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Home Inspections

Inspection Checklist:

  • Flat roof covering.
  • Sloped roof covering.
  • The roof drainage systems.


  • The exterior wall covering, flashing, exterior trim.
  • The exterior doors, windows and window wells.
  • The attached decks, balconies, steps and porches.
  • Eaves, soffits, and fascias, where accessible from the ground level.
  • The grading around the house.
  • The down pipes and the down pipes extensions.
  • The garage gas proof, the garage doors and garage door operators.
  • Drive ways and walk ways.
  • Basement walk-outs.


  • The accessible structural components of the foundation and super structure.
  • The floor structure, wall structure, ceiling structure.
  • Floor rattling and squeaking.
  • Roof structure (trusses, joists and metal & wood sheeting).
  • Steel beams, wood beams and columns.
  • Suspended concrete floor slabs and slab on grade.
  • Wall bearing and joist hangers.
  • Fire separations.
  • Cracks in the foundation walls, settlement and frost up-lift.
  • Under ground garage leaks and basement leaks.


  • The service drop, service equipment and the service grounding.
  • The interior components of service panels and sub panels.
  • Location of the main electrical panel.
  • The size of the service.
  • The ground and arc fault circuit interrupters (GFCI)& AFCI.
  • Representative number of electrical outlets.
  • The type of the distribution wiring (copper, aluminum or knob & tube).


  • The heating equipments (roof tops, furnaces, boilers)
  • Furnace efficiency (conventional, mid efficiency &high efficiency).
  • Type of fuel (gas, oil, electricity).
  • Baseboard heaters, fan heaters, radiant heat.
  • Air filters and electronic, electrostatic air filters.
  • Adequate air for combustion.
  • The vent system and the flues.
  • Duct system (air supply & air return).
  • Heat recovery ventilation (HRV).
  • Humidifier.


  • The central air conditioning systems


  • The location water meter and the main shut-off valve.
  • The interior water supply and distribution systems.
  • The functioning of all plumbing fixtures and faucets.
  • The location of the hose bib shut-off valve (inside the house).
  • The water pressure.
  • The location of the main floor drain.
  • The condition of the caulking & grout in the showers & tubs.


  • The insulation in the attic.
  • The insulation and vapour barriers in unfinished spaces.
  • The “R” Value of the insulation.


  • The ventilation of attics.
  • The mechanical ventilation systems for the washrooms & kitchens.
  • The ventilation of the furnaces, hot water tanks & dryers.
  • Check vent pipes to make sure they discharge outside of the building.
  • Check that the vent pipes are insulated to avoid any condensation.


  • The walls, ceilings, and floors.
  • The steps, stairways, hand railing and railings.
  • Representative number of doors and windows.
  • Presence of smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors
  • Evidence of water leaks in the basement.
  • Evidence of water leaks around the windows.
  • Squeaks in the floor.

John El Hanafi, REALTOR®, ASP®, IAHSP®
      Keller Williams Main Line Realty,
             720 W Lancaster Avenue,
                  Bryn Mawr PA 19010

PA License#: RS315916

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By Allan Erps,  Wed Apr 27 2011, 13:02
great checklist. may want to include something about testing for mold,radon or lead paint as well
By Voices Member,  Wed Apr 27 2011, 13:19
Great IDEA! I think your comment should do it :-). Thanks for sharing
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