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TOTAL HOME INSPECTION INSPECTION CHECKLIST Total Home Inspection Checklist Use a checklist like this to make sure that you are looking at all parts of the house. Check off those items that are in good condition and make notes about those that are not. (Note that this list describes an ideal house, but in our experience no house is perfect – not even brand new ones!!) Please Note: This checklist should not be relied upon as a home inspection report, nor should it be considered a substitute for a home inspection. This list is representative, but NOT exhaustive. If you require a home inspection, contact Total Home Inspection or another qualified, educated, licensed, experienced ASHI certified home inspector in your area. Grounds ___ Proper grading drainage away from house ___ No evidence of standing water ___ No leaks from septic tank or leech field ___ Yard, landscaping, trees and walkways in good condition ___ No branches or bushes touching house or overhanging the roof ___ Exterior structures (fences, sheds, decks, retaining walls, detached garages) in good condition, no evidence of termite damage or rotted wood ___ Railings on stairs and decks are adequate and secure ___ Driveways, sidewalks, patios, entrance landings in good condition, and pitched away from structure ___ Downspout drainage directed away from structure TOTAL HOME INSPECTION INSPECTION CHECKLIST Structure ___ Ridge and fascia board lines appear straight and level ___ Sides of house appear straight, not bowed or sagging ___ Window and doorframes appear square (especially bowed windows) ___ Visible foundation in good condition - appears straight, plumb, with no significant cracks Exterior Surfaces ___ Adequate clearance between ground and wood siding materials (6" minimum); no wood-to-earth contact ___ Siding: no cracking, curling, loose, rot or decay ___ Masonry veneers: no cracks in joints, no broken, spalling or flaking components ___ Stucco: no large cracks (discuss all stucco cracks with a professional inspector) ___ Vinyl or aluminum siding: no dents, damage, no bowing or loose siding ___ No vines on surface of structure ___ Exterior paint or stain: no flaking or blisters ___ No stains on exterior surfaces Windows, Doors and Wood Trim ___ Wood frames and trim pieces are secure, no cracks, rot or decay ___ Joints around frames are caulked TOTAL HOME INSPECTION INSPECTION CHECKLIST ___ No broken glass (window or storm panes) or damaged screens, no broken double paned, insulated window seals. ___ Muntin and mullion glazing compound in good condition ___ Storm windows or thermal glass used ___ Drip caps installed over windows Roof ___ Composition shingles: no curling, no cupping, no loss of granulation particulate, no broken, damaged or missing shingles, no more than two layers of roofing ___ Wood shingles or shakes: no mold, rot or decay, no cracked/broken/missing shingles, no curling ___ Flat roofs: no obvious patches, no cracks or splits, minimal blisters/"alligatoring" and wrinkles, no silt deposits (indicates improper drainage), sealed tar at flashings ___ Flashing around roof penetrations ___ No evidence of excess roofing cement/tar/caulk ___ Soffits and fascia: no decay, no stains ___ Exterior venting for eave areas: vents are clean and not painted over ___ Gutters: no decay or rust, joints sealed, attached securely to structure, no bending or sagging, no sections of gutter or downspout missing, gutters clean, no mud deposits ___ Chimneys: straight, properly flashed, no evidence of damaged bricks or cracked joints, mortar/cement cap in good condition TOTAL HOME INSPECTION INSPECTION CHECKLIST Attic ___ No stains on underside of roofing, especially around roof penetrations ___ No evidence of decay or damage to structure ___ Sufficient insulation and properly installed insulation (moisture barrier installed closest to the heated area of the house) ___ Adequate ventilation, clear path into attic for air entering through soffit vents, adequately sized gable end louvers, all mechanical ventilation operational ___ No plumbing, exhaust or appliance vents terminating in attic ___ No open electrical splices Interior Rooms ___ Floors, walls and ceilings appear straight and plumb and level ___ No stains on floors, walls or ceilings ___ Flooring