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Home Inspector Worksheet

Though a final assessment can be made by an
inspection service company, this checklist can serve as a reminder of some
things to consider to make wise buying decisions.



  • Check the foundation, floors, walls and poured
    concrete.

  • Make sure there's no evidence of water seepage or
    moisture problems.

  • Minor settling cracks are usually not structurally
    significant.

  • Make sure there's drainage.
  • If necessary, make sure there's a sump pump for
    sanitary and foundation draining.

  • Check to see if the crawl space is dry.
  • Inspection by qualified exterminator is necessary
    for existing and potential problems related to wood rot and termites.

  • Check the condition of flooring, whether plank or
    plywood.

  • Check for solid construction of bridging and
    joists.

  • Check walls, whether drywall or plaster. Make sure
    there are no water marks.

  • Make sure the attic is sufficiently insulated and
    ventilated.

  • Check that the fireplace damper is in working
    order, and flues to the chimney are clear.

  • On heating and air-conditioning systems, check what
    minor periodic maintenance is required, such as oil fan motor, lubricate
    bearings, clean humidifier, replace filters, etc.

  • Check the hot water system -- type and gallon
    capacity. How long has the present unit been in service

  • Check the electricity to make sure that the
    standard house current, number of circuits, outlets and fuses or circuit
    breakers are sufficient for everyday needs, and the condition of wiring is good.


  • class=Arial>Check for good water pressure throughout house and that the
    tie-in to local water supply facilities, etc. are all in working order.

  • Bathroom and kitchen fixtures should be in good
    shape. Make sure the range, refrigerator, dishwater/disposal, laundry
    facilities, etc. are all in working order.

  • Check exterior lot and landscaping. Is it properly
    graded or contoured Are trees and shrubs sufficient for your needs

  • Check that fences, walls, patio and driveway are in
    good condition.

  • Be sure exterior walls are suitable to weather
    conditions. Check doors and windows. Are they easy to open and close (or
    replace) for storm/screen removal or installation

  • Are the roof, gutters and downspouts in good
    condition

  • Is the garage door or opener in good working order
    Is there sufficient electrical and heating access in the garage






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