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Home Inspection Checklist

When buying a home, you'll want to know all of the house flaws ahead of time, and therefore will want a home inspector to assess the building. Home inspections themselves very dramatically from state to state, and even from city to city. What the home inspector analyzes will vary based on who he is and to which association he belongs. The following checklist is based on the standards established by the National Association of Certified Home Inspectors, or more specifically the NACHI guidelines.

The items affiliated inspectors assess are:

  • Structural elements - such as walls, floors, foundation, and roof
  • Exterior - such as wall covering, drainage, landscaping, elevation, driveway, doors, windows, lights, fences, and sidewalks
  • Roof and Attic - such as type of roof construction, ventilation, framing, and gutters
  • Plumbing - such as pipe materials and condition of toilets, showers, sings, faucets, and traps
  • Systems and Components - such as air conditioning, water heaters, furnaces, ducts, chimney, fireplace, and sprinklers
  • Electrical system - including the main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaoust fans, ceiling fans, and light fixtures
  • Appliances - such as dishwashers, ovens, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal, and smoke detectors
  • Garage - including walls, ceiling, vents, slab, door, firewall, openers, lights, exterior, windows, and roof

Inspectors are expected to report items that are defective or in need of service, especially if there are health and safety issues, malfunctions in the furnace or air-conditioning unit, issues with the foundation, problems with drainage, or roofs that will likely last a very short amount of time.

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