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5 Essentials on a Home Inspection Checklist

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5 Essentials on a Home Inspection Checklist

There are several different situations when you’ll be researching and contacting a home inspection service to visit your home. Whether you’re considering the purchase of a home or you are planning a home remodeling project, a home inspection is usually a part of these processes.


As you organize a home inspection service, you may have questions about the process. The Edge Combe County, North Carolina, website has put together a useful home inspection checklist that will help you make sure that you hit all the important points with your home inspection.


By covering the five essentials on a home inspection checklist, you can proceed with confidence, knowing that your home inspection will cover all the bases.

  1. 1.Exterior

    With a common-sense approach to a home inspection checklist, you can prepare your house for an inspection so that it sails through with flying colors.

    Make sure you include everything on the exterior of the house and on the property as a part of a home inspection. This includes grading near the foundation of the house, the landscaping in general, and the condition of the garage. The exterior also includes the driveway, patio, deck and any retaining walls. The exterior façade of the house – whether it’s brick, stucco, clapboard, vinyl or wood – needs its condition noted, including the trim. Check the condition of the windows and doors, too.

  2. 2.Interior

    The interior areas of a home inspection must include ceilings and walls (cracks, peeling paint or sagging), floors (the material and the condition), closets (condition and the size/number), ceiling light fixtures, heating and cooling sources and whether the house has finished areas in the basement or attic.

  3. 3.Kitchen/Bathroom

    Assess the kitchen condition – has it been remodeled or does it need work? This will include cabinets and countertops, (materials and condition), appliances and storage space. Count the number of full and half bathrooms and assess their condition. Have the bathroom fixtures and features been updated or do they need remodeling? Check the walls and floors of both the kitchen and the bathrooms, noting the condition and the materials.

  5. 4.Attic/Basement

    Check the attic, noting the access method. Assess the insulation to see whether it is present in adequate amounts. Does the attic have proper ventilation and does it appear as if water leakage occurs regularly? Check the roof structure for the style and its condition.


    Check the basement, noting the type of foundation and its condition. Look carefully for signs of water leakage or moisture problems in the basement.

  6. 5.Electrical/Plumbing/HVAC

    Note the electrical service to the house, as well as the amperes, voltage and the number of circuits. Assess the number of electrical outlets and whether they are three-prong or two-prong outlets. Count the light fixtures to assess the installed lighting in the house.


    For the plumbing system, note whether the house has a private well or municipal water. If the house has a private well, assess the pressure tank. Note the house’s water pressure also. Check the water supply pipes and note whether they are brass, copper, plastic or steel pipes. Check the vent pipes as well, noting the materials of these pipes.


    Check the heating system, noting the type of system, the system fuel and the condition of the system. If the house has an oil tank, note its location. Check the house duct system and whether the duct system has adequate installation. Note the heat source and its condition. If the house has fireplaces, note their condition. What type of air conditioning is present in the house and what is its condition?


    With a common-sense approach to a home inspection checklist, you can prepare your house for an inspection so that it sails through with flying colors. If you’re assessing a house for purchase, you’ll know just what to look for in your home inspection.

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