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Inspection checklist for homebuyers

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Inspection checklist for homebuyers

Buying a new property is an exciting adventure! A house inspection means you can ensure that the property meets all your criteria, as well as look for any flaws that could cause bumps down the road.

It’s all too common for homebuyers to be swept off their feet by a freshly staged and styled house, and miss some major issues.

Be sure to leave your rose coloured glasses at home! We’ve figured out the perfect inspection checklist for homebuyers.

Why should I inspect a property?

After scoping out the market, it’s likely that a few properties will catch your eye. When you’ve found a house that interests you, it’s crucial that you do an inspection, to get a better understanding of the properties lay out and ensure that it’s the right fit for you.

Although online inspections are becoming increasingly popular, we strongly recommend that you visit the property in person, to guarantee that you can thoroughly inspect the estate without the interference of photoshop.

Inspecting a property in person will give you a stronger understanding of the house’s size, location, style and age.

In fact, if you’ve found a home you’re willing to buy, it’s pretty important to attend several house inspections before signing a contract, this way you can thoroughly determine whether or not the house is right for you.

When inspecting a property it’s imperative to thoroughly check the structure of the house. Keep your eyes peeled for any signs of:

  • Sagging ceilings.
  • Gaps around window and door frames, feel for any gusts of cold air.
  • Any gaps or cracks in the floorboards.
  • Large or noticeable cracks in the walls.
  • Rust on the inside/corners of roof gutters.
  • Loose or dangling wires.
  • Water damages/puddles in the lawn.

Inside the property carefully inspect each room looking for signs of damage, or any potential issues, look out for:

  • Water stains in any sinks, baths or showers.
  • Mould or mildew in cupboards or corners of the rooms.
  • Check to see if the electrical switches work

If appliances are included, check the condition of the:

  • Fridge
  • Dishwasher
  • Stove

As you look around inside and outside the property, pay attention to any unusual sounds or odours. Use your senses to detect any issues within the property.

Open doors, step on floorboards and listen carefully for any creaks or loud noises, If all goes well this property will be your new home, which means if there are any creaks you’ll be living with them!


  • Is this sound/smell temporary or permanent?
  • Can it be rectified?
  • Can you hear noises when you use the plumbing/ electricity? Be sure to turn on taps and light switches and make sure that everything is in order.

We hope this checklist was helpful, we recommend using a pen and paper or your phone to record any issues that you notice during inspection, as well as any cool assets or features that stand out to you!

Remember the things you love about the property as just as important as any issues it may have.