A home inspection checklist includes a comprehensive list of features throughout a home that acts as a guide for home inspectors to check for defects and other necessary repairs. Although checklists may vary, the lists are lengthy and typically contain many if not all of the same features of a home – there are approximately 1,600 items on these lists.
Home inspection checklists are meant to be a guide to help inspectors from accidentally overlooking any small feature and to ensure the completion of the list is to ensure the inspection is thorough. If a buyer is looking at a particular home, getting a good home inspection should be a top priority, since it can help to find any potential issues before the purchase is made. Any issues with certain features of the home could present an opportunity for a potential buyer to renegotiate a lower price with the seller or ask the seller to pay for repairs as a condition for final sale.
Checklists are generally divided into sections, which cover both exterior and interior elements of a home. Some of the primary issues and areas that a home inspection checklist will cover include: structural condition, roof, mechanical issues, plumbing, and electrical. A qualified and experienced home inspector will look for cracks in the foundation, sagging beams, wood deterioration, uneven floors, slope shape or missing shingles on roof, cracks along seams and moisture for flat roofs, central air system and water radiator defects, leaks and rust in plumbing, and that all electrical outlets are properly hooked up to power and grounded.
In addition to the items previously mentioned, the inspection should cover the overall condition of the home with a specific focus on safety, including open stair risers that are too high, unstable deck supports, loose or nonexistent handrails, smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector functionality, peeling paint, and any signs of mold.
Home inspection checklists are extremely detailed and lengthy. A homebuyer is not required to review it in depth, but it is important to make sure the home inspector is in fact working off of one and the home inspector should generate a report with detailed notes that demonstrate a thorough analysis of the home. This report should be reviewed thoroughly by a potential buyer.
Whether buying or selling a home, the home inspection process can be stressful. For some potential buyers, issues may come up that may end up signaling that it is not a good to idea to buy the home at all. For buyers, it may be a reminder of things that were not maintained over the years. It is important to form a team with the home inspector to make the process easier and more effective.
A buyer may fall in love with a home and then decide against buying it, because of issues that come up in an inspection. It is crucial to weigh everything out, because completing repairs may prove to be worth it in the long run.