. Home Inspection Checklist For Home Buyers From A Home Inspector

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Home Inspection Checklist

Home Inspection Checklist

ELECTRICAL HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Check to make sure all the light fixtures are installed properly and not broken

Turn on all the lights to make sure they work.

Bring a radio to plug in to test out the electric receptacles.

Make sure the three-way switches turn on and off from both switches (they are sometimes mis-wired)

Ring the doorbell to make sure it works (front and back doors).

HEATING AND COOLING HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Turn up the heat and air conditioning (weather permitting) to make sure they are functioning.

If you have a hot air and or air conditioning system make sure there is there adequate air flow through the heating and cooling registers.

If you have radiators or convectors are they getting warm?

KITCHEN HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Turn on all the appliances to check for leaks and to determine if they function properly.

Countertops and cabinets are frequently damaged during construction or moving, check them for damages.

Open the cabinet doors and pull out the drawers to check for damages and to be sure they function.

GENERAL HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

If you were smart enough to hire a professional home inspector now is your last chance to think “were all my questions answered that you had for the home inspector?” If not get the home inspector on the phone NOW!

Same for any questions you asked the homeowner – were they answered in writing to your satisfaction?

If the owner agreed to fix anything did they? I have yet to reinspect a home for a home buyer and find the home seller fixed all the items they said they would. You may have better luck than I do but do not count on it.

If professionals make repairs have you been given warranties and guarantees?

Many times home inspectors provide home buyers with recommendations. Have all the home inspectors recommendations been implemented? Did you obtain all recommended additional inspections and have the suggested invasive inspections performed? OR can you afford to take open-ended risks?

EXTERIOR HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Windows and screens are easily damaged. Access to them could have been blocked during your home inspection. Check the operation of the windows and screens?

Has grading been improved in order to stop water from accumulating near the building? If the answer is NO you are advised to EXPECT water infiltration. It is not IF it is WHEN will water infiltration occur.

Deterioration of decks, doors, siding, windows and exterior surfaces occurs on an ongoing basis. Do a final check to see if additional damages have occurred since you last saw the home.

Check for water infiltration from the roof, siding or windows, the fresh paint the owner applied just before the home inspection may not have been touched up.

Storms may have damaged gutters or downspouts, give them a final check.

Are the downspouts discharging water away from the foundation? If the answer is NO you are advised to EXPECT water infiltration. It is not IF it is WHEN will water infiltration occur (yes, I know I wrote that a few lines up, however, water infiltration is a very frequent complaint).

Was the soil around the home pitched away from the foundation? (if not see the above sentence).

INTERIOR HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Have all the areas listed in your home inspection report as inaccessible or not traversed been accessed & professionally inspected to determine if defects exist?

Check the garage door to be sure it opens and now is the time to obtain the garage door opener from the owner and to test it too.

Test the reversing devices for the garage door openers, better to find out it does not work now than when a child is stuck under it.

Check again for stains or cracks on any of the walls or ceilings that have become noticeable as they begin to show through the paint and or those that have appeared since the time of the home inspection?

Were any cracked windows or mirrors replaced or repaired?

Double-check to determine if any of the double-pane windows are clouded due to failed seals?

Have any appliances been changed or damaged?

Birds, rodents or animals can infest a home without warning, perform a final check NOW.

Walls, floors and ceilings are frequently damaged during construction or by movers, is there any new damage that you see?

PLUMBING HOME INSPECTION CHECKLIST

Faucets can start to drip without any warning at all, check all the faucets to determine if they leak or drip and if any repairs are necessary.

Chips and or damage to plumbing fixtures are sometimes found when buyers move in, check the fixtures now (look under any forgotten carpets and towels.

Make 100% sure you run water for a time through all plumbing fixtures and check for leakage. You would be surprised how often leaks suddenly appear when buyers move in

Ever hear about people putting cement or other objects in a sewer pipe or down fixtures just before they lose the house? People do it, so make sure you run water for a time through all plumbing fixtures and check for stoppage?

