No house is perfect. Not even the brand new ones. To avoid selecting a property with issues, looking for big-ticket items when previewing properties with your agent is important to make the investment worth it.
A home inspection checklist is a valuable tool to help look at and document certain features of the home when previewing. Do note that a home inspection checklist should not be mistaken as a report, nor should it be a substitute for a professional home inspection. Rather, it is a way to document the features and issues of the homes you are considering that will help you compare these homes at the end of the day.
Here’s an example of items that should be included in a home inspection checklist that you can take to the previewing of homes that you are considering:
Here’s a home inspection checklist. Download the list here.
Take the time to check out the neighboring houses that were constructed around the same time as yours. This will give you a general idea of the condition of your house and pay attention to the severity of major issues as some of these can be deal-breakers.
A simple visual evaluation of the roof may suffice.
When testing electrical elements, make sure that all necessary safety measures are taken.
Inspect and determine if the system has been serviced lately. Look for upkeep by the owner, is their dust, dirt around the system, are air vents dusty/dirty.
The water heater is one of the most important appliances in your home and often, taken for granted. When looking at the water heater, is there evidence of rust, any leaking at the top or the bottom of the water heater? Cracks? Does it make noises? Do you notice smelly water or discolored water?
For many good reasons, a home inspection checklist can be a valuable tool to help make previewing many properties more organized so you know what features and issues went with which home. This information may later help to decide which home to choose to make an offer on which will likely prevent a lot of stress.
Click here to download and print our Chattanooga Home Inspection Checklist. Print and take one to each home your preview so you can jot down the things you find during the previewing of the home. This way you can keep track and know which home has what features and/or issues.