If you’re in the process of buying or selling a home, check out the below home inspection checklist to begin understanding the home inspection process. A professionally licensed home inspector will be able to determine if the home is of a satisfactory condition, and worth being purchased (you may find out that the home is in serious need of restoration). If there are specific areas of the home that are of particular importance to you and your family, be sure to alert your home inspector, who will be able to pay extra attention to these areas when inspecting the home.

A home inspection of this nature often focuses on several main areas, including: the exterior of the home, the interior of the home, the home’s plumbing and electrical, the home’s heating, ventilation and cooling system (HVAC), and the foundation/lot. Please be aware that the below home inspection checklist will differ slightly depending on the state and inspector.

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  • Home’s foundation
  • Floor structure
  • Wall structure
  • Ceiling structure
  • Does the drainage appear to be away from the house?
  • Are there any obvious soggy areas?

Heating/cooling (HVAC) system:

  • Cooling appears to operate well throughout
  • Good air flow on forced hot air systems
  • No rust around cooling unit
  • No combustion gas odor
  • Air filter(s) clean
  • Ductwork is in good condition
  • No asbestos on heating pipes, water pipes or air ducts
  • Separate flues for gas/oil/propane and wood/coal


  • Well water test is acceptable
  •  Water pump: does not short cycle
  •  Galvanized pipes do not restrict water flow
  • Visible pipes: no damage, no evidence of leaks
  •  Water heater: no signs of rust, vented properly
  • Visible pipes: no signs of stains on materials near pipes
  •  Water heater: sized to produce adequate quantities of hot water


  •  Stucco: no large cracks
  • No vines on surface of structure
  • No stains on exterior surfaces
  •  Masonry veneers: no cracks in joints
  • Siding: no cracking, curling, loose, rot or decay
  • Exterior paint or stain: no flaking or blisters
  •  Masonry veneers: no broken, spalling or flaking components
  • Adequate clearance between ground and wood siding materials
  • Vinyl or aluminum siding: no dents, damage, no bowing or loose siding


  • No stains on floors, walls or ceilings
  • Flooring materials in good condition
  • No significant cracks in walls or ceilings
  • Windows and exterior doors contain no broken glass
  • Interior doors operate easily and latch properly
  • Paint, wall covering, and paneling in good condition
  • Wood trim installed well and in good condition
  • Lights and switches operate properly
  • Electrical outlets test properly (spot check)
  • Heating/cooling source in each habitable room
  • Evidence of adequate insulation in walls
  • Windows and exterior doors operate easily and latch properly
  • Interior doors show no damage or decay, no broken hardware
  • Adequate number of three pronged electrical outlets in each room
  • Floors, walls and ceilings appear straight and plumb and level

Home inspection Tip – Don’t park your car in the garage. They will not be able to test your garage.Your garage spring can be lethal.

Printable home inspection checklist

Posted by James McCarthty