If you’re about to buy a home in New Jersey, this home inspection checklist will help you understand what a home inspector is looking for during the inspection.
Included are some basic things we look at while inspecting a property. Use this home inspection checklist as your guide:
- Attic: Adequate ventilation, water leaks from roof.
- Basement: Water leakage, musty smell.
- Ceilings, walls, and moldings: Loose pieces, drywall that is pulling away
- Doors and Windows: Loose or tight fits, condition of locks, condition of weather-stripping
- Driveways/Sidewalks: Cracks, heaving pavement, crumbling near edges, stains
- Electrical: Condition of fuse box/circuit breakers, number of outlets in each room.
- Exterior Brick: Cracked bricks or mortar pulling away from bricks
- Foundations: Cracks or water seepage
- Furnace/Air Conditioning: Look for age, energy rating; Furnaces are rated by annual fuel utilization efficiency; the higher the rating, the lower your fuel costs.
- Garage: Exterior in good repair; condition of floor—cracks, stains, etc.; condition of door mechanism.
- Insulation: Adequate rating for the climate
- Plumbing: Poor water pressure, banging pipes, rust spots or corrosion that indicate leaks, sufficient insulation.
- Porch/Deck: Loose railings or step, rot.
- Roof: Age, conditions of flashing, pooling water, buckled shingles, or loose gutters and downspouts
- Siding: Dents or buckling
- Water Heater: Look for age, size adequate for house, speed of recovery, energy rating.
*Important: Using a checklist is not a suggestion for you NOT to hire an experienced and certified home inspector. You should always hire a licensed and professional NJ home inspector to conduct your property inspection.
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