Building Inspection Checklist

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A homebuyer inspection check list takes the guesswork out of evaluating a building.

Using a checklist ensures that you don't miss any crucial signs of rot, decay and poor structural integrity.

Since most would-be homeowners lack the expertise necessary to accurately evaluate a home, a simple checklist can ease the burden of evaluating a building by letting you know exactly what to look for.

A complete workup involves evaluating the condition of the doors, windows, walls, ceilings, plumbing, electrical and the various rooms within a home.

Doors and Windows

Check to make sure that the doors open easily and don't get caught on the door frame when shutting them.

Some doors may have been warped by humidity and no longer sit properly in the frame. This can be a sign of greater structural issues if the doors are not properly planed to fit inside the frame.

Also make sure you check all the windows. Windows should open easily and not contain any condensation of damage from the elements. Cracked panels should be replaced. Check the window frames to ensure that timber frames haven't been tampered with or modified.

Walls and Ceilings

Check the opening from the doorway to the ceiling and wall. If there is any buckling it could indicate damage to the structure of the home.

Mould and moisture that seeps into the walls can create a hazardous condition for people with allergies and can cause sickness. If you shine a torch at an angle on the walls and ceilings you may be able to identify patches where repairs have been made.

Any sagging in the ceiling could also indicate an issue with the plumbing or a leak from the roof.

Bathroom, Kitchen and Laundry Rooms

The bathroom, kitchen, and laundry rooms are the rooms that have the most potential water damage.

Check these rooms carefully to see if any repairs have been completed to fix plumbing issues. Turn the lights on and off in each room and turn on the hot water to check the color and length of time it takes to heat up.

Check underneath any sinks and cupboards for leaks and evaluate the grout to make sure the sealant isn't missing. If there is a spot for an exhaust fan check the condition, and test it to ensure that everything works properly.

Evaluate the room for any rusted fittings and pipes, and make sure the wall behind the laundry trough consists of tile. Flush any toilets in the home and check for leaks in the pipes and proper water flow.

Electrical Work

Electrical work can be expensive, so check the condition of the system in the home to ensure that everything is in good working order.

Locate the fuse box and check to see if there is a fuse system or a modern circuit breaker system. A newer system indicates that the electrical work was completed fairly recently and is a positive sign.

Look for an Earth Leakage safety switch and check the wiring of the house to see if modern white colour wires are used. You're going to need a competent electrician to completely evaluate the electrical work, but these basic tips can give you a general idea for the condition of the electric. You can also attempt to plug several appliances in and turn on all of the lights in the house to see if the lights flicker or the circuit breaker trips.

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