BPG Inspection’s Home Inspection Checklist

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Home inspections aren’t just for negotiating the asking price with the seller. They’re detailed reports that cover major home systems and give you insight into what’s in good condition and what needs repair or replacement. You wouldn’t buy a new car that hasn’t passed strict quality control checks, would you? So shouldn’t your new home meet the same requirements? Make sure your new home is in the best condition with BPG Inspection’s Home Inspection Checklist.

 

Foundation

Check for cracks in the walls and ceilings of each room. Whether they appear to be structural or cosmetic, it’s best to get a second opinion and hire a BPG home inspector. Serious structural damage such as a sinking foundation and uneven floorboards can affect the framing of the home, leading to severe consequences later on.

Floor structure
Wall structure
House foundation

 

Roof & Attic

Roof inspections are important for determining the condition of the roof. A qualified inspector can pinpoint problem areas and reduce the chances of a weak roof damaging your home. Have your roof inspected once a year to minimize the possibilities of costly and unexpected repair.

Ventilation: soffit vents, ridge vents, roof vents, and gable vents
Insulation
Gutters
Shingles

 

Electrical

Prevent fire hazards by checking the home’s electrical system. Are GFCI’s in place? Are there any malfunctions? Are the amps sufficient or does the circuit breaker blow from too much power? Hire a qualified inspector to identify potential safety problems within the home.

Light fixtures, switches, and receptacles
Conductors, cables, and raceways
Overcurrent protection devices

 

Plumbing

Is there low water pressure? Are the pipes in good condition? Are any of the drains clogged or backed up? Make sure all the plumbing is in good working order — plumbing issues can escalate quickly and result in costly damages.

Fixtures and faucets
Water heater
Sump pumps and sewage ejectors
Drain and waste systems

 

Heating & Cooling

It’s important to understand how your new home’s heating and cooling systems work. A qualified BPG home inspector can identify any malfunctions or mechanical components in need of repair. Understanding the full condition of how your system is heating and cooling can save energy and money.

Thermostat
Vents, exhaust systems, flues, and chimney
Insulation
Ductwork

 

Exterior

Make sure your home’s exterior is in good condition and protected from harsh climates. If a home isn’t properly maintained, it can deteriorate at a faster pace, resulting in serious damage. Have all decks, patios, and steps inspected to make sure there is no structural damage posing safety hazards.

Walls, flashing, and trim
Doors
Decks, balconies, steps, and porches
Walkways, patios, and driveway

 

Interior

When buying a new home, it’s easy to get caught up in the features and design throughout each room. Remember: functionality, then design. Are the countertops and cabinets chipped or cracked? Does the garage door open properly? Are the stairs and railings safe and in good condition?

Walls, ceilings, and floors
Stairs and railings
Countertops and cabinets
Doors and windows
Garage doors and operators
Kitchen appliances

 

Even after glancing over our Home Inspection Checklist, it’s best to hire a qualified professional from a reputable company. At BPG Inspections, our home inspectors meet or exceed state licensing requirements and industry standards.

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