It is vital that you complete this home inspection checklist during your walkthrough and go over it with your attorney prior to closing on the property

Our home inspection company accepts no liability for changes and problems that occur after the home inspection takes place, neither do most others

Please take the time to carefully and completely perform your pre-settlement walk through home inspection checklist and to contact the home inspection company if you have questions!
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Crystal Garcia
1718201447
Michael was thorough and professional and identified several major issues that were not at all... evident to my untrained eye. His inspection was the impetus I needed to check on the discrepancies he noted, the most major of which were unpermitted changes to the floor plan structure resulting in instability of roofing structure. Ended up not going through with purchase, and while before I was very happy my offer was accepted, I am now ecstatic that I am not stuck with what would have been a nightmare !Will seek help again for the next house I offer on as I continue my search, and would unquestionably recommend Accurate Inspections to other prospective homebuyers. Cannot understate how valuable it was .read more
Ashley
1717550370
We had a great experience with Accurate Inspections. Michael was very thorough. He took his time... going through all areas of the home and explaining different issues or concerns he saw. Would highly recommend.Cannot recommend enough. Very prompt to address any issues.read more
Joe Baldo
1715873690
Michael is very prompt, knowledgeable and thorough. He takes the time to walk you through issues... that may not be up to code, why and how to improve. He encourages questions during and after the inspection.read more
Joe Silva
1715733046
Mike is well organized, methodical, and very thorough. He also took his time to explain his... concerns and what should be done to correct the situation. Very satisfied with the inspection, the report, and all of the follow-up resources and information he provided.read more
Christopher Shalhoub
1714832574
These guys are great. First off, they always answer their phone. Mike was not only on time to the... inspection, he was early. We never felt rushed during the inspection. He not only pointed out concerns but took the time to explain them all. Highly recommended, do not waste time looking anywhere else. Going with these guys is a no-brainer. Highly recommended.read more
Magdita Vz
1714418973
Michael is very knowledgeable and took his time to go through the house and to check everything.
Mary Jo Martino
1713447280
Michael of Accurate Inspections did a home inspection for me which was extremely thorough and he... explained everything along the way.Afterward, I was given a binder filled with information and what needed to be repaired.He and his staff were professional, attentive and helpful.I would not hesitate to recommend him to my mother and other family members, as well as, to my friends.He did a stellar job for me.read more
Patrick Swift
1713402411
Michael and his team were communicative, prompt, friendly, thorough and easy to work with. Michael... provided us with incredibly informative assessments during the inspection process and made it easy to understand. As someone who is naive to the intricacies of craftsmanship, Michael’s deep expertise, knowledge, and professionalism provided me with what I needed to be informed and have peace of mind throughout the process. Don’t think, just hire Michael.read more
Pilar Shilad
1712239872
Michael exceeded our expectations. He was on time, thorough, responsive and took his time exploring... the entire property inside and out. He has excellent contacts that he helps to provide if additional inspections are requested and he coordinates for them all to arrive on the inspection day. This was one of the easiest processes to an already stressful situation of potentially buying a home. Pat at his office is also wonderful to communicate with. Highly recommend.read more
rashaun abdul karim
1712001770
I left feeling as though I had the right inspector for the job. I am combing my way through the... paperwork. I definitely appreciate the adviceread more
Nika Postnikov
1710941555
Michael is passionate about informing his clients. He is extremely knowledgeable and thorough, and... is able to communicate it in a straightforward manner.read more
Pete Z
1710381606
Yes, Michael is worth every penny.I've now used Accurate Inspections and Mike for the third time,... and he continues to impress with his exceptional thoroughness, patience, and educational approach. Mike’s meticulous attention to detail is unparalleled, ensuring no stone is left unturned during the inspection process. His ability to explain complex issues simply makes the entire experience incredibly enlightening and comforting. Highly recommend for anyone who values thorough, informative, and professional inspection services.read more
Ryan Hinton
1709229062
Mike was exceptional throughout the inspection process and readily available afterwards to help... interpret the report findings. I would highly recommend Mike and will only use him as an inspector for any future home purchases.read more
Hannah Phillips
1707609987
