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When Shopping for a New Home, Use a List.

July 16, 2008 ·

Here is a checklist to use while reviewing homes to purchase.  But we always recommend you use a qualified inspector when you’re ready to write an offer.

Check For Properly Working Appliances/Fixtures:
Bathroom

  • Sinks
  • Showers/tubs
  • Toilets
  • Vent fan
  • Heating fan

Appliances

  • Dishwasher
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Ice maker
  • Garbage disposal
  • Range hood
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Trash compactor
Kitchen

  • Kitchen cabinet doors
  • Drawers
  • Sinks

General

  • Lights (interior & exterior)
  • Windows
  • Heating system
  • Ceiling fans
  • Hot water system
  • Air conditioning system
  • Electrical outlets
  • Door bells
  • Doors
  • Water purifier
  • Fireplace damper
  • Garage door
Ensure House Is Well-Built and Systems Are In Working Condition:  
Exterior

  • Bricks bulging or cracking
  • Shingles missing or broken
  • Siding rotted or missing
  • Gutters damaged or need to be cleaned
  • Concrete cracked in sidewalks/driveway

Basement

  • Water seepage in basement
  • Cracks in foundation
  • Poor ventilation
Interior

  • Sub-flooring damaged or loose
  • Cracked walls or ceiling
  • Cracked tiles
  • Loose plaster
  • Flooring damaged
  • Soft, springy floors
  • Water stains near windows
  • Water stains on ceiling below bathroom in multi-level home
  • Water stains in attic
  • Pipe insulation missing

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