Here's a foolproof inspection checklist for homebuyers

Dated: March 26 2021

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A home inspection is one of the most crucial steps when buying a property. Its results can make or break a sale. But what exactly gets checked? And what are the factors that will tell you if the home is worth its asking price and whether or not you need to negotiate repairs? Take a look at our home inspection tips and checklist below:

As much as possible, you’ll want to be present during the inspection so you can ask the home inspector questions in real time.

  1. Foundation – Check the corners, base of the walls, and ceilings in every room. Look for cracks or apparent shifts indoors and in the exteriors of the home. Find out if any trees may interfere with the foundation stability.
  2. Roof – Assess the overall condition, and see if there are damages that may warrant insurance claims. Find out how old the roof is and when it was last replaced. Check for signs of leaks in the attic and ceilings, too. See if the roof warranty can be transferred to you upon sale.
  3. Oil tank – If the home uses oil for heating, you have to check the condition of the tank. If you’re switching to gas or if the house is using gas already, make sure any existing tank is filled with sand or gravel. Sometimes, you might be required to have the tank removed, too.
  4. HVAC system – Aside from the oil tank, check the rest of the heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system. Your home inspector will be able to tell you if it’s working properly at the time of the inspection. You can also find out if the air conditioning condenser will need replacing soon.
  5. Home exterior – Look out for landscaping and facade issues that could be costly.
  6. Basement or crawlspace – Is it adequately insulated? Does it show signs of water damage?
  7. Electrical system – Inspect the switches, outlets, and the panel. See if the system needs to be updated or if the current one is still usable.
  8. Plumbing – Check for leaks in the water lines, improper drainage, and unusual noises when the water is turned on or off. Find out if the sewer line has been recently inspected for damages, too.
  9. Flooring – Make sure there are no pests like carpenter ants, termites, and other wood-destroying insects. Likewise, assess the floors for mold, weak spots, and other problems.
  10. Noxious gases and harmful materials – Old homes, especially, have to be tested for radon, asbestos, lead, and other potentially poisonous substances.
  11. Appliances (such as dishwashers and stoves) – If these are included in the sale, what is the age and condition of the stove, dishwasher or refrigerator?

    There are many other parts of a professional home inspection. Make sure you find a licensed expert to do the job for you. Ask an experienced real estate agent in Arizona for recommendations. And, if there are important aspects that the inspector missed, your Realtor will be able to provide other key information when it comes to inspecting a property you want to purchase.

Get in touch with us at Aeris House Properties for advice on home buying in Arizona. Contact our team today at 602.466.9771 or

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