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Home Inspection Checklist

Posted December 12 2016
by PenFed Team
Contractor preparing to inspect a home

A home inspection is like a checkup for one of the biggest investments you'll make. Remember that even new construction needs to be inspected. You can use this helpful list to guide you.

Choose a Qualified Inspector

Consider interviewing your inspector first. Once you've chosen an inspector, prepare any questions you have and plan to attend the inspection. Gather relevant information, including square footage of the house, MLS Data Sheet, year it was built and a copy of the Seller’s Disclosure Statement. You can expect to pay $300-$750 for a general inspection.

Make Sure Your Inspector Checks All of the Following Items:

  • Foundation
    • Look at the walls and the ceilings of each room for cracks or apparent dents in the foundation.
    • Look around the outside walls of the house. Notice if there are any trees encroaching.
  • Lot
    • Assess the drainage system and its location to the house.
  • Roof
  • Exterior
    • Gutters
    • Loose boards
    • Dangling wires
    • Windows
  • Leaks in the attic and interior of the home (usually near windows).
  • Basement
    • Dampness
    • Insufficient insulation
  • Electrical
    • Check all switches.
    • Are the outlets grounded?
    • Is the panel updated and ready for additional appliances?
  • Plumbing
  • Appliances
    • Learn the age and condition of any appliances that come with the house.
  • Heating/Cooling
    • Water heater
    • Furnace
    • Air conditioning units
    • Ducts
    • Fireplace and chimney
    • Lawn irrigation
  • Odors
  • Attic ventilation

Consider optional testing such as:

  • Radon testing
  • Pest inspections
  • Lead paint testing
  • Asbestos testing

After the inspection, consider how much any improvements will cost and negotiate repairs with your seller.