Home Inspection Checklist

A pre-purchase home inspection is something I recommend to all my buyers. During this inspection a professional inspector carefully looks through the entire home you are about to purchase. So often I hear that buyers do not fully understand what is included in a home inspection and what is not. Today I am going to explain what it is that you can expect in California from your home inspector.

Items Not Inspected

First of all, you need to understand that California home inspectors are not licensed. Tipycally the following are not included in a home inspection:

  • Lead
  • Abestos
  • Rodents
  • Radon
  • Mold, Fungi, Mildew
  • Wood-destroying organisms

 Items That Are Inspected

  • ROOF AND ATTIC
Ventilation, gutters, type of construction, broken or missing shingles, pooling water, sealed skylight.
  • SYSTEMS AND COMPONENTS
AC, water heater, furnace, chimney, fireplace, sprinklers.
  • BASEMENT, CRAWL SPACE
Signs of water leaks on ceiling or on the floor, termite damage, cracks in basement interior, water seepage, dampness.
  • BALCONIES, DECKS
Condition of supporting beams, rot an wear.
  • EXTERIOR EVALUATION
Walls, drainage, driveways, elevations, sidewalks, doors, windows, trims, termite damage.
  • BATHROOMS
Loose tiles, caulking, cracked or damaged floor, faucets, water stains, sagging floors, mold, ventilation.
  • PLUMBING
Drain, waste and vent pipes, showers, toilets, sinks.
  • APPLIANCES
Ventilation, GFCI outlets, leaking under sink, microwave, dishwasher, range-oven, smoke-detector, garbage disposal,
  • ELECTRICAL
Fuse box, rust or damage of main panel, CFGI outlets in kitchen and bathrooms, circuit breakers, types of wiring, ceiling fans, light fixtures.
  • GARAGE

Vents, garage door, cracked floor, openers, slab, walls.

Home inspections run between $300-$700 and it is always worth paying more for a good inspector. If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to reach me at sam@realestate680.com.