Home Inspector Checklist
Some of the things we look for during a home inspection include:
– Make sure ridge is straight and level (peak) or showing a sag
– Rafters or trusses
– Deterioration of asphalt shingles, such as curling, warping, broken edges, holes
– Flashing at the chimney
– Masonry caps
– Missing mortar
– Chimney straight not tilted
SOFFITS AND FASCIA
– Wood, aluminum or plastic soffit and fascia
– Loose or missing sections
– Paint issues
GUTTERS AND DOWNSPOUTS
– Slopes of gutters and downspouts
– Peeling paint and rust
– Leaks and loose sections
– Downspouts extend outward
– Look for missing mortar
– Cracking and flaking bricks
– Loose, missing or rotten siding, deteriorated paint.
– Siding over the foundation
– Exterior walls bowed, bulged or leaning
WINDOWS AND DOORS
– Look for problems with paint or caulking, and rotted wood components.
– Window age and condition
PORCHES AND DECKS
– Cracking or flaking masonry
– Check for paint problems, rotted wood, and wood-earth contact.
– Separation from house
– Underneath and crawl areas
– Check for cracks, flaking or damaged masonry.
– Note any water markings and efflorescence (whitish, chalky substance)
– Any bowing, bulging or other irregularities
– Soft mortar
PEST & INSECTS
– Termite damage
– Wood conditions and rotting
– Rodent holes and harboring/nest areas
– Potential for insect infestation
– Grade slope and direction
– Any settled/low areas next to the foundation, or cracked walks/driveway
– Relative level to rest of neighborhood
– Note any evidence of water penetration (stains, mildew/odors, efflorescence, loose tiles etc.)
– Check for deteriorated coverings or cracked ceramics.
– Water damage and staining
– Sloping and sagging
– Randomly sample to check that the windows and doors work.
– Walls aligned straight and erect
– Look for cracked or loose plaster.
– Look for stains, physical damage or previous repair evidence.
– Drywall seams and exposed nails
– Check for cracks in the plaster or loose, sagging plaster.
– Look for stains, mechanical damage or evidence of previous repair.
– Seams or nails showing?
BATHROOMS AND KITCHENS
– Check that all fixtures are secure.
– Cracks in fixtures
– Tiles and caulking in the tub/shower area.
– Faucet leaks and water pressure
– Look for staining and rot under the counter-tops
– Randomly sample the operation of the cabinet doors and drawers.
– Type, style and age of heating & cooling systems, condition of wiring and grounded circuits
– Type of water supply piping and drains – visible rust and corrosion
– Size and age of electrical service
– Recent upgrade changes
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