Home Buyer Inspection Checklist
A home inspection is a crucial step in the home-buying process. It helps you identify any potential issues or concerns with the property before finalizing the purchase. Here's a sample checklist for a home inspection:
Roof: Check for missing or damaged shingles, signs of leakage, and the overall condition of the roof.
Gutters and Downspouts: Inspect for clogs, proper drainage, and signs of rust or damage.
Siding: Look for cracks, peeling paint, or signs of rot in the siding.
Foundation: Check for cracks, settlement issues, and signs of water penetration.
Windows and Doors: Ensure they open and close properly, check for damaged frames, and look for signs of drafts.
Driveway and Walkways: Check for cracks, uneven surfaces, and signs of wear.
Landscaping: Look for overgrown trees or shrubs near the house that could cause damage.
Plumbing: Check for leaks, water pressure, and the overall condition of pipes and fixtures.
Electrical: Test outlets, switches, and circuit breakers. Look for exposed wires or outdated electrical panels.
HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning): Test the furnace, air conditioner, and ventilation system. Check for maintenance records.
Ceilings, Walls, and Floors: Look for cracks, water stains, or signs of structural issues.
Doors and Windows: Check for proper sealing, functionality, and signs of drafts.
Kitchen Appliances: Test all appliances (oven, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator) to ensure they are working.
Bathrooms: Inspect for leaks, mold, and the condition of fixtures and plumbing.
Attic and Basement: Check for insulation, proper ventilation, and signs of leaks or pests.
Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure they are installed and working correctly.
Staircases and Railings: Confirm they are secure and up to code.
Garage: Test the garage door opener, check for proper ventilation, and look for signs of water intrusion.
Pests: Look for signs of pests, such as termites, rodents, or insects.
Mold: Check for signs of mold or mildew in damp areas.
Structural Issues: Be on the lookout for signs of foundation problems, such as uneven floors or doors that don't close properly.
Water Damage: Investigate any signs of water damage, including stains on walls or ceilings.
Amenities: Ensure that any amenities mentioned in the listing (e.g., a fireplace, pool, or sprinkler system) are in working condition.
Appliances and Fixtures: Verify that any items included in the sale are present and functional.
Documentation: Ask for maintenance records and any permits for renovations or additions.
It's crucial to hire a qualified home inspector to perform the inspection. The inspectors at O'ahu Home Inspections will provide you with a detailed report that outlines any issues or concerns we find during the inspection. Use this report to negotiate with the seller or make informed decisions about the purchase.