Great Inspector - Took the time to explain everything that was inside and outside the my condo that... would come up. Definitely worth the money.read more
Pushkar Thapa
1706596515
Recently I hired accurate inspection to inspect the home that I planned to purchase. Michael was... the inspector and very professional. He was extremely patient, knowledgeable and thorough.read more
Stanley Mikuta
1704389119
Michael was very detailed in his inspection, showing us all of the little things we surely would... have missed on our own. He conducted a thorough review of the house and made sure to test every system available. He put our safety and our needs at top priority.read more
Marlene Den Bleyker
1704321431
Right now the buyers market is tumultuous and you feel pressure to just get a house. Not every home... owner is honest about problems with the house. Don't make a large investment without knowing what you are walking into. Protect your investment and don't waive the home inspection. I am glad that I did not.My husband and I have been under contract with two houses and if it wasn't for Michael at Accurate Inspections we would have been hit with some major repair bills on both houses. He found extreme structural issues that we would never have noticed. He saved us hundreds of thousands of dollars.Before we even went into the house, Michael sent a neighborhood report with insight into possible hazards. He arrived early and started the process right away.My husband spent 3 hours with him at each house and he performed a thorough investigation, pointing out defects and positives about the house. He left us with a binder outlining the inspection and follows up with a report you can use to report any issues to your attorney.I have used other inspectors in the past, who basically walked you through the house, but Michael provides a more substantial picture into the home you are buying. I highly recommend Accurate Inspections.read more
Andre Solomon
1703866253
Mike was very professional and explained everything as he went along. Even followed up after he... sent his report to make sure I didn't have additional questions.read more
Sarah C
1703778717
I am very pleased with my inspection, this company is very detailed and easy to communicate with.... If you are new to this process they send informative emails with details on what to expect and walk you through each step.Michael was very informative and did a very thorough inspection for me. I was able to follow up with questions and he left no stone unturned. I would recommend him to anyone.read more
Amanda Curcio
1702396515
Mike provided a very detailed inspection. This was the second home that he inspected for us. His... findings saved us from making a costly purchase on the first home. Our second inspection with him, which is our current home, was thorough and helpful with us getting credit for our purchase. After our inspection he was extremely helpful with any other questions that we had and was quick to call us back. We valued everything that he has done and will use him for any future purchases that we make!read more
Chris Behrens
1702331467
Michael is extremely knowledgeable and thorough. Highly recommended!!
Regina Kim
1699917172
Michael was VERY thorough, very helpful and went out of his way to make sure things we understood... what was wrong with the house and answer any questions we had. I think the only thing I would say about any room for improvement would be the way that the report is completed, I think it's a lot of information, and the way it is organized makes it a little more difficult to understand the most important things from the lesser important. Overall would highly recommend, very experienced, and is very knowledgable.read more
Joel Nunez
1699896272
NAILED IT POINTED OUT EVERY SINGLE THINGS WRONG WITH THE HOME TO THE POINT WHERE YOU FEEL WELL... INFORMED OF EVERYTHING YOU HAVE TO TACKLEread more
Alexander Nikodem
1698453256
Jieun and I wanted to express our gratitude for the inspection you completed for us. It is not an... exaggeration to say that you saved us. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We will 100% recommend your company to all our friends. Thank you again.read more
Janet Woudenberg
1697477385
I've rented my home for 21 years and assumed I knew everything about this house. Now I'm buying... it. I'm so happy I hired Michael to do the inspection. He not only showed me the issues he found, but explained what the issue was, why it is an issue and what I could do about it. He taught me so much about the house. I'd never buy a house until I had Michael inspect it first.read more
Sandeep Kumar
1695650561
I would highly recommend Michael , he is a very thorough professional who will explain step by step... and take at most caution about the entire home inspection process. we are happy that we engaged with Michael for our home inpsection.read more
Deckard Montesanto
1694463131
I'm so glad that I went with Accurate Inspections! Not only was Michael incredibly thorough and... helpful on the day of the inspection, but he was always available to answer any questions I had in the following weeks as well. I was stressed going into this process, but Michael made everything so simple and easy to handle. Definitely using Accurate Inspections again for my next home purchase!read more
Option Belfort
1692277474
