Home inspectors are trained professionals who assess the Pool & Spa Inspection condition of a property before a sale. Their goal is to provide an objective evaluation of the home’s major systems and components. Here is a general home inspection checklist outlining what home inspectors typically look for:

  1. Structural Integrity:
    • Foundation: Cracks, settling, or signs of water penetration.
    • Walls: Cracks, bulges, or signs of water damage.
    • Roof: Signs of leaks, damage, or wear.
    • Attic: Insulation, ventilation, and signs of leaks.
  2. Exterior:
    • Siding: Condition, damage, or signs of rot.
    • Windows and Doors: Condition, seals, and functionality.
    • Porches, Decks, and Balconies: Safety, structural integrity, and railings.
  3. Roof and Gutters:
    • Roofing Materials: Condition, age, and potential issues.
    • Flashing and Ventilation: Proper installation and condition.
    • Gutters and Downspouts: Proper drainage and condition.
  4. Interior:
    • Walls, Ceilings, and Floors: Cracks, stains, or damage.
    • Doors and Windows: Proper operation and security.
    • Stairs and Railings: Safety and condition.
    • Electrical: Outlets, switches, wiring, and circuit breakers.
    • Plumbing: Pipes, fixtures, water pressure, and drainage.
    • HVAC Systems: Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems.
    • Appliances: Functionality and safety of included appliances.
  5. Basement and Crawl Spaces:
    • Foundation: Condition and signs of moisture or leaks.
    • Insulation and Ventilation: Proper installation and condition.
    • Water Heater and Furnace: Age and condition.
  6. Attic and Insulation:
    • Insulation: Type, condition, and proper installation.
    • Ventilation: Proper airflow and roof protection.
  7. Electrical Systems:
    • Electrical Panels: Condition and safety.
    • Wiring: Proper grounding and code compliance.
    • Outlets and Switches: Functionality and safety.
  8. Plumbing Systems:
    • Pipes: Condition and material.
    • Drains: Proper drainage and signs of leaks.
    • Water Heater: Age and condition.
    • Water Pressure: Checking for adequate water flow.
  9. Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) Systems:
    • Furnace and Heat Exchanger: Condition and safety.
    • Air Conditioning: Cooling effectiveness.
    • Ductwork: Condition and insulation.
  10. Fireplace and Chimney:
    • Fireplace: Condition and safety.
    • Chimney: Inspection for blockages and damage.
  11. Safety Features:
    • Smoke Detectors: Functionality and proper placement.
    • Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Proper installation and operation.
    • Handrails and Guardrails: Safety and stability.
  12. Environmental Factors:
    • Radon: Testing for radon gas levels.
    • Asbestos: Identifying potential asbestos-containing materials.
    • Mold and Mildew: Checking for signs of moisture and mold growth.
  13. Overall Assessment:
    • Summarizing findings and identifying any major concerns or safety hazards.
    • Providing recommendations for further evaluation or repairs by specialists.

Keep in mind that home inspection requirements may vary by location and the specific standards of the inspection association or company. A thorough home inspection can help buyers make informed decisions and negotiate any necessary repairs or adjustments with the seller. It’s also a valuable tool for sellers who want to identify and address issues before listing their property.