Home Inspection Checklist

You have home inspection ordered.

So, what are they going to check out? Better yet, you should ask what they won’t/don’t inspect and will that be a worry for you? If they specifically don’t check for Radon and you want to have your home checked out for Radon, you will want to find an inspector who does check Radon.

So, what are they going to check out? If they specifically don’t check for Radon and you want to have your home checked out for Radon, you will want to find an inspector who does check Radon.

Your home inspection will not cover septic or well inspections. Those are other inspections overseen by the county and another future blog article.

So, what should I expect them to inspect during the whole house inspection?

Here is a checklist according to the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors:

General Home Inspection Checklist Items

Structural Elements.

Construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation.

  • Exterior Evaluation.
    Wall covering, landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights and exterior receptacles.
  • Roof and Attic.
    Framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing and gutters. It does not include a guarantee of roof condition nor a roof certification.
  • Plumbing.
    Identification of pipe materials used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes. including condition. Toilets, showers, sinks, faucets and traps. It does not include a sewer inspection.
  • Systems and Components.
    Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct work, chimney, fireplace and sprinklers.
  • Electrical.
    Main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures.
  • Appliances.
    Dishwasher, range and oven, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal and, yes, even smoke detectors.
  • Garage.
    Slab, walls, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door, openers, lights, receptacles, exterior, windows and roof.

Home Inspection Checklist Items Needing Service

Home inspection reports do not describe the condition of every component if it’s in excellent shape, but should note every item that is defective or needing service.

The serious problems are:

  • Health and safety issues
  • Roofs with a short life expectancy
  • Furnace / A/C malfunctions
  • Foundation deficiencies
  • Moisture / drainage issues

Next week – Once the home inspection has been performed, then what happens?