Home Inspection Checklist: What Our Inspectors Look For (Infographic)

Date Published: September 20, 2017

Home Inspection Checklist Info graphic: Exterior, Foundation, Roof, Plumbing, Electrical, Heating, Cooling, Interior, Appliances, Garage, Lawn Sprinklers, Inspector checklist

The Importance of Having a Home Inspection Checklist

Buying a house is a big investment and because of that, we need to make sure we get your home inspection right. But a house has many different facets, so we break down our inspections into an organized home inspection checklist. No matter what type of house, how old it is, or where it is built, our inspectors follow a specific procedure in order to be extremely thorough and maximize the time spent at the inspection.

At Scott Home Inspection, we use a mobile inspection software on site that contains this checklist and we add our findings under each category. As you can see in the graphic above, the sum of all these categories should cover every piece of an average home. There are a few less common sections that are not part of the graphic, but we wanted to be as general as possible. Let’s take a deeper look into each piece.

Exterior, Lots & Grounds

The exterior section of the report is where most inspections will start. In this category, we look at the overall condition of the exterior ground level systems. This is one of the most important categories because the exterior systems protect your home from the elements. What we look at includes the following:

  • Wall coverings (siding), Flashing, and Trim
  • Eaves, soffits, and Fascias
  • Doors and Windows
  • Decks, balconies, steps, porches etc
  • Driveways and walkways
  • Grading and drainage

Foundations, Basement, and Crawlspaces

A house’s foundation is the base for the whole home. We do everything we can to find any foundation issues or potential issues with the home. This includes visual inspections of the exterior foundation wall, basement or crawlspace foundations, concrete slab defects, and cracking or settling. Foundation problems can be one of the most expensive repairs so it is important that a good overview is performed. We look at the following categories:

  • Foundations, Basements, and Crawlspaces
  • Columns or Piers
  • Floors and walls
  • Basement/Crawlspace insulation
  • Crawlspace Vapor Barriers and Openings

Roofing, Attic, and Ventilation

Everything above the house is just as important as below. The roof and attic are some of the most asked about items during an inspection. The roofing material is visually examined during an inspection, and we always enter every attic. This also includes the ventilation of the attic and all the flues and chimneys that penetrate the roofing material. Here is what we look for:

  • Roof Coverings
  • Chimneys, Flashing and Roof Penetrations
  • Gutters and Downspouts
  • Ventilation of Attic
  • Roof Structure and Attic
  • Attic Insulation and Vapor Retarders

Plumbing Systems

Next on our home inspection checklist is the plumbing. During an inspection, we test every fixture, faucet, and drain line in the home. We look for leaks, pressure issues, and known problematic piping material. Water damage is a huge concern when buying a home, so it is important to get a full overview. This also includes the hot water heater systems. Here are the plumbing items we look for.

  • Water and Fuel Shut-Offs
  • Water