Home Inspection Checklist

Complete home inspection checklists for home buyers and inspectors

Published 5 Aug 2022

What is a Home Inspection Checklist?

A home inspection checklist is a tool used by home inspectors to assess the physical condition of a property. It identifies any existing or potential structural issues and damages. Performing home inspections help property owners and home buyers identify areas that need urgent repairs.

What Should be Checked and Included in a Home Inspection?

According to the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI), home inspection reporting should be based upon the international standards of practice for performing general inspections. Typically, a home inspection includes checking the following:

  • roof
  • exterior
  • basement
  • foundation
  • crawlspace and structure
  • heating
  • cooling
  • plumbing
  • electrical
  • fireplace
  • attic
  • insulation and ventilation
  • doors and windows
  • interior
  • optional systems and components

Main Sections of The Checklist

A home inspection checklist commonly involves a visual examination of the previously mentioned parts of the home particularly the following four key sections of a property:

  • Structural: ceilings, roof, walls, windows, door frames, foundation, etc – where plumbing systems are inspected for defects and other assessments like mold testing are conducted
  • Rooms: bathrooms, kitchen, interior rooms, etc.
  • Grounds: yard, driveways, landscaping, drainage, common areas, etc – where termites, septic tanks, potential leakages are inspected
  • Utilities: heating, air conditioning, plumbing, electrical, etc.

Self Home Inspection Checklist

Prior to home inspections performed by professional inspectors, homeowners can also conduct a review of their own property. A home/facility self-inspection checklist allows homeowners to check specific home areas such as walkways, sidewalks, and parking areas, among others. This enables them to quickly identify spaces where immediate improvements are required. 

iAuditor Digital Checklists

Property inspectors often rely on paper home inspection forms and tedious data re-entry and photo uploads to generate their final reports. Using digital home inspection checklists can help home inspectors complete their inspections on their mobile device and generate home inspection reports instantly.

iAuditor by SafetyCulture is an award-winning operations management platform that can be used to conduct property inspections on a mobile device on-site. Take unlimited photos of the property, capture hazards and risks, take annotations and notes, and instantly send reports to clients.

We have created digital home inspection checklists you can download for free and get started with using iAuditor. All checklists are fully customizable and can be used on mobile devices.

Jona Tarlengco - SafetyCulture Staff Writer

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Jona Tarlengco

Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.

Jona Tarlengco is a content writer and researcher for SafetyCulture since 2018. She usually writes about safety and quality topics, contributing to the creation of well-researched articles. Her 5-year experience in one of the world’s leading business news organisations helps enrich the quality of the information in her work.