Home Inspection Checklist

Review this list of common home inspection items to ensure your dream home meets your standards.

Woman talking with home inspector.

So, you’ve finally found a home that’s just right for you, and you’ve made an offer. Congrats! But even if your soon-to-be new home looked perfect when you made your offer, you’ll want to schedule a home inspection.

This crucial step is usually done after your offer has been accepted and before you close. That way, if any problems with the home are identified, you can consider your options—accept the problem, ask the seller to make repairs or give you a discount, or (in extreme situations) walk away from the purchase.

A licensed home inspector will give your potential abode a thorough once-over, and it’s a good idea for you to attend the inspection. The inspector can explain their findings as you go along, and you can assess for yourself how serious any issues are.

What should you be on the look out for? Be sure to review the following during your inspection.

Exterior

  • Roof – check for missing shingles and signs of leaks
  • Gutters and siding – note condition and any clogged gutters, broken flashing or chipped paint
  • Foundation – look for visible cracks and note trees near the foundation
  • Pavement – check the condition of the driveway and walkways
  • Yard – see if the lawn slopes away from the house and look for soggy areas
  • Garage – check the condition of the slab, lights and garage door and openers

Interior

  • Appliances – confirm the age and condition of any included appliances
  • Plumbing – check for leaks and water pressure
  • Structure – check for cracks in the walls, water stains and fire damage, as well as sticking doors and windows
  • Systems – confirm the condition of heating and air conditioning, the water heater and the kitchen exhaust fan
  • Electric – make sure all switches and outlets work and are properly grounded
  • Basement – look for dampness, leaks and signs of previous flooding

For a high-level look at home inspections so you’ll be well-informed in advance, check out our home inspection FAQs. Knowledge is power!

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