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Home Buyer Inspection Checklist

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 imperitive that you negotiate an adjustment of the price prior to the closing.


General

Any major changes to the property?

Agreed upon modifications or repairs completed?

Receipts/warranties/guarantees provided by repair contractors?

Pest control clearance provided?


Roofing

Indications of roof leakage?

Gutters and downspouts secure?

Signs of roof surface, flashings, vent or chimney damage?


Exterior

Evidence of cracks, paint peeling or other visible defects?

Trip hazards, cracking in the walkways, driveway or steps?

Plants/wegetation 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?


Basement

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?


Interior

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 florrs and wainscotting intact and well grouted?


Garage

Garage door functional?

Fire-rated doors provided at all interior entrances?

Automatic door opener reverse properly?

Fire-rated surfaces at house walls, attic and subfloor areas?

Indications of dampness or mildew?


Electrical

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?


Plumbing

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 poper pressure/temperature relief?


Heating/Cooling

System functional?

Serviced recently?

Is there adequate heat/cooling distribution to each room?

Are there large differences in temperature between different rooms?


Fireplace

Safety check on older fireplaces and chimneys?

Dampers operational?

Fire boxes need repair?

Spark arrestor and rain cap installed?

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