materials in good condition ___ No significant cracks in walls or ceilings ___ Windows and exterior doors operate easily and latch properly, no broken glass, no sashes painted shut, no decay; windows and doors have weather-stripping, "weep holes" installed ___ Interior doors operate easily and latch properly, no damage or decay, no broken hardware ___ Paint, wall covering, and paneling in good condition ___ Wood trim installed well and in good condition ___ Lights and switches operate properly TOTAL HOME INSPECTION INSPECTION CHECKLIST ___ Adequate number of three pronged electrical outlets in each room ___ Electrical outlets test properly (spot check) ___ Heating/cooling source in each habitable room ___ Evidence of adequate insulation in walls ___ Fireplace: no cracking or damaged masonry, no evidence of back-drafting (staining on fireplace façade), damper operates properly, flue has been cleaned, flue is lined Kitchen ___ Working exhaust fan that is vented to the exterior of the building ___ Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter ("GFCI") protection for electrical outlets within 6 feet of the sink(s) ___ Dishwasher: drains properly, no leaks, baskets, door spring operates properly ___ No leaks in pipes under sinks ___ Floor in cabinet under sink solid, no stains or decay ___ Water flow in sink adequate ___ No excessive rust or deterioration on garbage disposal or waste pipes ___ Built-in appliances operate properly ___ Cabinets in good condition: doors and drawers operate properly TOTAL HOME INSPECTION INSPECTION CHECKLIST Bathrooms ___ Working exhaust fan that doesn't terminate in the attic space ___ Adequate flow and pressure at all fixtures ___ Sink, tub and shower drain properly ___ Plumbing and cabinet floor under sink in good condition ___ If sink is metal, it shows no signs of rust, overflow drain doesn't leak ___ Toilet operates properly ___ Toilet stable, no rocking, no stains around base ___ Caulking in good condition inside and outside of the tub and shower area ___ Tub or shower tiles secure, wall surface solid ___ No stains or evidence of past leaking around base of bath or shower Miscellaneous ___ Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where required by local ordinances ___ Stairway treads and risers solid ___ Stair handrails where needed and in good condition ___ Automatic garage door opener operates properly, stops properly for obstacles TOTAL HOME INSPECTION INSPECTION CHECKLIST Basement or Mechanical Room ___ No evidence of moisture ___ Exposed foundation; no stains no major cracks, no flaking, no efflorescence ___ Visible structural wood: no sagging, no damage, no decay, no stains, no damage from insects, sills attached to foundation with anchor bolts ___ Insulation at rim/band joists Crawl Space ___ Adequately vented to exterior ___ Insulation on exposed water supply, waste and vent pipes ___ Insulation between crawl space and heated areas, installed with vapor barrier towards heated area ___ No evidence of insect damage ___ No evidence of moisture damage Plumbing ___ Visible pipes: no damage, no evidence of leaks, no signs of stains on materials near pipes; drain pipes slope slightly down towards outlet to septic/sewage system ___ Water heater: no signs of rust, vented properly, sized to produce adequate quantities of hot water for the number of bedrooms in the house. ___ Water pump: does not short cycle ___ Galvanized pipes do not restrict water flow TOTAL HOME INSPECTION INSPECTION CHECKLIST ___ Well water test is acceptable ___ Hot water temperature between 118 - 125 degrees Fahrenheit Electrical ___ Visible wiring: in good condition, no "knob-and-tube" wiring, no exposed splices, cables secured and protected ___ Service panel: adequate capacity, all cables attached to panel with cable connectors; fuses or breakers are not overheating ___ No aluminum cable for branch circuits Heating/Cooling System ___ Appears to operate well throughout (good air flow on forced hot air systems) ___ Flues: no open seams, slopes up to chimney connection ___ No rust around cooling unit ___ No combustion gas odor ___ Air filter(s) clean ___ Ductwork in good condition ___ No asbestos on heating pipes, water pipes or air ducts ___ Separate flues for gas/oil/propane and wood/coal
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