Checklist for a Buying Your New Home
the ground around the foundation slope away from the
Be sure that water does not pond in swales. To check,
water the areas with a hose if possible.
Are there signs of erosion?
Is shrubbery planted at least 2 to 3 feet from the
Are basement window wells clean and graveled?
Are shingles flat and tight?
Is flashing securely in place?
Do gutters, down spouts and splash blocks drain away
from the house?
Are windows and doors sealed and protected by weather
Are trim and filling tight, and without cracks?
Does paint should cover the surfaces and trim smoothly?
all doors and windows sealed and do they open and
Are they the same as noted in the contract?
Are any glass panes loose or cracked?
Is the painting satisfactory in all rooms, closets
Did the painters didn't miss any spots?
Is the carpet tight and do the seams match?
Are there any ridges or seam gaps in vinyl tile or
Do the floors squeak?
If wooden floors, are they properly finished?
Do the major appliances operate properly?
Are the appliances the right color and model?
Do all faucets and plumbing fixtures, including toilets
and showers, to be sure they operate properly?
Do heating, cooling and water heating units operate
Do the fireplace draft and damper work?
Are there nicks, scratches, cracks or bumps on any
surfaces, including cabinets and counter tops?
Did you ring the doorbell and test the intercom, garage
door opener and other like items?
Have you seen indications of dampness or leaks?
Are there any obvious defects in exposed components
(such as floor joists, I-beams, support columns, insulation,
heating ducts, plumbing, electrical, etc.)?
Certificate of Occupancy
your local municipality signed off on your house?
Note: A new-house inspection is often more extensive
because buyers expect the property to be in near-perfect
condition. Resale-home buyers, on the other hand,
usually overlook minor flaws that come with an older,
previously lived-in home.
Be sure to document all items that need to be corrected
before closing. If you have a professional home inspection,
also make sure you do a final walk-through before
closing to confirm that all items on the inspector's
report have been corrected.
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