DIY Home InspectionAre you planning to list your home? While a seasoned real estate broker will be able to guide you through the process of staging, decluttering, and laying out your home for potential buyers, this pre-listing, do-it-yourself home inspection checklist will help you identify and address issues before you list to help with a smooth selling process.

 

Home Inspection Checklist

  • Structure
    • House is not leaning or sagging
    • No visible cracks around door frames or in basement walls
    • Floors are even and strong
    • No gaps between walls and floors
    • No nails popping out of walls
    • Front porch and stairs are not leaning
    • No cracks in bricks or stonework
    • Chimney is in good condition, there are no cracks or leaning above the roofline
    • Windows and door frames appear square with no gaps
  • Roof
    • No loose, missing, buckled or curling shingles
    • Shingles are not worn down, still have texture
    • No cracks or rust on flashing
    • No soft spots or unevenness
    • No moisture in the attic or ceiling
  • Electrical
    • No exposed wiring and splices
    • No “knob and tube” wiring
    • No aluminum wiring
    • No undergrounded three-prong plugs
    • No painted outlets
    • GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter) protection
  • Plumbing
    • Adequate water flow
    • Sink, tub, and shower drain properly
    • Toilets are stable and operate properly
    • No broken or rusty pipes
    • Thermostat in working order
    • Water heater clear of sediment build-up
    • No evidence of leaks
    • No sign of mold
  • HVAC
    • Air filter(s) clean
    • Unit clear of rust
    • No combustion gas odor
    • No open seams in flues or slopes up to chimney connection
    • No cracked ductwork
    • No asbestos on heating pipes, water pipes or air ducts
  • Misc.
    • Light switches operational
    • No stains on floors, walls or ceilings
    • Doors open and latch properly
    • No broken window glass
    • Joints around window frames are caulked
    • Smoke and carbon monoxide detectors in working order

After checking off these items in your home, you have the option to fix them before you put your home on the market. While inspections during the closing process are optional and buyers are technically responsible for repairing any issues, taking the opportunity to fix these ahead of the process can set your sale up for success.

Because items such as structural issues, code violations, and safety issues are easily pointed out by home inspectors, fix these issues before they become problems. You’ll save yourself from scaring your buyer away when the information comes out during the inspection.

Cosmetics are not a dealbreaker in the selling process but do what you can to make the space as nice as it can be for the future owner. These items are easy to spot and are usually inexpensive but go a long way with buyers. The majority of cosmetic problems can be solved by using a magic eraser to remove scuffs and handprints from walls, filling any nail holes with spackling and touching up the paint over nail holes, and treating carpet stains.

So before you list your home, take the opportunity to get ahead of any issues or surprises during the final steps of selling your property.