Just some of what we look for during an inspection:
Are there Power Post beetles, Carpenter ants, or Carpenter bees?
Are there defects in the driveway, tripping hazards on sidewalks and walkways? Broken branches, trees threatening the house, dead trees,
Are there broken branches, trees threatening the house, dead trees or fences, and gates in poor condition?
Is there bamboo or poison ivy on the property?
How is the condition of the gutters, downspouts, and roof? Are there two layers of roofing material?
Are there two layers of roofing material?
Is there a chimney cap? Is the roof structure sagging?
Window flashing and caulking?
Is the roof structure sagging?
How is the general condition of the windows, are the windows cloudy?
How is the condition of doors and screens, condition of steps and stoops and handrails (are there handrails and guardrails where they should be)?
Do the steps have consistent dimensions? Are there tripping hazards on the steps? Is the house situated on a hill?
Is there proper drainage around the foundation? Are there areas of wet spots in the yard and driveway?
How is the general condition of the siding? Is there asbestos in the siding?
How is the condition of the soffit and fascia boards?
Are there openings in the siding?
Do the interior and exterior doors open and shut properly?
Are there broken windows?
Are there water stains on the ceiling?
Is the ceiling cracked or buckled, or the walls in good shape?
Are the toilets properly secured? Do they flush correctly?
Do the sinks drain correctly?
Does the shower work?
Does the tub drain correctly?
Do the faucets leak?
Are there leaks under the sinks?
Are there proper GFCI electrical outlets in the bathrooms, garage, exterior and kitchens?
KITCHEN & LAUNDRY
Do the kitchen appliances work correctly?
Do the washer and dryer work correctly?
Does the dryer have a safe vent?
Are the handrails secured?
Are the handrails correctly installed?
Are there tripping hazards on the steps, or on the floors?
ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING
Are the electrical outlets wired correctly? Are they grounded?
Is the main electrical panel in a safe condition?
Do the lights work? Are the switches working?
Is the main electrical system grounded?
What is the amperage capacity of the main electrical system?
Is the capacity of the main electrical system proper for the house?
What is the condition of the electrical wiring?
What types of electrical wires are there?
What is the condition of the main electrical service entrance?
What is the condition of the main electrical service drop?
Does the main electrical service come in contact with tree branches?
Are the electrical wires properly connected to the electrical panel?
Are the circuit breakers properly sized for the wires they are protecting?
Are there circuit breakers or fuses? Or the wires outmoded?
Are there a sufficient number of outlets in the house?
Where is the main water valve and what is its condition?
What is the main water pipe made of?
Is the main water pipe made of lead?
What are the water supply pipes made of?
What is their condition?
Are there galvanized pipes?
Are there plumbing leaks?
How’s the water pressure?
Is there venting for the plumbing system?
What is the condition of the main waste pipe?
Is there a cesspool, if so, what condition is it in?
Is the cesspool safe?
Is there insulation in the walls and the attic?
Is there proper ventilation in the attic?
Are there signs of leaks in the attic?
Is there animal intrusion in the attic?
What is the condition of the wood framing in the attic?
Is there debris in the attic?
Is there a tight seal between the top floor and the attic for air intrusion?
Is the attic access hatch in good condition?
What type of heat does the house have?
What is the condition and age of the boiler or furnace?
Is there a pressure relief valve on the boiler and water heater?
What is the condition of the piping for the boiler?
Is the ductwork insulated?
Is there proper ventilation for the exhaust gases of the boiler or furnace?
Is the boiler too close to combustible materials?
Is the vent pipe properly sloped?
Is there proper fire protection between the boiler room and the rest of the house?
Does the boiler have proper makeup air?
Is the water heater old?
Does the water heater leak?
HEATING AND COOLING & SECURITY
Does the boiler leak? Is there an air filter?
Is there an oil tank in the ground?
Is there an oil tank above ground?
What is the condition of the oil tank? is it leaking?
Are there proper safety devices on the boiler or furnace?
Does the heating system function?
Does heat come out of all of the radiators and air registers?
Does the air-conditioning system work?
What are the condition and age of the compressors and air handlers?
Is the air-conditioning system putting out proper temperatures?
Is there a source of heating and cooling in each room of the house?
Are the thermostats working correctly?
Is there leakage at the pressure relief valves?
What is the age and condition of the water heater?
Does the water heater need to be replaced?
Are there proper carbon monoxide and smoke detectors in the house?
Do the exterior door locks work?
Are there exterior door lights?
Are their lights at the top and bottom of staircases?
Are there signs of water intrusion in the basement?
Is there a basement drainage system?
Is there mold?
Are there bedrooms that don’t have windows in the basement?