Start The Inspection In The Lower Level
Some areas of the country, like Florida, don't have basements. As you move from the lower level through the interior and up to the attic, move in a clockwise direction. This will help prevent you from bouncing around from room to room which may cause you to skip a room by accident. I'll always start the home inspection in the lower level because this is usually where the operating systems are located. I usually spend at least one hour in the lower level of a house inspecting the operating systems and for structural, water and termite problems. I start the inspection with the heating system in the winter or the air-conditioning in the summer. If it's late in the afternoon, I'll start with the exterior before it gets dark. Then I can take my time on the interior.