Home Inspection Checklist: Interiors

DIY home inspectionLast month, we posted 8 Steps to Buying a House, where we discussed the importance of a professional home inspection. If you’re a buyer, a home inspection can help you identify potential damage prior to purchase; if you’re a seller, a home inspection can also help you  sell your home faster.

However, it’s not always possible to hire a professional home inspector. For this reason, we’ve compiled this handy home inspection checklist to help you identify potential problems yourself.

If you’re ready to begin, grab some gloves, a flashlight, and a print-out of this checklist, and let’s get started with your home’s interior.

Attics

  • No stains beneath roofing, especially around roof penetrations
  • No evidence of decay, damage, or rot
  • Sufficient, properly-installed insulation
  • An adequate ventilation system
  • No plumbing, exhaust, or appliance vents terminating in the attic
  • No open electrical splices
  • Adequately ventilated crawl spaces
  • No moisture
  • No evidence of insect damage

Interior Windows and Doors

  • No stains on floors, walls, or ceilings
  • Floors, walls, and ceilings appear level
  • Flooring materials in good condition
  • No significant cracks in walls or ceiling
  • Windows and doors operate easily and latch properly
  • No broken glass, sashes painted shut, or rot/decay
  • Paint, wall coverings, and paneling in good condition
  • Wood trim installed properly and in good condition
  • Light switches operate properly
  • Adequate number of functioning 3-pronged outlets
  • Working heating/cooling source in each habitable room
  • Evidence of adequate insulation in walls
  • Fireplace: no cracks or damage, damper operates properly, flue cleaned and lined

Kitchen

  • No leaks in pipes beneath sink
  • No stains, mold or decay in cabinet beneath sink
  • Adequate water pressure in sink
  • No rust or deterioration in garbage disposal
  • Built-in appliances operate properly
  • Cabinets and drawers operate properly

Bathrooms

  • Working exhaust fan that doesn’t terminate in attic
  • Adequate flow and pressure in all fixtures
  • Sink, tub, and shower drain properly
  • Plumbing and cabinet beneath sink in good condition
  • No signs of rust in metal sinks, no leaks in overflow drain
  • Toilet operates properly, stable, no stains around base
  • Caulking in good condition around tub and shower
  • Tub and/or shower tiles secure
  • No stains or evidence of leaks around bath/shower

Systems

  • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where required
  • Plumbing: no evidence of leaks, stains, rust on water heater or pipes
  • Electrical: no exposed splices, all cables secured and protected
  • Heating/Cooling: good air flow, appears to operate well
  • Ductwork in good condition with no open seams
  • No asbestos on heating pipes, water pipes or air ducts
  • Clean air filters

To view the second half of our home inspection checklist series, click here.

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