Home Inspection Checklist

Are you selling a house? One of the first steps that needs to be done after an offer is accepted is to get the house inspected. (Tip: it’s a good idea to get a pre-listing inspection. That way, you know of any issues that may arise and can fix or note them before it is listed and will sell faster!) This is a very technical step and knowing what to expect will help make for a fast, smooth inspection. Use this checklist, courtesy of Blackland Home Inspections to bring the best out of your house and have it inspection-ready.

  • Make sure to turn on all utilities
  • Remove pets from the property or crate them
  • Clear a pathway to electrical panels, crawl space, attic space, water heater, furnace, windows, outlets and sprinkler control
  • Make sure that water drains away from the house
  • Fix any damaged or loose shingles or nail props on the roof
  • Clean gutters, downspouts, and roof debris
  • Check wood trip joins for softness and caulk
  • Check steps for loose bricks or wood
  • Check handrails for looseness
  • Check weathering wood on any decks
  • Make sure hose faucets aren’t loose or leaking
  • Add anti-siphon device to hose faucet if it doesn’t have one
  • Check GFCI outlets
  • Check auto reverse on overhead garage door
  • Clean or change HV/AC filters
  • Check all windows for opening and closing
  • Repair or replace missing screens or broken glass
  • Check all outlets and light switches for loose, damaged or missing covers
  • Remove any childproof devices on outlets and cabinets
  • Check that all doors open and close without rubbing
  • Check ceiling fans on all 3 speeds wobbling
  • Replace all burned out light bulbs
  • Check and fix any holes/nail pops in walls and ceilings
  • Check smoke/carbon monoxide detectors
  • Sinks, showers, and bathtubs are clear of personal items and dishes
  • Check for leaks in all sinks, tubs, showers, toilets, and drains
  • Check for any loose tiles or missing grout/caulking
  • Check disposal and dishwasher
  • Check that all burners and elements work on stove/oven
  • Check all faucets for water pressure and make sure hot and cold are not reversed
  • Check laundry connections for leaks
  • Check water heater for leaks, including the T/P valve
  • Check for tripped or missing breakers
  • Remove any stored items in appliances so that they can be operated
  • Make sure all pilot lights are lit
  • Pool covers must be removed, full of water and the surface of the pool must be clean

You can contact Blackland Home Inspections at 972-921-8454. If you schedule an inspection online at blacklandhomeinspections.com, receive $25 off using promo code Checklist.

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