Home Inspection Checklist
If you find a house that seems like it has possibilities, do your own initial home inspection,
inside and out, before making an offer. Your intention now is to be alert for obvious
deficiencies. Assuming you're not looking for a fixer-upper, too many of these may be a
reason to eliminate this house from further consideration.
Note: This is not meant to replace a professional home inspection. Once you make an offer
on a house, you'll want a licensed home inspector to go over it with a magnifying glass.
Your initial inspection
Foundation: Look at the base of the walls and the ceilings in each room. Are there obvious
cracks or apparent shifts in the foundation? Do the same around the outside. Are there any
trees encroaching on the foundation?
Lot: Does the drainage appear to be away from the house? Are there any obvious soggy
Roof: What is the overall condition? When was it last replaced? Are there any trees
encroaching on it?
Exterior: Does the house