Home Inspection Checklist

By Izak Swanepoel - 14 hours ago

Home Inspection Checklist

One of the most worrying aspects of buying a new property is going through the home inspection checklist to make sure everything is in order. After all, you don't want to overlook anything that will later become a potentially costly problem for you.

A buyer's home inspection checklist is not only to make sure everything is ready for your move, but also to alert you to any major issues that could mean you shouldn't buy the property at all. This is especially important if it is a potential investment property, as new tenants will come to you with the problems. The main goal is to make sure that the property you buy is exactly what you expected and that you get what you paid for.

What to look for in a new home inspection

It is important to note that a professional building inspector will check your home for major problems, such as structural issues, damaged fixtures or anything that needs replacing.

It's a good idea to have a pest inspection done to avoid problems later on. You don't want to find out after the fact that you could have prevented a problem due to termites or some other pest. This is also a good opportunity to be aware of potential future pest problems due to the location of your home and the materials used in it's construction.

For homes with a swimming pool, an inspection of the pool fence, the surrounding area and the pool itself is crucial. For safety reasons, make sure this is done regularly.

It is also a good idea to get a report showing the boundaries of your property so you can understand exactly where your property starts and ends.

The house inspection checklist

1. Plumbing

Water pressure and drainage can be checked by flushing the toilet and running all the taps, shower and bathtub, checking for leaks, drainage problems or low pressure.

2. Doors and windows

Check for draughts with the windows closed, open and close everything to make sure everything is working properly. Check for cracked safety glass and windows.

3. Floors

Check for bumps, dents, deformations and inspect the edges where the walls and floor meet.

4. Electricity

Turn the switches on and off and test each outlet with something, such as your phone charger, to make sure it is working properly.

5. Cabinets and Drawers

Open and close all cupboards and drawers. Look for odours that could indicate mould or poor ventilation.

6. Walls

Check the paint, especially corners and window frames. Look out for any holes drilled in the walls.

7. Exterior

A general check for aesthetic defects.

8. Wall plaster

Look for fine cracks in the plaster of the interior wall, which may be caused by improper application of the plaster. The plaster may crack further and cause a bigger problem later on.

9. Exterior roof lines

Make sure that the roof lines are straight and have no deviations. Also check the top gutters to ensure that they are not corroded and that all roof gutters are draining into rainwater leaks.

10. Drainage holes on exterior walls

Especially in multi-storey houses, window and door frames at suspended ceilings should have small holes through which water can drain to prevent water from seeping into the interior walls.


This house inspection checklist is meant to serve as a general guide to prepare you for a professional home inspection. A knowledgeable home inspector with industry experience is highly recommended before purchasing a property.

Choose your homes inspector wisely, as their experience and thoroughness vary vastly. A typical inspection should last two to three hours, and it is a good idea to be there to get a first-hand explanation of any findings. It is also a good opportunity to ask any questions you may have about potential problems with the property.

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