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Home Inspection Checklist

A-Pro Home Inspection Checklist

home inspection checklist

BUYING A HOME, BEWARE 

 

Buying a home of your dreams typically consumes all of your resources as well as everything you can borrow. You sure don’t want to wake up one morning after moving in to your new home to thousands of dollars of unexpected repair bills. Hiring a home inspector can translate into ENORMOUS savings whether you are a home buyer or seller. To start with, you need to be sure that the home inspector is “CHI®” certified. “CHI” Certified Home Inspector performs a comprehensive 500-point home inspection including a foundation levelness test or what’s known as a “foundation level survey.” These highly trained Inspection Training Institute graduates can identify ever so slight defects that are not visible to home buyers or sellers. Home buyers who inspect their prospective homes by themselves take a huge risk since they are not qualified to conduct a wide-ranging 500 point home inspection. You say, well I’m a contractor or I have a good understanding of the basic mechanics of a home–we say, you too should defer from taking this type gamble. Even if you only missed 10 of the 500 points– it don’t make financially sense to do it yourself. See next paragraph “Pre-Purchase home inspection checklist”.

 

PRE-PURCHASE HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST


Therefore, having a pre-purchase inspection before signing on the bottom-line can translate into a reduced selling price or repairs to unknown defects at the sellers cost. Even though the seller is offering the house “as is”, there’s always wiggle room for further negotiation. Of course, there is a limit to what any inspector can discover because home inspections are visual inspections and moving furniture or pictures, opening walls, and so forth is not allowed. Then again, there may be times when servicing a system or component may be recommended by the “CHI” Certified Home Inspector and this too is normally paid for by the seller. The overall purpose of a pre-purchase home inspection is to reduce as much risk to the buyer as possible.

It is important to accompany the “CHI” Certified Home Inspector during the home inspection because it’s a great educational opportunity to learn more about the home. The “CHI “Certified home Inspector will be sure that you are not blinded by a freshly painted home and or other defects hard to identify without a trained eye.

 

STRUCTURAL HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Familiarize yourself with the following systems and components as well as the checklist at the end of the bullets; This should give you a good idea of what your “CHI “Certified home Inspector will be looking for with his/her trained eye.

  • Defects in the walls, roof framing, exterior wall framing, interior framing, or cracks in the foundation may indicate a serious structural problem that may be the result of poor structural design, foundation settlement, poor construction techniques, improper structural modification, water damage, termite damage or other causes.
  • Raising up a house to replace damaged structural components, or underpinning a defective foundation wall is a major expense.
  • The home inspector has the experience, education and expertise to evaluate structural problems. This is one of the reasons why retaining the services of an “CHI” Certified Home Inspector to conduct your home inspection instead of a home inspector who is not “CHI” certified is advantageous.
  • Make sure your “CHI” Certified Home Inspector performs a “Foundation Level Survey™” (SECTION 2.01) to determine the levelness of the foundation which is in many times the cause of structural defects.
  • Please note that most standards of practice do NOT require home inspectors to check the foundation levelness. As an example, foundation levelness testing is not required by ASHI®, NAHI® or InterNACHI®.
  • To download a illustrative Foundation Handbook including checklist click here.
  • To see what’s inspected by your “CHI” home inspection checklist for structures click here.

 

ROOFING HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Wear on a roof may be visible if Familiarize yourself with the following systems and components as well as the checklist at the end of the bullets; This should give you a good idea of what your “CHI “Certified home Inspector will be looking for with his/her trained eye.

  •  the wear is very advanced but a roof that is starting to age is a more of a subtle defect that the “CHI” Certified Home Inspector can expose.
  • Resurfacing a roof can be a huge undertaking and costs thousands of dollars; if the existing roofing surface needs to be removed prior to re-roofing it can cost even more. This major expense may be paid by the seller if it wasn’t identified in the disclosure documentation.
  • To see what’s inspected by your “CHI” home inspection checklist for roofing click here.

 

EXTERIOR HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Familiarize yourself with the following systems and components as well as the checklist at the end of the bullets; This should give you a good idea of what your “CHI “Certified home Inspector will be looking for with his/her trained eye.

  • The siding or exterior of the house should be carefully inspected because it too can cost thousands of dollars to repair or replace.
  • Homes constructed prior to 1978 may contain lead paint which can be a problem if there is wide spread deterioration of the paint surface. Lead-based paint is hazardous to your health. Your “CHI” Certified Home Inspector home inspector may recommend further evaluation by a specialist to perform an    X-ray evaluation of the paint surface for lead content. To properly eradicate lead paint can cost thousands of dollars.
  • Replacement of older windows can cost thousands of dollars too. Your “CHI” Certified Home Inspector can make sure you don’t overlook this possible deficiency.
  •  Your “CHI” Certified home inspector will make sure that the land around the home is properly graded and diverts water away from the home. This will help to reduce the possibility of water intrusion into the home and also help prevent potential vermin activity.
  • To see what’s inspected by your “CHI” home inspection checklist for exteriors click here.

