What Your Home Inspection Should Cover

§  Siding: Look for dents or buckling.


§  Foundations: Look for cracks or water seepage.


§  Exterior Brick: Look for cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks.


§  Insulation: Look for condition, adequate rating for climate.

§  Doors and Windows: Look for loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weather stripping.


§  Roof: Look for age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts.

§  Ceilings, walls, and moldings: Look for loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away.


§  Porch/Deck: Loose railings or step, rot.

§  Electrical: Look for condition of fuse box/ Circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room.

§  Plumbing: Look for poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation.

§  Water heater: Look for age, size adequate for house. Speed of recovery, energy rating.

§  Furnace/ Air Conditioning: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs.

§  Garage: Look for exterior in good repair condition of floor--- cracks, stains, etc; condition of door mechanism.


§  Basement: Look for water leakage, musty smell.

§  Attic: Look for adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof.

§  Septic Tanks( if applicable): Adequate absorption field capacity for the percolation rate in your area and the size of your family.

§  Driveways/Sidewalks: Look for cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains.