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Home Inspection Checklist

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A home inspection is part of the many processes a buyer has to undertake before purchasing a house. This is usually carried out by a Certified Home Inspection Professional. As a homeowner or a realtor, you can (and should) outsource this task to professional inspectors. However, you could also take a preliminary look through the home and check out its condition yourself.


Key things to be on the lookout for

According to the American Society of Home Inspectors, (ASHI), key things include the state of the –

  • HVAC system
  • Roof
  • Attic
  • Basement
  • Plumbing and electrical systems
  • Ceilings
  • Walls
  • Floors
  • Windows and doors, as well as other structural components.

This type of inspection doesn't involve cosmetic points. For instance, water stains on the wall that imply a plumbing issue is a big red flag. However, peeling paint is not considered much of an issue.

Before putting up your home for sale, you must ensure it's in good order. This not only increases retail value but also ensures you receive fair compensation.

The duration of a home inspection depends on the size of the house, how thorough the inspector is, and the number of issues discovered. To hasten this process, do an inspection beforehand and try to get as many things as possible in order.

On that note, ensure there’s flowing water, repair any broken windows or doors and parts of the HVAC system. Fix just about anything that could be regarded as a serious problem for the buyer.

Here is a home inspection checklist to guide you –

Exterior surfaces
  • Check the drainage and gutters.
  • Ensure the outside doors and windows are strong and have no broken glass.
  • The driveways, patio, and backyard should be in good condition.
  • If there's a crawl space, there should be no water or insect damage.

Home Interior
  • The floors, walls, and ceiling should be intact and level with no sign of damage.
  • Bathroom and toilet plumbing and drainage should be intact and not blocked.
  • Handrails and staircases should be solid, to code, and in good condition.
  • All outlets and light bulbs should be fully functional.
  • Interior doors and windows should operate easily and have no visible damage.
  • The basement should be cleaned out.

Plumbing
  • Both the visible pipes and drain pipes should show no signs of damage such as leaks or stains on the wall.
  • The following fixtures related to plumbing should be intact – water heater, faucets, sewage ejector, drain, and waste systems.

Electrical system
  • Cables and other wirings should be secured.
  • No exposed wiring and no aluminum wiring.
  • Proper Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI) protection.

HVAC
  • Check the air filters.
  • No rust in the system.
  • No gas leaks.
  • All components must be working.
  • There should be adequate space between the HVAC unit and the wall.

Roof and Attic
  • No loose or damaged shingles.
  • No water damage in the attic.
  • No leaks in the roof or ceiling.

This might seem like a lot. Granted, it is a little bit more than an ordinary once-over of the house. However, ensuring the majority of these are taken care of will ensure a successful home inspection and possible sale.

No home is perfect. There's every chance you could find several issues in your home. Reach out to Home Fix-It Divas for expert services in fixing these issues.