ELECTRICAL HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Familiarize yourself with the following systems and components as well as the checklist at the end of the bullets; This should give you a good idea of what your “CHI “Certified home Inspector will be looking for with his/her trained eye.

  • There are many home wiring safety hazards with electrical systems. The government claims over 46,000 fires per year are caused by home electrical systems. Your “CHI” home inspector can help you identify these hazards before signing on the bottom line.
  • At the outset of the electrical inspection, the “CHI” Certified Home Inspector will determine the size of the service to determine if it is adequately sized for the home; installing an upgraded electrical service into a home can cost a thousand dollars or more.
  • The electrical system should then be checked by removing the cover plate from the electric service panel. Once the wiring is exposed, the “CHI” Certified Home Inspector looks for problems in the panel such as undersized or oversized wiring, burned wiring, overfused circuits(the fuse or circuit breaker is too large for the wire size), improper wiring connections, openings in the panel, unprofessionally  installed wiring, and the like.
  • In addition to checking for an adequate quantity of electrical switches and convenience outlets in the house, the outlets should be checked for open ground and wiring reversal conditions.
  • The “CHI” home inspector will also check to make sure GFCI receptacles are in installed in proper places, for example, near wet area, sinks, bathrooms and the like.
  • Exposed wiring, dead ended wiring and other faulty wiring will be noted as a  safety hazard in your home inspection report.
  • Homes wired in the mid 60’s to mid 70’s may have aluminum wiring and if so, the “CHI” Certified Home Inspector  should determine if an approved retrofit has been installed at the wiring connections; if not, a potential fire safety hazard exists.
  • If the home is very old, it may have knob and tube wiring. According to HUD, Knob and tube wiring is acceptable if found to be in good condition and a minimum of 60-amps. Otherwise, is this is obsolete wiring that can be hazardous. Extensive rewiring replacement can cost thousands of dollars.
  • To see what’s inspected by your “CHI” home inspection checklist for structures click here.

INSULATION/VENTALATION HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Familiarize yourself with the following systems and components as well as the checklist at the end of the bullets; This should give you a good idea of what your “CHI “Certified home Inspector will be looking for with his/her trained eye.

  • Insulation keeps your home warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
  • What are the Recommended Levels of Insulation for a home.
  • Proper ventilation in a home is more important than many home buyers may think. Inadequate ventilation in an attic can result in accelerated deterioration of the structural roof deck. If this occurs, a major expense will be incurred to remove and replace the roofing shingles and roof deck, and in extreme cases–the roof rafters.
  • For a free homeowner’s ventilation guide click here.
  •  To see what’s inspected by your “CHI” home inspection checklist for insulation/ventilation click here.

 

PLUMBING HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Familiarize yourself with the following systems and components as well as the checklist at the end of the bullets; This should give you a good idea of what your “CHI “Certified home Inspector will be looking for with his/her trained eye.

  • The “CHI” Certified Home Inspector will determine the type of pipe that supplies water to the house from the municipal main in the street.
  • Keep in mind, that all buildings settle and that over time, usually 25-30 years or so, the plumbing under the foundation may begin to cause problems, such as, slow draining pipes and repetitive clogs. Since these type problems can cost in some cases over ten thousand dollars to repair, you may want to ask your “CHI” home inspector to perform a pipeline video inspection. An inspection of this type typically cost about $350 and can easily pay for itself.
  • Old lead and galvanized steel water supply pipes, replacement costs thousands of dollars. Be sure that your “CHI” Certified Home Inspector checks the piping distribution in the house for type of material and condition looking for deterioration, incompatible piping materials, and leaks.
  • Your “CHI” Certified Home Inspector will carry a moisture meter to evaluate any suspect plaster or wall board on the ceilings and walls caused by water leaks; replacing the piping network in the walls and ceilings is a major expense that can cost thousands of dollars.
  • Be sure that the “CHI” Certified Home Inspector checks all of the fixtures and faucets for proper operation, and also checks tiled bathtub and shower enclosures for integrity.
  • Replacement of tiles in a bathroom, or replacement of a shower pan can run in the thousands of dollars.
  • To see what’s inspected by your “CHI” home inspection checklist for plumbing click here.

HVAC HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Familiarize yourself with the following systems and components as well as the checklist at the end of the bullets; This should give you a good idea of what your “CHI “Certified home Inspector will be looking for with his/her trained eye.

