Home Inspection Checklist Orange County, CA
No house is perfect. Not even brand new ones. In order to avoid buying a property with flaws and leaving the homebuyer counting losses, a thorough assessment and evaluation by a qualified home inspector are important to make your big investment worth it.
A home inspection typically takes two to four hours. But it could take longer depending on the size, age, and condition of the property. In any case, a home inspection checklist is a valuable tool to make sure all aspects of the property will be looked at and ascertain issues before closing the sale. Do note that a home inspection checklist should not be assumed as a report, nor should it be a substitute for a professional home inspection. Rather, it is a representative to help you through the home inspection process to your dream home purchase.
Orange County home inspectors generally encourage buyers to be present during the inspection to discuss findings and allow questions to be asked in real-time.
Here’s a home inspection checklist. Download the list here.
THE BIG PICTURE
Take the time to check out the neighboring houses that were constructed around the same time as yours. This will give you a general idea of the condition of your house and pay attention to the severity of major issues as some of these can be deal-breakers.
A simple visual evaluation of the roof may suffice.
- Check for any damage present, such as broken tiles or missing shingles.
- Are there any obvious patches?
- Check the chimney and flashing. Are there any missing and damaged bricks, and cracked joints?
- Check the attic. Is there adequate ventilation and insulation?
- Check the gutters and downspouts? Are they attached securely to the structure? Are there any signs of bending or sagging?
- Check for any wood rots as well as other roof penetrations too.
- Check the type of flooring material.
- Are there any stains or signs of damages?
- Will any need restoration or replacement?
- For wooden floors, you can test exposed areas by gently prodding with a flat screwdriver. Soft areas can be tell-tale signs of wet or dry rot.
- Check that interior and exterior walls are level. Are they bowed, sagged, bulging, or leaning?
- Are there any cracks? Note that these may be caused by several factors, from shoddy construction to inevitable movement over time.
- Are there any flaking or mismatched paint?
- What is the condition of the wall coverings?
- For brick walls, check for any breaks or spaces.
- Note what insulation type is installed in the walls. Is there adequate insulation behind the walls?
- Are the ceilings straight and intact?
- Are there any stains or signs of previous water damage from leaks?
- Will any of the ceilings need repainting?
- What type of insulation is installed in the ceilings?
- Note any significant cracks.
WINDOWS and DOORS
- How is the condition of the windows and doors? Do they operate and latch well?
- Do the window and door frames appear square?
- Are the frame joints caulked or insulated?
- Are there any cracks, rot, or decay?
- If any locks are present, do they work?
- Do the windows and doors have weather-stripping? What kind? Are they in good condition?
BATHROOM and KITCHEN
- Are all plumbing fixtures and faucets secure?
- Are there cracks on the fixtures?
- Is there adequate water flow and pressure at all fixtures?
- Do the sinks, tubs, and showers drain properly?
- Note the condition of the tubs and shower tiles.
- Note any leak, rust, unusual noises, or other signs of neglect.
When testing electrical elements, make sure that all necessary safety measures are taken.
- Is there any open wiring?
- Are the fuses or breakers overheating?
- Ensure that cables are secure and safe.
- Check all electrical receptacles and switches for functionality.
- When was the last time the heating and cooling (HVAC) system was inspected?
- Were there any upgrades lately?
- No home is complete without appliances. Check all appliances if they are all working properly.
- Is the foundation in good condition? Are there any damaged masonry or cracks? Are there any spalling or flaking components?
- Check for uneven foundation levels and supporting walls. Are there any bowing, bulging, and other irregularities?
- For wooden components, are there any signs of damage from insect or termite infestation, or rot?
- Are there large trees near the property’s foundation?
For good reasons, a Orange County home inspection checklist can be a valuable backup tool to make sure everything goes smoothly after a homebuyer’s offer is accepted but before signing the contract for a closed deal. Besides, this will likely help to prevent a lot more stress later on.