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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:

Exterior:

  1. Roof: Check for missing or damaged shingles, signs of leakage, and the overall condition of the roof.

  2. Gutters and Downspouts: Inspect for clogs, proper drainage, and signs of rust or damage.

  3. Siding: Look for cracks, peeling paint, or signs of rot in the siding.

  4. Foundation: Check for cracks, settlement issues, and signs of water penetration.

  5. Windows and Doors: Ensure they open and close properly, check for damaged frames, and look for signs of drafts.

  6. Driveway and Walkways: Check for cracks, uneven surfaces, and signs of wear.

  7. Landscaping: Look for overgrown trees or shrubs near the house that could cause damage.

Interior:

  1. Plumbing: Check for leaks, water pressure, and the overall condition of pipes and fixtures.

  2. Electrical: Test outlets, switches, and circuit breakers. Look for exposed wires or outdated electrical panels.

  3. HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning): Test the furnace, air conditioner, and ventilation system. Check for maintenance records.

  4. Ceilings, Walls, and Floors: Look for cracks, water stains, or signs of structural issues.

  5. Doors and Windows: Check for proper sealing, functionality, and signs of drafts.

  6. Kitchen Appliances: Test all appliances (oven, stove, dishwasher, refrigerator) to ensure they are working.

  7. Bathrooms: Inspect for leaks, mold, and the condition of fixtures and plumbing.

  8. Attic and Basement: Check for insulation, proper ventilation, and signs of leaks or pests.

Safety:

  1. Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Ensure they are installed and working correctly.

  2. Staircases and Railings: Confirm they are secure and up to code.

  3. Garage: Test the garage door opener, check for proper ventilation, and look for signs of water intrusion.

Additional Considerations:

  1. Pests: Look for signs of pests, such as termites, rodents, or insects.

  2. Mold: Check for signs of mold or mildew in damp areas.

  3. Structural Issues: Be on the lookout for signs of foundation problems, such as uneven floors or doors that don't close properly.

  4. Water Damage: Investigate any signs of water damage, including stains on walls or ceilings.

  5. Amenities: Ensure that any amenities mentioned in the listing (e.g., a fireplace, pool, or sprinkler system) are in working condition.

  6. Appliances and Fixtures: Verify that any items included in the sale are present and functional.

  7. 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.

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