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Home Buyer Inspection Check List

There are two times that it is critical for a prudent home buyer to perform a thorough walk-through inspection. Prior to signing the contract of sale and again, just prior to the settlement date to review the property's condition. A systematic review of the home's components prior to contract, will allow you to negotiate the sale with a better understanding of the condition and any existing problems. It also in your best interest to re-inspect prior to settlement to ensure that everything is in the same condition that it was at the time you agreed to buy the property. If any problems or damage is discovered, it is imperative that you negotiate an adjustment of the price prior to the closing.

Click here to download a copy of the checklist in PDF format.

Home Buyer Inspection Checklist



    Any major changes to the property
    Any major changes to the property
    Agreed upon modifications or repairs completed
    Receipts/warranties/guarantees provided by repair contractors
    Pest control clearance provided


    Indications of roof leakage
    Gutters and downspouts secure
    Signs of roof surface, flashings, vent or chimney damage


    Evidence of cracks, paint peeling or other visible defects
    Trip hazards, cracking in the walkways, driveway or steps
    Plants/vegetation growing on the exterior of the home
    Stairway, deck, porch and other railings secure
    Cracks or indications of retaining wall failure
    Signs of inadequate surface drainage
    Openings into the building at trim, flashings, chimneys, etc.
    Signs of soil movement in areas around perimeter of the home


    Are all accessible areas dry
    Are there any indications of current or prior water damage

If there is a sump pump, is it operational

    Indications of foundation cracking or movement
    Musty odors or signs of mold or mildew




    Stains, cracks or damage to interior walls, ceilings or floors
    Cracked or broken windows
    Windows and window latches operate properly
    Doors and door latches operate properly
    Stains or leaks at kitchen, bathroom or laundry sinks
    Interior staircases have safe, secure handrails
    Smoke alarms in hallways, on each floor, in each bedroom

Kitchen and Bathrooms

    Are all appliances functional
    Cabinets, countertops, sinks or floors damaged
    Water Pressure is ok at sinks, shower and tub spout
    Any sign of water leaks under sinks
    Are all ceramic tile floors and wainscoting intact and well grouted


    Garage door functional
    Fire-rated doors provided at all interior entrances
    Automatic door opener reverse properly
    Fire-rated surfaces at house walls, attic and sub-floor areas
    Indications of dampness or mildew


    All light fixtures operational
    All electrical outlets functional
    All smoke detectors provided and functional
    Doorbell operational
    GFCI outlets in kitchen, bathrooms, exterior and garage
    GFCI devices functional
    Any visible dangling or exposed wiring
    Extension, lamp cord, or zip cord used as permanent wiring


    Adequate water flow at fixtures and drains
    Faucet or drain pipe leaks
    Adequate water pressure
    Ample hot water provided
    Clothes washer and dryer functional
    Water heater adequately strapped


    Water heater has proper pressure/temperature relief
    System functional
    Serviced recently
    Is there adequate heat/cooling distribution to each room


    Are there large differences in temperature between different rooms
    Safety check on older fireplaces and chimneys
    Dampers operational
    Fire boxes need repair
    Spark arrestor and rain cap installed

Click here to download a copy of the above checklist in PDF format.

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