House Inspection Checklist

Smart homeowners learn how to examine their homes. Houses should be inspected on a quarterly basis so that minor problems are detected before they become major projects. It is a good idea to get your entire family involved, especially your kids. Children will enjoy learning to see the details of a home and how the various parts contribute to the integrity of the whole house. Kids can also help take pictures of your home each season and note the changes over time. Walk through and check these areas every three months:

  • Check for water penetration, cracks, and leaks in these areas:
    • Roof
    • Chimney
    • Attic
    • Water valves
    • Pipes
    • Dishwasher & ice maker water lines
    • Crawl space
    • Leaky faucets
    • Washers
  • Check for proper water drainage in these areas:
    • Grading alongside exterior walls
    • Exterior drains
    • Sump pumps
    • Gutters
    • Downspouts
    • Driveway
  • Ensure adequate ventilation and clean debris from these areas:
    • Attic vents
    • Air vents
    • Forced air ducts
    • Crawl spaces
  • Inspect these areas for deterioration, signs of termites, or water penetration:
    • Exterior siding
    • Exterior trim
    • Exterior caulking
    • Windows
    • Window trim
    • Deck
    • Fences
  • Ensure these areas of your home are in proper operation:
    • Automatic garage door
    • Heating & cooling system
    • Water shutoff valves
    • Fire extinguishers
    • Smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
    • Electric outlet covers
    • Water purification and softener filters
    • Water heater pressure and temperature relief valves
    • Air conditioning filter
    • Steam system safety valve
  • Perform a thorough cleaning of the following:
    • Range hood filter
    • Range burners
    • Wall-mounted heat pump filters
    • Clothes dryer lint screen
    • Air intakes
    • Garbage disposal with vinegar ice cubes
    • Appliances
  • Add or replace gutter leaf guards if necessary
  • Keep gable vents open if you don’t have ridge vents
  • Leave chimney dampers open if your home is not air-conditioned
  • Seal drafty doors and windows
  • Prune shrubs near house siding and AC units
  • Make note of any deteriorating or insecure wiring and call a professional to address the issue (do not touch or attempt to fix any wiring on your own)

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