1) In every room that has windows make sure all the windows function properly?
2) What condition are the floors in? Note any flooring issues.
3) Does the paint job appear to have been done well in every room?
4) Do all the light fixtures work?
5) What conditions are the bathrooms in?
Buyers should walk all the way in the bathroom and look at the tile, look under the vanity look for any water damage. If there is a window in the bathroom in it is next to the Tub/Shower look for possible water damage.
6) Does the living room, dining room, or combo have the amount of space they want for furniture?
7) Are bedroom size simply adequate, or meetâ€™s expectations, or exceed expectations?
8) How is the closet space throughout the house or condo? Adequate, or meets expectations, or exceed expectations?
9) If in unit laundry? How does the condition of the washer/dryer appear to you; excellent, good, fair, or in need of replacement?
10) The Kitchen if back splash, does it look like it is in good condition? Look under the sink, is it in good condition? Do all the cabinets open well? What is the condition of the cabinets when you look in; excellent, fair, or good? What condition do the kitchen appliances look to you?
11) Does the house or condo have sufficient storage space for your needs?
12) If porches, balconies, decks. What does the visual condition appear to you? Do you see any cracking in the materials, painting that is required, etc.?
13) If a house and it has a basement? Do you see any obvious signs of flooding? Look at the walls from the floor line up look for discoloration. Do you smell mold or a damp smell?
14) If a condo â€“ are the common areas well maintained by the association?
15) Yard? If there is a yard, what condition is the grass, shrubs, landscape, fence, etc.? If the yard is in poor shape it could cost the buyer a good dollar amount to make it enjoyable.
16) If Garage and what shape does it appear in? If it is its own structure does it look well maintained?
Of course this is just a general list that can be added to or subtracted from. I am not taking into consideration if someone is looking for a fixer upper, just a good deal, or something move in ready. I am sure I have missed some areas as well. Also, by no means am I asking the buyer to act as a professional home inspector, but to look at everything using common sense. Once the buyer has decided on the property they would like to make an offer on with their broker and if the offer is accepted the buyers should immediately contact a professional home inspector before moving forward with the contract.