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Sample Home Inspection Checklist:

Please note: The following home inspection checklist is only a brief sample summary and should not be used in place of obtaining professional home inspection services. An actual home inspection checklist will be more thorough and will vary from one home inspection company to another depending on different circumstances such as location, age of house, etc..

A typical home inspection will last from 1 1/2 to 3 hours. During this time your home the outside, inside and components of your home will be inspected. Below is a sample of what will be inspected once your home inspector arrives.:

Home Exterior Inspection:

  • Structure and Foundation

  • Roof

  • Gutters

  • Down Spouts

  • Exterior Walls (Brick, Siding, Paint, Etc)

  • Exterior Doors

  • Exterior Windows & Screens

  • Porches

  • Decks

  • Stoops & Railings

  • Balconies

  • Garage (Doors, Walls, Floor)

  • Driveway

  • Lot (Ground Slope Away From Foundation, Walkways, etc)

  • Chimney

  • Swimming Pool

  • Outside Lighting

  • Sprinkler System

Home Interior Inspection:

  • Plumbing

  • Heating Systems

  • Cooling Systems

  • Electric

  • Windows

  • Doors

  • Floors

  • Ceilings

  • Ceiling Fixtures

  • Closets

  • Walls (Structure, Paint, etc.)

  • Kitchen (Cabinets, Sink, Counters, Faucets, Etc.)

  • Bathrooms (Cabinets, Toilet, Sink, Tub or Shower, Counters, Faucets, Tile, etc.) 

  • Appliances

  • Ventilation

  • Basement (Foundation, Walls, Structure Evidence of Leaks, Etc.)

  • Attic (Insulation, Roof Structure, Ventilation, Etc)

  • Smoke, CO2, Detectors

  • Fireplace(s)

* Each of the above items will typically be inspected in depth.
For example inspection of the foundation may include checking for cracks, sinking, and possible leaks. Inspection of an attic will cover things such as ventilation, signs of dampness or leaks, mold, signs of pests and more. Upon completion of the home inspection process you will receive a home inspection report which is a detailed summary of all components, which you and your home inspector can go over. 

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