Buyer/Seller Inspections Guide
1._____The doorbell does it work? Is it loose?
2._____From the ground, look at your roof for missing shingles. Chimney?
3._____Are the gutters and downspouts loose, damaged, or clogged?
4._____Are ventilation screens at the attic gable and soffit vents in place and undamaged?
5._____Are there any cracks in the foundation walls?
6._____Does any exposed wood need painting?
7._____Are there any wires (electric, cable, phone) hanging loose on the exterior siding?
8._____Are there any holes or other damage to siding, doors, and windows?
9._____Are exterior outlets protected from weather and not in permanent use for landscape lighting or irrigation controls?
10._____Are retaining walls cracked or leaning?
11._____Are there trip hazards in walkways, driveways, and stairways from deterioration, damage, or storage?
12._____Are guardrails and handrails loose or damaged at stairways, decks, balconies, and porches.
1._____Are bathtubs, showers, and shower doors damaged?
2._____Do carbon monoxide detectors work?
3._____Do smoke alarms work, and are they are present on each floor of multi-story houses and in each bedroom?
4._____Are kitchen and bathroom countertops loose?
5._____Do doors (including closet doors and cabinet doors), drawers, and windows work?
6._____Is there missing, loose, or damaged hardware on doors (including closet doors and cabinet doors), drawers (stops and guides), and windows.
7._____Are glass panes loose or cracked in windows and doors?
8._____Do latches/locks work on doors (including closet doors and cabinet doors), drawers, and windows?
9._____Are screen windows damaged?
10._____Is there excessive storage in closets, attic, or garage?
11._____Are there any holes or other damage to walls and ceilings?
12._____Are there any unexplained moisture stains on ceilings and walls; around doors and windows; near sinks, toilets, bathtubs, and showers; and near the dishwasher?
13._____Are guardrails and handrails in stairways loose, missing, or damaged?
14._____Are baseboards and door and window moldings loose, damaged, or missing?
15._____Are any tiles (floor, walls, and countertops) loose or damaged?
16._____Do all kitchen appliances work?
17._____Is there soot, cobwebs, or wildlife in the fireplace and lower areas of the chimney?
18._____Does the fireplace damper open and close easily?
19._____Do you have any receipts or warranty papers for any work done on the property, particularly for inspections and work done to prepare the property for sale?
1._____Do all the stoppers work in bathtubs and sinks?
2._____Are any drains clogged or abnormally slow?
3._____Are any toilet seats loose or damaged?
4._____Are faucets dripping or leaking around the base?
5._____Do your faucet handles have a stop action on them?
6._____Are any hot and cold water pipes reversed at sinks, bathtubs, or showers? (Cold on the right, hot on the left!)
7._____Is the caulk or grout in sinks, bathtubs, and showers all black and cracked?
8._____Do you have safe and easy access to water shutoff valves (street curb, water heater, sinks, toilets, etc.).
9._____Do you have safe and easy access to gas shutoff valves (meter, furnace, water heater, etc.).
10._____Are toilets loose at the floor?
11._____Are toilet tanks loose?
1._____Do you have safe and easy access to electric panels?
2._____Do ceiling fans work on all speeds?
3._____Do ceiling fans wobble or make weird noises?
4._____Are all light bulbs working?
5._____Do you have any damaged or loose outlets or light switches, including covers for outlets and switches?
6._____Do you have a lot of extension cords and outlet multipliers?
7._____Do all outlets work?
8._____Do you have outdated two-prong outlets?
9._____Do you have GFCI outlets in the kitchen, bathrooms, garage, and exterior?
10._____Do exhaust fans work in kitchen, bathrooms, and laundry area?
11._____Do all electrical junction boxes have covers?
- Scott and Andrea Valentine
- Rex Teirney
- Misty Garrett Zabel