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Buying a new home is an exciting time, but you want to make sure your new home is in good condition before you make this big decision. A home inspection is a normal part of the home buying and selling process.

It’s like a “test drive” for your new home. An inspector will check to see if there are problems with the structure, foundation, electricity, plumbing, and more.

An inspector will do a thorough investigation of the home to identify potential problems the seller should fix. There could be a serious issue that would lead the buyer to rethink the purchase.

If you’re buying or selling a home, you want to know what the home inspection will include. Take a look at this home inspection checklist to help you learn the details.

Grounds and Exterior 

During a home inspection, the inspector should take a look at the home’s exterior and the general condition of the home and property. The inspection should include an analysis of drainage and grading, standing water or leaks, and the foundation and siding.

They will note current or potential water issues, including flooding, standing puddles, or downspouts.

The inspector should examine the landscaping, paint, driveway, garage, patio, stairs, driveway, and any other outdoor structures on the property. They should document any damage to the home’s exterior.

Door, Windows, and Roof

Exterior structural repairs are expensive, so the inspector should examine the current condition and the predictive lifespan of these elements. The inspector will examine the roof, including the chimney, shingles, vents, gutters, flashing, soffits, and fascia boards.

The inspector is looking for any defects in the roof, chimney, and skylights that could cause potential water issues.

They will look for any window or door issues such as rot and decay, cracking, problems with caulk, improper or inferior installation, and other signs of damage.

A home’s windows and doors are important. They help keep the heat in, the cold out, and electric bills low. For this reason, you want to know if the windows and doors are secure and in working condition.

Attic Space 

Some homebuyers overlook the attic space when visiting a home, but it may hold clues about the overall integrity of the home itself. An inspector will examine the ventilation, plumbing, exhaust pipes, and insulation.

They should look for signs of structural damage. This is very important because structural damage can be costly to repair. The examiner should also look for signs of pests in the attic space.

Interior Rooms

When you think of the interior rooms of your new home, you may worry about paint color and flooring options, but there’s more to consider. Interior rooms can reveal a lot about a home’s structural integrity.

The inspector will evaluate the walls, ceilings, floors, interior doors, lights and outlets, paint and trim, thermostats, and fireplaces.

Basement or Crawl Space

The basement is another area the inspector will look at. It’s important to check for moisture, water damage, and mold. In addition, they will look for any structural, foundation, or insulation problems.

Crawl spaces could have similar issues so should also be on the checklist.

The Kitchen

A kitchen is the heart of the home, and you want it in top shape. The inspector will take a look at the plumbing and water flow, electrical outlets, cabinets, drawers, and lighting. 

It’s important to make sure the appliances are in working order and that their size and functionality match the needs of the home. They’ll check to ensure the range hood fan vents to the outside and that there’s no leaking under the kitchen sink. 


Bathroom remodels can be pricey, so you want to make sure your new bathrooms will be functional and up-to-date. An inspector will check the flooring, sinks, tub, shower, tiles, fan, fixtures, and caulking.

It’s important to note the water flow and pressure as well as checking the plumbing and looking for any leakage.

Electric and Plumbing Systems

A thorough home inspection should include an evaluation of the heating and cooling system as well as the electrical and plumbing system. The inspector will recognize the age and the expected lifespan of these systems.

The HVAC inspection includes a check of the airflow, filters, ventilation, ductwork, and flues. The inspector will also look for any signs of rust, asbestos, or unusual odor.

The electrical system inspection includes examining wiring, cables, breakers, fuses, and electrical panels. They’ll examine the plumbing system for any leakage or pipe damage and check to make sure the water heater and pump are running smoothly.

What You Can Do

Talk to your home inspector before they do the inspection. Discuss your concerns about the home or property.

If the home’s current owner has disclosed damage, relay this to the inspector, as well.

You can accompany the inspector as they inspect the home. It’s a good idea to be aware of the home’s systems and potential problems.

Having a home inspector check out the home before you buy can save you money down the road. They can show you problems that the seller should address before you buy the home.

This could save you from paying for those repairs after you move in. Your home is a major investment and you want to know as much as you can about it.

You don’t want any expensive surprises popping up after you settle into your new home.

Home Inspection Checklist

If you are buying a new home, a home inspection is in your best interest. You may be in love with your soon-to-be new home, but you should know if there are problems. 

Knowing the home’s issues helps you negotiate with the seller to have them fix the problems or lower their asking price.

When you choose a home inspector, ask them about their home inspection checklist. 

If you need a thorough home inspection in the Northeast Ohio area, we are ready for the job. Contact us today.