Home inspection checklist

The first thing a home inspector does when evaluating ownership of a VA loan is to examine the home as a whole. By checking the neighborhood of similar homes, the inspector can see how the condition of the house he is buying is compared to others of similar age, style and materials. Also, he more or less caliber the execution of exterior modifications to the house.

Foundation and walls

An exterior inspection begins at the front of the house. The inspector walks around the house and gets a good look on each side of the wall. It starts at the top and you see it all the way to the ground. The inspector observes the condition of the side paneling and all doors and windows. Foundation checks for cracks and signs of water damage.

Ceilings and porches

The inspector pays close attention to the roof, chimneys, gutters and downspouts. He will look for any drop on the roof and any sign that the tiles should be replaced. Fireplaces are inspected for signs of tilt and lack of mortar. The inspector will take into account the condition of the canals and whether the downpipes of the foundation slope. Any terraces or porches are examined. Evaluates the grade and slope of the lot and checks the condition of access roads, corridors and patios.


The basement inspection includes examining the floor, walls and ceiling. In an unfinished basement, the inspector may be able to see the structural components of the Foundation and the upstairs joists, allowing you to check their status. He examines all visible areas in each room, including other spaces behind doors or cabinets. Utilities including oven, plumbing, water heater and electrical boards are examined.

Main floors

The main floors of the house are inspected similarly to the basement. Floors, walls and ceilings are checked and notes are made of heat sources, plugs, light switches and chimneys. In the bathroom and kitchen, the inspector observes the plumbing condition and whether they are functioning properly.

Items not included

A standard home inspection does not include control for asbestos, radon gas, lead paint, toxic mold or pests such as mice and termites. Owners can hire separately with specially authorized professionals to inspect and identify these problems.