Inspection of the outside of the house:
Foundation: Check for holes, cracks, unevenness
Brickwork: Look for cracks loose or missing mortar
Siding: (Clapboard, shingles etc.) Look for loose or
missing pieces, lifting or warping.
Paint: Look for peeling, shipping or blistering
Entrance Porch: Examine steps, handrails, posts, etc
Windows/Screens: Look for cracked or broken glass, holes in screens
Roof: Look for worn or bald spots: (How old?)
Gutter & Down Spouts: Check for missing sections
Chimney: Look for tilting, loose or missing bricks.
Garage: Check doors, room windows
Driveway: Look for holes or cracks
Ground/Landscaping: Trees, shrubbery etc. should be well groomed.
Inspection of the inside of the house:
Floors: Check for levelness, bowing or movement
Stairs: Look for handrails, cracked steps, loose steps
Plumbing: Check water pipes for leaks, rust, look for
dripping faucets. Nice looking caulking around showers and tubs.
Heating System: Get utility bills ready, check that it is running efficiently
Hot Water Heater: Check for leaking and rusting, efficiency
Electrical System: Check for exposed wires, uncovered
outlets. Know the service of the CB’s fuses
Kitchen: Check condition and age of all appliances
Doors: Do they close and lock properly
Walls/Ceilings: Check for cracks, loose plaster and signs of leaks or
Basement: Check for signs of leakage and dampness
Attic: Look for signs of roof leaks? Check for insulation.
How much and what type? Is insulation on roof or attic floor?
Certificate of Occupancy: Make sure all C.O’s have been acquired.
Lighting: Make sure all lights are on when showing and working