Searching for a new home can be exciting, but sometimes exhausting and / or frustrating. When you finally find the one you feel is perfect for you and your family, it’s all worthwhile. The key to actually finding the perfect home is to be informed, and to be proactive. While you might be completely satisfied with the layout, location, size, look and feel of the home, your greatest concern should be the health of the home.
Purchasing a home is probably the biggest investment you’ll make in your life. If the home you’re about to sign on is hiding some growing or severe problems, the financial implications could be disastrous. Your home searching will turn up some definite and easy “No’s,” then you’ll come across a few “Maybes” and finally “The one.” When you find a “Maybe” or “the one,” using the following checklist could protect you from a bad investment. It’s not meant to replace an inspection by a licensed, certified home inspector, but it could save you tremendous time and disappointment, and hopefully lead you to the warm and cozy home you and your family deserve.
 

HealthyHomeUSA.com Home Inspection Checklist 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

Address _ Asking Price Taxes _____
Bid Price (My Offer) Lot Size _ School District _________
Year Built House Style _________ No. of Bedrooms _________________
No. of Bathrooms Sq. Ft. __ Amenities ________________________
Does the home have Injector2® piping? Yes ___ No ___
Real Estate Agent’s Name _ Real Estate Agent’s Phone _____
Date ________ Comments ___________________________________________
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EXTERIOR

Land Grading
Satisfactory___ Low Spots____ Needs Regrading ____
Landscaping
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Privacy
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Driveway
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Walkways
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Garage
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Attached ___ Detached ____ No. Cars _____
Decks
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Porches
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Retaining Walls
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Roof (Condition)
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Sags ____
Roof (Type)
Asphalt Shingles ____ Slate ____ Tile ____ Cedar ____ Other ____
Roof Leaders & Gutters
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Chimney
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Not Plumb ____
Exterior Façades (Type)
Wood Siding ____ Aluminum Siding ____ Vinyl Siding ____
Stucco ____ Stone ____ Brick ____ Wood Shingles ____
Asbestos Cement Shingles ____
Exterior Façades (Condition)
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Bulges ____
Exterior Trim
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Windows (Type)
Single Glazed ____ Double Glazed ____
Windows (Condition)
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Exterior Doors
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Comments
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INTERIOR

Ceilings (Type)
Sheet Rock ____ Plaster ____ Paneling ____ Acoustic Tiles ____ Tin ____
Ceilings (Condition)
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Evidence of Water Damage ____
Cracks ____ Peeling ____ Paint ____ Needs Repainting ____
Evidence of Water Damage ____
Walls (Type)
Sheet Rock ____ Plaster ____ Paneling ____ Wallpaper ____
Walls (Condition)
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Peeling Paint ____
Cracks ____ Peeling ____ Paint ____ Needs Repainting ____
Needs Removal of Paneling ____ Needs Removal of Wallpaper ____
Evidence of Water Damage ____
Floors (Type)
Hardwood ____ Ceramic ____ Tile ____ Marble ____
Tile ____ Vinyl ____ Carpet ____ Slate ____ Other ____
Floors (Condition)
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Squeaks ____ Not Level ____
Closets
Adequate ____ Inadequate ____
Window Treatments
Included ____ Not Included ____ Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Built-In Furniture
Included ____ Not Included ____ Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Ceiling Fixtures
Included ____ Not Included ____ Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Doors
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Source of Heat in Each Room
Yes ____ No ____
Source of Air-Conditioning in Each Room
Yes ____ No ____
Comments
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KITCHEN

General Condition
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Needs Remodeling ____
Appliances
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Exclusions _________________
Cabinets & Counters
Adequate ____ Inadequate ____ Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Pantry Space
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Eat In Kitchen ____
Comments
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BATHROOMS

Number
Full ____ Half ____
Condition
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Remodel ____
Fixtures
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Cabinets
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Jacuzzi ____
Steam Shower ____
Fiberglass Enclosures
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Comments
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LAUNDRY

Condition
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Exclusions _________________
Comments
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ATTIC

Type
Walk Up ____ Access Via Hatch ____ Room for Storage ____
Insulation
Adequate ____ Inadequate ____
Ventilation
Adequate ____ Inadequate ____
Evidence of past Water Intrusion
No ____ Yes ____ (Location) ____________
Roof Structure
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Cracked Structure ____ Sags ____
Comments
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BASEMENT

Type
Full ____ Partial ____ Crawl ____ Room for Storage ____
Foundation Walls
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Cracks ____ Bulges ____
Basement Structure
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Cracked Structure ____
Evidence of past Water Intrusion
No ____ Yes ____ (Location)
Sump Pump ____ Dehumidifier ____
Comments
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ELECTRICAL SYSTEM

Service to House
Overhead ____ Underground ____
Amperage
30 ____ 60 ____ 100 ____ 125 ____ 150 ____ 200 ____
Voltage
110 ____ 110/220 ____
Service Panel
Circuit Breakers ____ Fuses ____
Electrical Outlets
Adequate ____ Inadequate ____
Lighting
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Exclusions ________________
Comments
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PLUMBING SYSTEM
Source of Water
Municipal ____ Community ____ Private Well ____
Private Well Pump, Pressure Tank
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Water Pressure
Adequate ____ Inadequate ____
Domestic Hot Water Source
Separate Tank ____ Oil Fired ____ Gas-Fired ____ Tank-less ____
Electric ____ Integral with Space Heating System ____
Domestic Hot Water Condition
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Aged ____
Water Pipes
Copper ____ Brass ____ Steel ____ Lead ____ PVC ____
Water Pipe Condition
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Leaks ____ Asbestos ____
Damage, Waste, Vent Pipes
Copper ____ Cast Iron ____ Steel ____ PVC ____
Sanitary Waste Disposal
Municipal ____ Community ____ Private ____
Comments
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HEATING SYSTEM

System Type
Steam ____ Warm Air ____ Hot Water ____ Hydroaire ____
Heat Pump ____ Electric Resistance Heaters ____
System Fuel
Oil ____ Natural Gas ____ Propane Gas ____ Electric ____
System Condition
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Aged ____
Number of Systems / Zones
1___ 2____ 3____ 4____ 5____ 6____ Other ____
Oil Tank
Visible ____ Buried ____
Piping / Duct Condition
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Leaks ____
Duct Condition
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Duct Location
Floor ____ Ceiling ____
Evidence of Asbestos Insulation on Pipes / Ducts
No ____ Yes ____
Heating Source
Radiators ____ Heating Baseboards ____ Heating Registers ____
Fireplaces
Masonry ____ Prefabricated ____ Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Comments
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AIR-CONDITIONING

System Type
Central ____ Window / Wall Units ____
System Condition
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____
Number of Systems / Zones
1___ 2____ 3____ 4____ 5____ 6____ Other ____
Duct Condition
Good ____ Fair ____ Poor ____ Asbestos ____
Duct Location
Floor ____ Ceiling ____

Comments
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Conclusion
Obviously, if your detailed inspection using this list turns up more negatives than positives, you should keep looking . It’s easy during the excitement of finding a wonderful new home to say to yourself, “Oh, we can fix that after we move in.” If you find yourself saying this, at least consult professional and get a quote on how much it will cost to fix the problem you’re prepared to overlook. This quote will either have you moving in or moving on.