  • The home inspection “CHI” Certified Home Inspector should test the central air-conditioning system to be sure that it is cooling properly.
  • Replacement of an air-conditioning compressor can cost two to five thousand dollars.
  • Defective furnace heat exchangers is not always easy to uncover and can release deadly carbon monoxide into the home. Replacement can cost three to four thousand dollars.
  • Leaking boilers systems will also require replacement as such the cost is three to five thousand dollars. Your “CHI” Certified Home Inspector should look for these major defects.
  • The “CHI” Certified Home Inspector will be sure that the heat distribution is satisfactory and that the heat distribution piping or ductwork is in good condition.
  • Safety concerns such as defective controls, inoperative emergency switches, and evidence of past malfunctions and carbon monoxide emissions must be carefully investigated by the “CHI” Certified Home Inspector.
  • Plan on replacing any system twenty years or older with a modern efficient heating system.
  • Beware of special problems associated with radiant floor heating and other floor type heating systems as they may cause a safety hazard.
  • The “CHI” Certified Home Inspector should advise you to have underground oil storage tanks tested for reliability; a leaking underground oil storage tank can cause thousands of dollars of environmental damage.
  • Another environmental concern is the existence of insulation that may contain asbestos and is especially hazardous if the material is friable. The “CHI” Certified Home Inspector will advise you to have any suspect material laboratory tested.
  • To see what’s inspected by your “CHI” home inspection checklist for HVAC systems click here

 

INTERIOR HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Familiarize yourself with the following systems and components as well as the checklist at the end of the bullets; This should give you a good idea of what your “CHI “Certified home Inspector will be looking for with his/her trained eye.

  • The basement areas of the home should also be thoroughly checked for signs of water intrusion, such as stains, mildew, odor, dampness, efflorescence on the walls and floors, and damaged and or cupping floors which is many times caused by moisture. These defects that can cost thousands of dollars to repair.
  • “CHI” Certified Home Inspectors look for water proofing systems, sump pumps, and so forth, in the basement; these systems can help to reduce the risk of water flooding in the basement. If a house needs water proofing measures, this too can run into the thousands of dollars.
  • To see what’s inspected by your “CHI” home inspection checklist for interiors click here.

 

BUILT-IN APPLIANCE HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Familiarize yourself with the following systems and components as well as the checklist at the end of the bullets; This should give you a good idea of what your “CHI “Certified home Inspector will be looking for with his/her trained eye.

  • Replacement or repair of defective appliances can cost hundreds, if not, thousands of dollars. The systems tested are: dishwasher through its normal cycle.
  • It’s important to note that ONLY, ISHI®  standards require “CHI” inspectors to inspect all built -in appliances.  As example, appliances are not required to be inspected by ASHI®, NAHI® or InterNACHI® standards of practice.
  • Range, cook top, and oven; Trash compactor; Garbage disposal, ventilation equipment or range hood; microwave oven; Central Vacuum System; and any other built-In-Appliance are items that are inspected.
  • To see what’s inspected by your “CHI” home inspection checklist for appliances click here.

Non built-in appliances such as clothes washers and dryers, Refrigeration units such as freezers, refrigerators, and ice makers may be at an additional fee.

 

DEFERRED MAINTENANCE CAN BE INDICATIVE OF MAJOR PROBLEMS WHEN BUYING A HOME

  • Beware of homes where deferred maintenance is evident. The cost to service the home and bring it up to standard can run into the thousands.
  • Beware of homes where there is obvious plumbing and electrical work, as well as structural additions and renovations that were not installed professionally and were most likely installed by the home owner; correcting these defects can cost thousands of dollars.

 

OTHER IMPORTANT HOME BUYING OR HOME SELLING FACTS AND HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

  • It is preferable to retain the services of a “CHI” certified home inspector who issues a full written report detailing what is wrong, why it’s wrong, and what needs to be done to correct the uncovered defects. It’s just important to make sure that your inspector has the knowledge of reporting the positive attributes of the home as well. When making such a huge buying decision this can help you keep the existing home in proper prospective.
  • Checklist home inspection reports such as checking off good, fair, poor, and the like are inadequate. Typically, these home inspection reports consist of check lists handed to you at the end of an inspection that leave you wondering what to do next.
  • Be sure that you retain the services of an “CHI” Certified Home Inspector whose door is always open for future questions and or follow up inspections which gives you the details you need to make the biggest investment of your life.
  • Take a copy of the home buyers’ home inspection checklist when you visiting perspective homes, when you see a home that you might consider, use the check list to make notes. You will find this check list to be an invaluable resource to help you remember what you’ve seen and will be an important aid when you accompany your professional “CHI” Certified Home Inspector during your home inspection.
  • As a home buyer or seller understand the advantages of retaining the services of a “CHI” Certified Home Inspector who performs a comprehensive 500-point home inspection.

 

Any questions at all, just call Senior Inspector Hudson  at 1-615-567-4151–  he can do it all!

 

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