What Items Are Typically on a Home Inspector Checklist?


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Some of the items on a home inspection checklist include the exterior, the interior and overall condition of the home. Notable items that do not appear on a home inspection checklist include radon gas, asbestos, toxic mold and lead paint.

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What Items Are Typically on a Home Inspector Checklist?
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When looking at the exterior of a home, the home inspection checklist often includes a visual inspection of the roof, chimney, soffits and gutters. Other parts of a home's exterior a home inspector often checks include exterior wall coverings, doors, windows, decks and driveways. The home inspector performs the same inspection on every side of the home.

In the interior of the home, the inspection typically starts in the basement and goes through each floor of the home. In each room or area, the inspector usually starts with the floor and works up the walls to the ceiling, visually inspecting all parts. Specific parts of the home that an inspector may focus on include the furnace, electrical panel, plumbing and water heater. An inspector also often gives a close look to interior walls, doors and windows in addition to electrical sockets, switches and heat sources.

Upon completing the inspection, the inspector presents the results. If buying a home following the inspection, an individual may accept the home "as is," ask the homeowner to fix the problem, ask for a lower price or reject the sale.

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