Michael is the best in the business, well worth the money. Will save you thousands of dollars by... having him come out.Very informative and full of knowledge.read more
James Redding
1692097227
Mike is extremely knowledgeable and helpful with not only providing critical information to help... you make an informed decision by providing useful insight on the issues identified. Many of the findings I would not have known to look for.read more
Shefali Patel
1691845105
Very knowledgeable, explained everything while performing inspection which is so important for... first time home buyers! Highly recommend, Michael does not miss a thing!read more
Paul G.
1691793202
Michael is professional, thorough, knowledgeable, funny, and great at his job. He went through... every knuck and cranny and made me aware of any and all things I should be concerned with before moving forward with my purchase. I highly recommend Michael for your next home inspection.read more
Justin Storie
1689278751
Accurate Inspections was recommended to me by a good friend and exceeded expectations. The whole... staff was an absolute pleasure to work with. They made the home-buying and inspection process so much easier for us. Michael was a true professional and gave a thorough, accurate inspection. Due to his findings we decided not to go forward with the purchase of the house but could not be happier, as he walked us through various major safety issues the sellers failed to disclose. His professionalism, quick response time, and attention to detail helped save us from a huge financial burden. When we decide to re-enter the market, I will be sure to go with Accurate Inspections Inc. again. I could not recommend them more.read more
janessa daniels
1688747799
Michael came out (on a holiday!) to inspect the condo my husband and I are hoping to buy. He was... incredibly knowledgeable and courteous, always prompting to make sure we understood what he was looking at and why and whether or not we had questions about the process. He was extremely thorough in all that he did, and we feel confident moving forward with the purchase based on his inspection. Would definitely recommend to others.read more
Nikolai Bohorquez
1688492371
Knowledgeable and informative. Michael have a very thorough inspection and I learned a lot as a... homeowner! Also, he brought a sense of humor with him, which I enjoyed.read more
wendy heller
1688127172
Mike with Accurate Inspections was incredibly thorough and knowledgeable. As a buyer I felt... completely informed of issues I never would have considered. He should be any home buyers top choice on a very critical step in the home purchasing process.read more
Hassan Gebril
1687898632
Best Inspector in NJ. He created the best report which helped me a lot to negotiate my deal . He is... very trustworthy so I would recommend him all day long. It’s definitely worth it to hire him.read more
RICHARD ZICCARDI
1687636169
Exceptionally thorough and detailed explanations and inspection.
Kamesh Devarakonda
1687546318
I was impressed with the office staff and the inspector, Michael.The front desk staff was very... friendly and helpful. They answered all of my questions promptly and in a clear and concise manner. They also made sure to schedule my inspection at a time that was convenient for me.Michael was a very thorough and knowledgeable inspector. He took the time to explain everything he found, both good and bad. He also made recommendations for repairs and maintenance. I felt very confident in his knowledge and expertise.read more
Jamie Sawicki
1687369859
The home buying process can be daunting but hiring Mike for our inspection was the best decision we... could’ve made. He was extremely thorough, knowledgeable, and clearly explained his findings to us. We are comfortable now going into our new home following Mike’s inspection. We will definitely use him in the future and refer him to others. Worth every penny for the amount of time Mike spends and the peace of mind you will leave with.read more
Partha Panwala
1686082353
I cannot recommend Michael highly enough.Michael doesn't care about playing nice with realtors;... he cares about YOU and making you aware of all the issues with your potential property purchase. "Detail-oriented" is an understatement: Michael inspects and tests every inch of the property and takes his time explaining what is wrong, why it is wrong, and what it should be.Michael inspected a condo unit for me. He took the time to inspect all the electrical outlets, the heat pump and condenser units, the electrical panel (took off the cover), the kitchen appliances, the attic, the roof, and much more. We spent 1.5 hours inspecting a 3br condo, and I had paper copies of Michael's hand-written notes in-hand at the end of the inspection. I had a detailed, typed report emailed to me that evening.If you need a no-nonsense, detail-oriented inspector, Michael is your guy!read more
Ramazan Uzulmez
1685585931
