1. Are all the appliances working properly?
A home inspector will check to ensure that all of the major appliances in the home are functioning properly. This includes checking for any unusual noises, testing all of the controls and settings, verifying that nothing is leaking, and ensuring that no wires or parts are broken. Additionally, the inspector should be checking for any safety issues with the appliances.
2. Is there any evidence of past or current water damage/leakage anywhere in the house?
The inspector should look for signs of current or past water damage, such as stains on walls, floors, and ceilings. Additionally, they should also check around windows and doors for potential sources of moisture infiltration (i.e., gaps) and examine the roofline for any possible leakage areas.
3. Does the plumbing work correctly and is it up to code?
The inspector will check all pipes, fixtures, connections, and valves to ensure that everything is functioning properly. They should also be checking to make sure that the plumbing meets local building codes and standards.
4. Are smoke alarms installed on each level of the home, and do they work?
The inspector should check to ensure that all smoke detectors in the home are functioning properly. If any need replacing or additional alarms need to be installed, this should also be noted.
5. Does the electrical wiring appear to be safe and is it up to code?
The inspector will check all outlets and switches as well as all visible wires for any signs of damage, wear, or overheating. Additionally, they will make sure that everything meets local building codes and standards.
6. Is there any damage to walls, floors, or ceilings that needs repair or replacement?
The inspector will look for signs of water damage or structural issues such as cracking, bulging, or buckling of walls, floors, and ceilings. Additionally, they should check for any mold or mildew growth that may indicate a moisture problem.
7. Are windows secure, efficient, and without signs of rot or other defects?
The inspector will examine all windows to make sure they are securely installed and free from air leaks. They will also look for signs of rot and other damage that can compromise their functionality.
8. Have HVAC systems been regularly serviced and are they functioning properly (e.g., cooling/heating)?
The inspector will check the heating/cooling system to make sure it is up to code, as well as running efficiently. Additionally, they will want to know if it has been regularly serviced by a professional.
9. Are roofing materials in good condition with no visible signs of wear/damage from age, weather conditions, etc.?
The inspector will examine the roof and all its components for any signs of damage or deterioration due to age, weather exposure, or other causes. They will also look for any missing shingles, loose seams, corrosion, and overall structural integrity.
10. Does insulation appear complete throughout all areas of home's interior (walls, ceiling) as well as attic space(s)?
The inspector will check all of the insulation in the walls, ceilings, and attic spaces to make sure that it is intact and meets local building codes and standards. Additionally, they should look for any drafts or air leaks that may indicate a problem.
11. Are all staircases stable with secure handrails and are the stairs of adequate width?
The inspector will check to make sure that all stairs have secure handrails and are wide enough to accommodate foot traffic. They will also examine the overall structure of the staircase to ensure it is safe and stable.
12. Are there any visible signs of insect/pest infestation or damage in/around the home?
The inspector will check for any signs of insect or rodent infestation, such as droppings, nests, chewed wires, or other damage. If evidence is found, they can recommend further action be taken to address the issue.
13. Are there any environmental hazards present (i.e., asbestos, lead paint, etc.)?
The inspector will look for any signs of asbestos or lead paint in the home and make note of it in their report if these materials are present. Generally, they can recommend further testing and/or removal services if necessary.
14. Does the home have proper drainage systems installed and functioning properly?
The inspector will check to make sure that all drainage systems are properly installed and functioning as intended. They should also look for any blockages or other issues that could compromise their effectiveness.
15. Are all smoke detectors present and functioning properly?
The inspector will check to make sure that all required smoke alarms are present and working correctly. This is an important safety measure, so any issues should be addressed immediately.