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What to look for at a home inspection?

Use our handy printable home inspection checklist to make sure that you know what to look for in a home inspection report, and are carefully examining ALL the important parts of a home before you purchase it. Check off those items that are in good or working condition and make notes and take pictures of any that are not. The major issues that we recommend homeowners look for at the ones that could cause the most potential damage if not remedied now.

What to look for when doing a home inspection

When doing a home inspection, think about major systems like an HVAC system that might go out, a roof that is near the end of its useful life and pay attention to ANY indications of water penetration. If left unaddressed these 3 items, while not the ten most common inspection repairs that are needed, have the potential to result in the biggest expense for a new homeowner. (Please note, this home inspection checklist describes a house in perfect condition, but in our experience no house is perfect. Not even one that was built yesterday!

This home inspection checklist should never be used as a home inspection report, nor should it be considered a replacement for an actual home inspection by a qualified home inspector. This list is thorough, but NOT complete. If you require a home inspection rather than just a home inspection checklist, please contact a qualified and experienced ASHI or InterNACHI licensed home inspector in your area.

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Want to see how your inspection report stacks up against the average home? We recommend you read our article on the most common repairs needed after a home inspection – we did a deep dive on over 15,000 reports to highlight the most important repair items you should be looking out for!

Home Inspection checklist for Buyers

When our team is analyzing repairs for our home inspection cost calculator, we focus mainly on the “BIG FIVE” systems. Namely:


These are the areas where we most commonly see big ticket items that can total thousands of dollars in needed repairs. 

Yes, there are other areas of the home that can be expensive to repair (think drain lines/sewers), but generally these 5 above are where you can find larger issues over 90% of the time. So we would say focus your attention on these areas first. 


Home Inspection checklist for Sellers

Although it’s not always possible to get a full pre-listing inspection, it isn’t too hard to use our home inspection checklist above to give you house a quick going over for major warning signs BEFORE you put it on the market. 

Remember, something that seems minor to you could present a big problem to a potential buyer, so it’s best to fix and remedy any issues now before they become a problem. 

Luckily most defects in a home can be easily repaired or replaced, but there are some warning signs we would suggest doing more investigation on before you list. These are:

Evidence of mold/bacterial growth
Foundation issues
Active leaks/water penetration

If you wait for a BUYER to find items like these, often they can kill the deal before it’s even started. These types of defects usually require extensive testing and investigation and it’s simply not possible to adequately determine and repair these issues during a contingency or inspection period. 

So often the buyer gets nervous, and simply cancels the contract rather than extending it indefinitely. 

Much better to address the issues upfront before you list, and simply make them a non-issue. 

This way you have a better chance of making sure that any accepted contract actually proceeds smoothly to closing without becoming a “dead duck” because of something that could have been fixed weeks ago. 

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