A Very Detailed Home Inspection Checklist – Part 1

By administrator On March 9th, 2009

Here are a couple of thoughts, aphorisms, sayings worth remembering in life; the kind that well-meaning dads tell their kids. The neat thing about these words of wisdom is that they are very applicable to home improvement. So remember that prevention is better than cure and preventive maintenance is better than breakdown maintenance. Second you can only repair what you know needs repairing and there’s a lot to find out about what needs to be repaired in a house. And last but not the least; remember that a stitch in time saves nine. Catch the problem early and treat it before it burgeons into something unmanageable.

Electrical Checklist –

• Loose and sparking wires are dangerous. Check for scorch marks around outlets and also around breakers and fuses.
• Make sure all outlets work; some people really enjoy poking power points with testers to check for power and also earthing; if you get a mild shock it means the earthing’s faulty.
• Clear the trees and branches around wires.

Exterior Checklist –

• Any cracks on the asphalt will simply grow bigger with time, may trip you and twist more than just your slippers and in time water will seep into these cracks widening them.
• Check if the weep holes built into the walls are clear.
• Do the checking before winter or storm season when repair work becomes difficult. Check porches for loose posts and loose rails. Same for fences and stone walls. These should not be loose.
• Any stains on the siding are a sign of leakage somewhere; probably on the ceiling.
• Check the attic for dampness and the soffits and eaves for bird nests.
• Check the siding for peeling paint.
• Gutters should be clear of debris.
• The foundation and walls of the basement should be free from moisture and cracks.

Plumbing Checklist –

• Leaks in the pipes can cause damage to the walls quickly and by the time symptoms appear, it can be too late to save the wet portions.
• Check exposed pipes for corrosion. The corrosion can be caused by the water or by the metal or be exposure to the elements. Corrosion can lead to leaks and contamination of the water.
• If the water pressure is low it could be because of sediment buildup in the faucet. Similarly the drains should not clog; the water should swirl and not bubble down the path.
• Tiles in the bathroom should not be loose or chipped. Water can seep through and rot the backerboard underneath.
• Check poorly ventilated and poorly lit areas for mildew.
• Check your toilet seat to see if it rocks.

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