Do-It-Yourself Home Inspection Checklist

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will make in your life, so you want to do it right.

The inspection is one of the most important parts of buying a home. We’ve put together this DIY checklist to show you what to look for when visiting your home.

So let’s begin!

1Walls and Ceilings
Two of the first things to check when entering a home are the walls and ceilings. Even if it’s not your first thought, these two things can tell you a lot about the condition of your home.

Are there any cracks, dents or dents in the walls or ceiling? It can be a warning sign of founding problems that can be a serious and costly problem.

If you don’t see anything on the walls or ceiling, check the windows and doors.Make sure they open and close without sticking. Doors and windows that won’t open and close can also indicate foundation problems.

Safe, don’t panic if you come across sticky glass. It could be anything: a bad window.

Also check the walls for signs of pests such as termites or large rodents such as mice.The last thing you want to do is move into a house that’s already occupied by bugs or animals.

If you notice signs of pests, it doesn’t mean you have to give up your home. Instead, speak to the dealer about termite destruction and barrier options. Maybe they will take care of the problem for you.

You may not be able to see the pipes themselves, but take the time to make sure the plumbing is working.

Starts on all sinks in bathrooms, kitchens, garages, etc. Do you have the right equipment? Do they have good water pressure? Does the drain work?

Then proceed to baths and showers, toilets and other water-related facilities. You should also check the basement to make sure it isn’t damp or full of leaks.