Home Inspection Checklist
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Grounds

Proper yard drainage away from house
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No evidence of standing water
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No leaks from septic tanks or leech fields
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Yard, landscaping, trees and walkways in good condition
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No branches or bushes touching the house or overhanging the roof
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Exterior structures (fences, sheds, decks, retaining walls, detaches garages) in good condition, no evidence of termite damage or rotted wood
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Railings on stairs and decks are adequate and secure
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Driveways, sidewalks, patios, entrance landings in good condition, and pitched away from structure
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Downspout drainage directed away from structure
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Structure

Side of house appears straight, not bowed or sagging
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Window and door frames appear square (especially bowed windows)
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Visible foundation in good condition - appears straight, plumb, with no significant cracks
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Ridge and fascia board lines appear straight and level
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Exterior Surfaces

Adequate clearance between ground and wood siding materials; no wood-to-earth contact
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Siding: no cracking, curling, loose, rot or decay
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Masonry veneers: no cracks in joints, no broken, spalling, or flaking components
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Stucco: no large cracks (discuss all stucco cracks with a professional inspector)
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Vinyl or aluminium siding: no dents, damage, no bowing or loose siding
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No vines on surface of structure
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Exterior paint or stain: no flaking or blisters
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No stains on exterior surfaces
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REFERENCE: No stains on exterior surfaces [This is an example of how you can use WorkClout to include best practice reference images in your templates to assist with inspections].

Windows, Doors, and Wood Trim

Wood frames and trim pieces are secure, no cracks, rot or decay
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Joints around frames are caulked
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No broken glass (window or storm panes) or damaged screens, no broken double-paned, insulated window seals
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Muntin and mullion glazing compound in good condition
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Storm windows or thermal glass used
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Drip caps installed over windows
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Roof

Exterior venting for eave areas: vents are clean and not painted over
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Gutters: no decay or rust, joints sealed, attached securely to structure, no bending or sagging, no sections of gutter or downspout missing, gutters clean, no mud deposits
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Chimneys: straight, properly flashed, no evidence of damaged bricks or cracked joints, mortar/cement cap in good condition
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Composition tiles / shingles: no curling, no cupping, no loss of granulation particulate, no broken, damaged or missing shingles, no more than two layers of roofing
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Wood tiles / shingles or shakes: no mould, rot or decay, no cracked/broken/missing shingles, no curling
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Flat roofs: no obvious patches, no cracks or splits, minimal blisters/"alligatoring" and wrinkles, no silt deposits (indicates improper drainage), sealed tar at flashings
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Flashing around roof penetrations
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No evidence of excess roofing cement/tar/caulk
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Soffits and fascia: no decay, no stains
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Attic

No stains on underside of roofing, especially around roof penetrations
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No evidence of decay or damage to structure
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Sufficient insulation and properly installed insulation (moisture barrier installed closest to the heated area of the house)
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Adequate ventilation, clear path into attic for air entering through soffit vents, adequately sized gable end louvers, all mechanical ventilation operational
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No plumbing, exhaust or appliance vents terminating in attic
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No open electrical splices
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Interior Rooms

Floors, walls and ceilings appear straight and plumb and level
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No stains on floors, walls or ceilings
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Flooring materials in good condition
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No significant cracks in walls or ceilings
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Windows and exterior doors operate easily and latch properly, no broken glass, no sashes painted shut, no decay; windows and doors have weather-stripping, "weep holes" installed
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Interior doors operate easily and latch properly, no damage or decay, no broken hardware
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Paint, wall covering, and paneling in good condition
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Wood trim installed well and in good condition
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Lights and switches operate properly
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Adequate number of three pronged electrical outlets in each room
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Electrical outlets test properly (spot check)
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Heating/cooling source in each habitable room
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Evidence of adequate insulation in walls
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Fireplace: no cracking or damaged masonry, no evidence of back-drafting (staining on fireplace façade), damper operates properly, flue has been cleaned, flue is lined
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Kitchen

Water flow in sink adequate
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No excessive rust or deterioration on garbage disposal or waste pipes
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Built-in appliances operate properly
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Cabinets in good condition: doors and drawers operate properly
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Working exhaust fan that is vented to the exterior of the building
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Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter ("GFCI") protection for electrical outlets within 6 feet of the sink(s)
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Dishwasher: drains properly, no leaks, baskets, door spring operates properly
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No leaks in pipes under sinks
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Floor in cabinet under sink solid, no stains or decay
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Bathroom

Working exhaust fan that doesn't terminate in the attic space
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Adequate flow and pressure at all fixtures
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Sink, tub and shower drain properly
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Plumbing and cabinet floor under sink in good condition
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If sink is metal, it shows no signs of rust, overflow drain doesn't leak
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Toilet operates properly
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Toilet stable, no rocking, no stains around base
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Caulking in good condition inside and outside of the tub and shower area
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Tub or shower tiles secure, wall surface solid
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No stains or evidence of past leaking around base of bath or shower
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Miscellaneous

Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors where required by local ordinances
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Stairway treads and risers solid
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Stair handrails where needed and in good condition
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Automatic garage door opener operates properly, stops properly for obstacles
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Basement or Mechanical Room

No evidence of moisture
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Exposed foundation; no stains no major cracks, no flaking, no efflorescence
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Visible structural wood: no sagging, no damage, no decay, no stains, no damage from insects, sills attached to foundation with anchor bolts
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Insulation at rim/band joists
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Crawl Space

Adequately vented to exterior
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Insulation on exposed water supply, waste and vent pipes
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Insulation between crawl space and heated areas, installed with vapor barrier towards heated area
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No evidence of insect damage
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No evidence of moisture damage
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Plumbing

Visible pipes: no damage, no evidence of leaks, no signs of stains on materials near pipes; drain pipes slope slightly down towards outlet to septic/sewage system
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Water heater: no signs of rust, vented properly, sized to produce adequate quantities of hot water for the number of bedrooms in the house.
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Water pump: does not short cycle
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Galvanized pipes do not restrict water flow
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Well water test is acceptable
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Hot water temperature between 118 - 125 degrees Fahrenheit or approximately 50 degrees Celcius
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Electrical

No aluminum cable for branch circuits
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Visible wiring: in good condition, no "knob-and-tube" wiring, no exposed splices, cables secured and protected
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Service panel: adequate capacity, all cables attached to panel with cable connectors; fuses or breakers are not overheating
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Heating/Cooling System

Appears to operate well throughout (good air flow on forced hot air systems)
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Flues: no open seams, slopes up to chimney connection
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No rust around cooling unit
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No combustion gas odour
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Air filter(s) clean
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Ductwork in good condition
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No asbestos on heating pipes, water pipes or air ducts
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Separate flues for gas/oil/propane and wood/coal
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Completion

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Name and Signature of Inspector
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