Inspection Details

How to prepare for a home inspection

We recommend that you prepare yourself for the home inspection by making a list of areas of the home you want checked before the inspector arrives. Your checklist should include:

  • Foundation
  • Roof
  • Attic space
  • Rain gutters and downspouts
  • Exterior stucco or paint
  • Electrical panel, light switches, and power outlets
  • Thermostats and heating, cooling, and ventilation (HVAC) system
  • Plumbing fixtures, faucets, and water heater
  • Appliances
  • Walls, ceilings, and floors
  • Doors and windows
  • Stairs, steps, and railings
  • Porches and balconies
  • Walkways and driveways
  • Basement
  • Garage

An inspection should take at least a few hours. We recommend trying to be present at the end of the inspection so you can find out as much possible about the home’s condition, take your own notes and photographs, and ask about anything that concerns you.