Home Inspection Checklist

Getting a home inspection is one of the final and most important steps when purchasing a home. During a home inspection, there are certain things that every home inspector will look at. 

This is because each home has certain components that it is built with that are required in order for the home to be safe and fully functional. 

Each home is unique, so there will be different additions to this checklist, but these things are the components of a home that are almost always included in a home inspection.

1. Electrical System 

The electrical system of a home is one of the most important systems, because if the electrical system isn’t working properly, the other systems in the home may not be able to function either. 

Electrical problems can also lead to shorts, which can cause electrical fires. 

2. Roof

The roof is one of the components of a home that is found to have defects most frequently, because the roof sees a lot of wear and tear. 

3. Attic/Basement

The attic and basement are two separate items, but we are pairing them together for this list because oftentimes homes have one or the other, and sometimes neither. 

However, if the home does have one or both of these, they are a crucial part of determining the home’s condition. 


The HVAC system will be tested as well, because it is one of the main components of the home’s heating and cooling system. If there are problems found with the HVAC system, this can be very costly to repair. 

5. Plumbing System

Plumbing is always on the checklist for a home inspection, because without proper plumbing, a home is going to be difficult to live in. The plumbing system is necessary not only for the sewer drainage, but for sinks, showers and bathtubs, and outside sprinklers. 

All water and waste that the home uses relies on a fully-functioning plumbing system. 

6. Foundation and Structure

The foundation and structure of a home are the most important parts of a home inspection. If there are problems with either of these two things, the home is most likely unsafe to live in. 

When the foundation of a home is shifting or cracked, this can result in costly and sometimes irreversible damage. The structure is also essential to the framing of the home and the sturdiness of it’s walls. This is why this is always on a home inspection checklist.