I am very happy to work with Michael from Accurate Inspections for several reasons.1-He came to... inspection on time.2-He explained everything to me during the inspection.3-He didn't talk with anybody on the phone or answer his phone during my home inspection. He spent all his time for my home inspection not for another person.4-He was respectful and had lots of patience with me. He explained what is wrong or what should be done to fix the problems till I complately understand the problems and the solutions.5-He sent the report at the same day of inspection.6-Few days later, he called me and asked me again If I have any questions or clarification with the Inspection report. I was impressed with his service.I believe, he is one of the best and I highly recommend Michael for your home inspection.read more
Fireworks509 True
1685156193
I was lucky to pick Michael's business out of all others online. Michael is very thorough, detail... oriented and taking his time inspecting the property. When you just see the professional for first 2 minutes and you know right away he is very experienced in his field. The presence of a seller's agent through out the process did not intimidate him. I could feel I was in good hands and he is my advocate and on my side.Michael followed up with me personally after the day of inspection for any questions that I had and explained the major points to me.If you are not an expert in the field, trust me, all this staff related to houses will be a foreign language and in the process of purchasing you already have so much headache dealing with the loan, contracts and keeping up with searching the market for other properties. When it all has a due date, it is so much helpful when the inspector not just giving you his report and disappears, but is able to explain major things to you in English language and even follow up after, when you will guaranteed to have more questions, unless the house you are buying is brand new..Do not pick the inspector your agent recommends you, pick Michael, you will be happy with the results and you will have peace.read more
Abel Van riper
1684876803
I can’t say enough about how happy I am with using Accurate Inspections.from my initial call to the... conclusion,i received nothing but the utmost professional treatment and respect.When Mike arrived,on time,he treated me with respect and explained everything he was doing and the reason why.I would highly recommend Accurate for any one buying a house and can’t imagine getting better results any where else.read more
Akshatha Mohan
1683764818
I had the pleasure of working with Michael as my inspection officer, and I must say, it was a truly... enlightening experience. From the moment he stepped into the home, Michael made it a point to involve me in the inspection process. His expertise and willingness to explain every detail ensured that I not only felt included but also learned a great deal about the inner workings of the property. Michael's patience and thoroughness were commendable, and his friendly demeanor made the entire process enjoyable. I am grateful for his professionalism and the knowledge I gained through his guidance. Thank you, Michael, for an exceptional inspection experience!read more
Chris Zarate
1683654525
Michael Del Greco from Accurate Inspections was very thorough in his all areas of my new home... inspection.He took the time with each area of the home to explain and make sure I understood each issue and positive point by sight and touch.I was provided a binder highlighting all areas of my inspection and in addition a typed report which is easy to read and understand.The above information allowed me to understand the process going forward and to make appropriate decisions without question.I highly recommend Michael if you need a honest, educated, professional to evaluate one of your biggest purchases in your lifetime.read more
A. Balois
1683434761
I had used Accurate Inspection company before and chose this company again because I find Michael... very thorough in what he’s doing. Always punctual on the day on inspection and very professional in dealing with customer in many ways. I won’t hesitate referring this company to anyone.read more
Chris K
1683392685
Michael from Accurate inspections was out standing, great in explaining the issues, willing to help... and was so good even my child was willing to interact with Michael during the review.Review of the home that was being inspected was on point with the issue of the home.Michael really kept his word, his only concern was us the buyer and making sure the home was reviewed and issues was explained to protect us the buyers family.Michael explained all issues to expect to his best ability, and recommend additional inspections to confirm his findings and cost to repair before buying the home.I would also say the buyer should be happy as he did not point out none-(safety, environmental and hazard ) and he only pointed out the real issues that needed to be addressed by the law so the home can be closed on and we the buy could move in safely and live in the home.Thank you Michael and Accurate inspections for your outstanding work and being concerned with us the buyer and pointing out the real key issues and advising the truth that other issue may come up over time but that's the norm of owning a house.Please note: if you are a new buyer or seller, you can trust Michael and accurate inspection team to do it right and be honest with the findings even if its not in your favor. They will really point out the truth about the home that a buyer or a seller should know about their home they are either selling or buying.read more
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