior Rooms

 

____ Floors, walls and ceilings appear straight and plumb and level

 

____ No stains on floors, walls or ceilings

 

____ Flooring materials in good condition

 

____ No significant cracks in walls or ceilings

 

____ Windows and exterior doors operate easily and latch properly, no broken glass, no sashes painted shut, no decay; windows and doors have weather-stripping, "weep holes" installed

 

____ Interior doors operate easily and latch properly, no damage or decay, no broken hardware

 

____ Paint, wall covering, and paneling in good condition

 

____ Wood trim installed well and in good condition

 

____ Lights and switches operate properly

 

____ Adequate number of three pronged electrical outlets in each room

 

____ Electrical outlets test properly (spot check)

 

____ Heating/cooling source in each habitable room

 

____ Evidence of adequate insulation in walls

 

____ Fireplace: no cracking or damaged masonry, no evidence of back-drafting (staining on fireplace façade), damper operates properly, flue has been cleaned, flue is lined

 

 

 

 

Kitchen

 

____ Working exhaust fan that is vented to the exterior of the building

 

____ Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter ("GFCI") protection for electrical outlets within 6 feet of the sink(s)

 

____ Dishwasher: drains properly, no leaks, baskets, door spring operates properly

____ No leaks in pipes under sinks

 

____ Floor in cabinet under sink solid, no stains or decay

 

____ Water flow in sink adequate

 

____ No excessive rust or deterioration on garbage disposal or waste pipes

 

____ Built-in appliances operate properly

 

____ Cabinets in good condition: doors and drawers operate properly

 

 

 

 

Bathrooms

 

____ Working exhaust fan that doesn't terminate in the attic space

 

____ Adequate flow and pressure at all fixtures

 

____ Sink, tub and shower drain properly

 

____ Plumbing and cabinet floor under sink in good condition

 

____ If sink is metal, it shows no signs of rust, overflow drain doesn't leak

 

____ Toilet operates properly

 

____ Toilet stable, no rocking, no stains around base

 

____ Caulking in good condition inside and outside of the tub and shower area

 

____ Tub or shower tiles secure, wall surface solid

 

____ No stains or evidence of past leaking around base of bath or shower

 

 

 

 

Miscellaneous

 

____ Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where required by local ordinances

 

____ Stairway treads and risers solid

 

____ Stair handrails where needed and in good condition

____ Automatic garage door opener operates properly, stops properly for obstacles

 

 

 

 

Basement or Mechanical Room

 

____ No evidence of moisture

 

____ Exposed foundation; no stains no major cracks, no flaking, no efflorescence

 

____ Visible structural wood: no sagging, no damage, no decay, no stains, no damage from insects, sills attached to foundation with anchor bolts

 

____ Insulation at rim/band joists 

 

 

 

 

Crawl Space

 

____ Adequately vented to exterior

 

____ Insulation on exposed water supply, waste and vent pipes

 

____ Insulation between crawl space and heated areas, installed with vapor barrier towards heated area

 

____ No evidence of insect damage

 

____ No evidence of moisture damage

 

 

 

 

Plumbing

 

____ Visible pipes: no damage, no evidence of leaks, no signs of stains on materials near pipes; drain pipes slope slightly down towards outlet to septic/sewage system

 

____ Water heater: no signs of rust, vented properly, sized to produce adequate quantities of hot water for the number of bedrooms in the house. 

 

____ Water pump: does not short cycle

 

____ Galvanized pipes do not restrict water flow

 

____ Well water test is acceptable

____  Hot water temperature between 118 - 125 degrees Fahrenheit

 

 

 

 

Electrical

 

____ Visible wiring: in good condition, no "knob-and-tube" wiring, no exposed splices, cables secured and protected

 

____ Service panel: adequate capacity, all cables attached to panel with cable connectors; fuses or breakers are not overheating

 

____ No aluminum cable for branch circuits

 

 

 

 

Heating/Cooling System

 

____ Appears to operate well throughout  (good air flow on forced hot air systems)

 

____ Flues: no open seams, slopes up to chimney connection

 

____ No rust around cooling unit

 

____ No combustion gas odor

 

____ Air filter(s) clean

 

____ Ductwork in good condition

 

____ No asbestos on heating pipes, water pipes or air ducts

 

____ Separate flues for gas/oil/propane and wood/coal