2018 Home Inspection Checklist Overview

Without a doubt, buying or selling your home can be a stressful and time-consuming event.
Having a home inspection can alleviate some of the stress associated with the buying and selling process.Home inspections can also provide valuable and resourceful information about the current condition of the property.

In most cases, home inspections can be seen as a means to just identify problem areas and issues with the property in question. However, one of the overlooked advantages of having a home inspection is the value and wealth of knowledge that InterNACHI certified Inspector professional provide such as:

  • Maintenance tips and recommendations to help keep the property in top condition.
  • Recommended best practices and maintenance schedules to help protect your
    investment for years to come.

As you start to prepare for inspection day, you should make sure that your home inspector professional is InterNACHI certified.

Why is this important?

The licensing of home inspectors only sets a minimum standard. InterNACHI, the
International Association of Certified Home Inspectors, are the best in the industry and here’s why:

  • InterNACHI inspectors are required to pass inspector examination
  • They are required to complete InterNACHI’s Code of Ethics Course
  • Substantially adhere to InterNACHI’s Standard of Practice
  • They have access to a real estate agent Hold-Harmless Clause; and have access to many other benefits, training and information to help consumers and real estate professionals, all of which is provided from the World’s largest Inspector association.

Home inspectors are professionals, and if yours is a member of InterNACHI, then you can trust that he or she is among the most highly trained in the industry. Here’s a checklist to give you an idea of what your final report will look like. A good inspector will address the issues in this checklist. 
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This checklist is based on the International Standards of Practice for Performing a general home Inspection. This checklist may be used to perform a visual inspection of a home and provide the inspector with a written report identifying the defects that were (1) observed and (2) deemed material.

So What Really Matter In A Home Inspection?

 Most of your inspection will be related to maintenance recommendations and minor imperfections. Which are good to know about. However, the issues that really matter will fall into four categories:

  • Major defects, such as a structural failure;
  • Conditions that can lead to major defects, such as a roof leak;
  • Issues that may hinder your ability to finance, legally occupy, or insure the home if not rectified immediately; and
  • Safety hazards, such as an exposed, live buss bar at the electrical panel.

Anything in these categories should be addressed as soon as possible. Often, a serious problem can be corrected inexpensively to protect both life and property (especially in categories 2 and 4).

What’s The Next Step?

And remember that homeownership is both a rewarding experience and an important responsibility, so be sure to call on your InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector to help you devise an annual maintenance plan that will keep your family safe and your home in top condition for years to come.