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This book covers some portions of our CONDENSED - Home Inspection Report Generator and On-Site Checklist. The condensed version is mainly for use by non-professional home inspectors to assist them with inspecting real estate. Professional home inspectors use our NARRATIVE - Home Inspection Report Generator and On-Site Checklist. Contact us if you would like to purchase our Narrative - Home Inspection Report Generator and On-Site Checklist if you are interested in doing professional home inspections on any real estate property.

 

When you ask these preinspection questions, make sure that you ask the owner and Realtor about information from any PRIOR owners of the house. Meaning that if the seller tells you, "No, we have never made any changes to the foundation or septic system," then ask them if they know of any prior owners having made any changes, repairs, etc.

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    • Age, Zoning, and Permits:
  • What is the age of the house/condo? __________________________________________________________
  • How long you lived in this house/condo? ______________________________________________________
  • Are there any outstanding building, zoning or other violations or any missing permits and/or approvals?
  • _____________________________________________________________________

 

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    • Interior Inspection:
  • Are there any damaged areas to the floors, walls, and/or ceilings that you know about?  __________________
  • If yes, then where are these damaged areas and are they hidden by carpets, furniture, sheetrock, etc.?
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Has any insulation been added or removed in the floors, walls, and/or ceilings?  ________________________
  • If yes, then explain the details of the insulation added or removed:  __________________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Has any UFFI foam or asbestos insulation been removed from the house and if yes, then do you have the licensed EPA contractor certification for that work?  _________________________________________________
  • Any past or present problems with radon, mold or any other environmental or health hazards? Has the house or site ever been tested for any environmental or health hazards?
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Does the fireplace draft properly or are there back-smoking problems and how often do you use the fireplace?
  • _____________________________________________________________________

 

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    • Exterior Inspection:
  • Has there been any exterior siding added to the house after the original construction?  ___________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Do you know what type of insulation and materials are behind the exterior siding between the walls?
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • What is the age of the roof? _________________________________________________________________
  • Do you know how many layers of shingles there are on the roof? ___________________________________
  • Have there been any past or present water leaks or problems with the roof?  ___________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Have any decks, additions or updating been done?  If yes, what are the details of that work and are all valid permits and Certificate of Occupancies, (C of O), filed at town hall? ____________________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Have any structural renovations been done?  If yes, is there a valid permit and C of O for the work done?
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Have there been any structural problems in the house?  If yes, what are the details?  _____________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________

 

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    • Operating Systems:
  • Can I test all operating systems in the house or are there any that are being repaired or aren't functioning properly? (Operating Systems refers to items such as the heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, electrical, wells, septics, etc.) _____________________________________________________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Do you know the age of the furnace/boiler? ____________________________________________________
  • How often and what company services/maintains the heating system?  _______________________________
  • Are all the rooms in the house heated?  ________________________________________________________
  • Are there any oil tanks, used or unused, on the property? __________________________________________
  • If yes, where are those oil tanks located and what is the age of those oil tanks?  ________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Have there been any problems with the heating system in the house?  If yes, what are the details?  _________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Do you know the age of the air-conditioning compressor? _________________________________________
  • Did the air-conditioning system operate properly last season? (if it's too cold to test it now)  ______________
  • How often and what company services/maintains the A/C system? __________________________________
  • Have there been any problems with the air-conditioning system in the house?  If yes, what are the details?
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Is the house/condo connected to municipal water and sewer systems?
    (This is very important to get from them since there is no way to determine this at the site without checking the town hall records). _____________________________________________________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Has there been any past or present problems with the water pressure and drainage in the house plumbing system? _____________________________________________________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Has there been any past or present problems with electrical overloads, outlets, switches, etc.?  ____________
  • _____________________________________________________________________

 

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    • Termite and Water Problems:
  • Has the house ever had termites or Wood Destroying Insect damage?  ________________________________
  • Has the house ever been treated to remove or prevent termites or Wood Destroying Insects?  _____________
  • If yes, when and what are the details of that WDI treatment?  Are there any guarantees or documentation for the WDI treatments? _____________________________________________________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Have there been any water penetration problems in the house?  If yes, what are the details?  ______________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Are there any sump pumps in the lower level area to remove water?  _________________________________

 

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    • Septic System:
  • Is there a survey or plot plan showing the septic system? __________________________________________
  • Have there been any renovations or additions to the house needing septic system approvals, such as bathrooms/bedrooms added?  _____________________________________________________________________
  • Have there been any past or present problems with the septic system?  _______________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Do you know the location of the septic tank and leaching fields? ___________________________________
  • Do you know what the size of the septic tank is? ________________________________________________
  • Do you know what construction materials the septic tank is made of?  ________________________________
  • Is the septic tank original or was it upgraded or replaced over the years?  _____________________________
  • When was the septic tank last pumped out and internally inspected?  _________________________________
  • How often has the septic tank been pumped out and internally inspected over the years prior to the last cleaning? _____________________________________________________________________
  • What is the name of the septic service company that maintains the system?  ___________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________

 

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    • Well Water System:
  • Are there any surveys or plot plans showing the well water system?  _________________________________
  • What is the depth of the well? _______________________________________________________________
  • Is the well water pressure and volume adequate for normal use? ____________________________________
  • Has there been any past or present problems with the well water pressure and volume?  __________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • When was the well pump last serviced or replaced? ______________________________________________
  • When was the well water storage tank last serviced? _____________________________________________
  • What is the age of the well water storage tank? _________________________________________________
  • What is the name of the well water service company that maintains the system?  _______________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________

 

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    • Swimming Pool:
  • What is the age of the pool, filter, heater and liner? ______________________________________________
  • Do you have a Certificate of Occupancy and all valid permits for the pool?  ___________________________
  • Have there been any leaks in the pool walls or other problems with the pool or pool equipment?  __________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • Has the pool been properly winterized? (if applicable) ___________________________________________
  • What is the name of the service company that maintains the swimming pool?  _________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
  • _____________________________________________________________________
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