141-Point Home Inspection Checklist

by Joanna Stewart

Thu, Sep 13, 2018

home inspection checklist

Many homeowners I’ve worked with are aware of the importance of a home inspection. After all it’s one of the easiest ways to find out if a home has any hidden secrets or serious maintenance issues.

However, more than 1 in 10 homeowners (12 percent) confused a home inspection with an appraisal, according to a survey released by the American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI).

The survey also found that more than one in every four homeowners (28 percent) mistakenly believes the purpose of an inspection is to verify that a home complies with local building codes.

So, what exactly is a home inspection checklist and why do you need one?

For the new homeowner a “home inspection” sounds like a thorough review of the entire house. If there are any problems they should be found during an inspection, right?

Well, the truth is that an inspector will only make “visual inspections” of the home.

This means an inspector may not be able to detect any problems that are hidden in the walls or under the floors that they cannot see.

After making inspections of “readily accessible, visually observable, installed systems and components” (via ASHI Standards) the inspector will create a report that may include both descriptions and photos of what they observed.

If you’re getting ready to buy a home (even if it’s brand new), my checklist will help you prepare questions to ask the home inspector both before and after the inspection.

Most home inspections occur before the sale of a home on behalf of the buyer. However, this isn’t the only time you should inspect your home.

You may consider using this guide and checklist to complete a DIY inspection every few years to catch any potential problems.

Even if you don’t know the first thing about home construction or inspections, it’s important to be at the house during the inspection. Feel free to tag along with the inspector and ask questions along the way. Their job is to identify any potential problems for YOU.

Also during the inspection you can point out any areas that you were concerned about during your pre-inspection walk-through.

Keep in mind that even if a home inspection comes back clean, there may be hidden problems that will reveal themselves later when you least expect it.

Inside our checklist we reveal the answers to the most common questions home buyers and sellers have about inspections.

In fact, some of the secrets we reveal might make the inspection industry fighting mad. So grab these valuable guides now before they make us take them down!

Discover the mistakes most homeowners make before, during and after an inspection!

Thousands of homeowners just like you have already downloaded our home inspection checklist. Get your own printable PDF copy sent directly to your inbox! BONUS: After you sign up you’ll receive our weekly tips for homeowners completely free!

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What’s Included in Our Printable Home Inspection Checklist?

Want to know what’s included in our inspection checklist before you download it? We’ve included a few items your inspector will look for.

STRUCTURAL

EXTERIOR

Exterior Siding, Flashing and Trim

Exterior Doors and Windows

Decks, Balconies, Stoops, Steps, Porches, and Railings

Vegetation, Grading, Surface Drainage, and Retaining Walls

Walkways, Patios, and Driveways

ROOFING

Roofing Materials

Roof Drainage

Flashing

Skylights, Chimneys, and Roof Penetrations

PLUMBING

Bathroom Plumbing

Kitchen Plumbing

Water Heater

HEATING

Heating System

Chimney

AIR CONDITIONING

ELECTRICAL

INTERIOR

Garage

Kitchen

Bathrooms

INSULATION & VENTILATION

Attic

Basement

Crawl Space

What’s Included in a Home Inspection Report?

For homeowners undertaking their first home inspection it is absolutely essential to understand what’s included in the final inspection report as well as what’s not.

To help make this process easier we’ve outlined what a typical home inspection report will include and what it won’t.

There are many areas of the home that the inspector will not inspect. These areas will need to be inspected by another professional, or you will need to take on the task yourself.

At a minimum you should visually inspect any areas that you may be concerned about and call in a professional if you need more help.

Our checklist includes a small sample of questions to ask your inspector during or after the inspection. These questions were designed to be a guideline for you to use when looking at the home. Since there are thousands of variations of materials, possible problems and situations, you may need to research additional questions prior to the inspection.

A standard home inspection report includes:

These are just a few examples of what an inspector looks for. But, you might be surprised what they don’t check for.

Why did others download the checklist? Here's what they said:

"Selling our home and the buyer will be conducting a home inspection. Wanted to make sure I checked everything before the inspector comes and identifies items needing fixing." -Melonie

"My son is fixing up a house getting it ready for a VA loan inspection. He is a first time home buyer and would like to make sure he doesn't have to go back since he is on a shoe string budget. Thanks!" -Clara

"Thank you for the checklist! I am new to the home inspection field, and I am trying to find the best way to go about doing the inspections and trying to make myself unique." -Lou

"I am a residential contractor and a friend is buying a home. We'll probably do the inspection ourselves. I know what to look for, but nothing beats a checklist!" -Ken

"We are looking to buy a house and need a little guidance on things to be aware of. Thanks for the information!" -Ralph

"Thank you. I am trying to help a younger friend who is looking for homes find out what else he should look for. Your list is excellent!" -Jim

"Thanks! We got several houses and need an inspection list to go through the houses and keep records of the faults." -Alta

"My son is getting ready to buy his first house. Wanted to learn more about home inspections. Thanks!" -Teri

"Thanks - exactly what I was looking for. I'm selling my house and trying to be prepared for the inspection." -Denette

"I am a REALTOR and thought you have information not only useful to me but also to my clients. Great checklist!" -Steve

"We had put an offer in on a house and the inspection was scheduled for the upcoming Saturday. I just wanted a checklist to follow along with the inspector. Thank you." -Peter
"Thank you for the checklist! I am just starting to buy homes and build my investment portfolio of rental properties in my area. Some items on your list I indeed almost forgot to look at – LOL" -Andrea K.

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