What do Home Inspectors look for?

Home Inspectors look for deficiencies (problems) with regard to the performance, installation or integrity of systems & components.

The idea is to provide you detailed information so that you can answer these simple questions:

Does the home need any major repairs to live in?

Will my family be safe in this home?

Is the home still worth what I offered to pay?

What things do I need to maintain or watch out for while living here?

I'm ok with fixing small issues while I live there. What & where are they?

Below is a list of items that home inspectors look for during an inspection.

Home inspectors look for structural issues during inspection

Structural System

  • Foundation
  • Grading & Drainage
  • Interior & Exterior Walls
  • Ceilings & Floors
  • Attic & Framework
  • Roof covering, penetrations & Flashing
  • Doors & Windows
  • Stairways
  • Fireplaces & Chimneys
Home inspectors look for electrical issues during a home inspection

Electrical System

  • Service Entrance (main power coming in)
  • Branch Circuit (power to rooms)
  • Connection Devices
  • Outlets, Switches & Fixtures
Home inspectors look for plumbing issues during a home inspection

Plumbing System

  • Water Main & Service Pressure
  • Water Heater
  • Sinks, Showers & Tubs
  • Hydro-Massage Therapy Equipment
  • Faucets, Drains & Piping
  • Toilets
  • Water Flow
Home inspectors look for HVAC issuse during a home inspection

HVAC System

  • Outside Compressor/Pump
  • Blower Fan, Evaporator & Heating Coils
  • Duct Work
  • Adequate Temperature Differentials
  • Return Air Registers
  • Vent Registers
Home inspectors look for appliance issuse during a home inspection

Major Appliances

  • Range, Cooktop & Oven
  • Range Hood & Exhaust System
  • Dish Washer
  • Food Waste Disposal
  • Microwave Ovens
  • Bathroom Exhaust & Heaters
  • Garage Door Openers
  • Dryer Exhaust Systems
Home inspectors look for additional systems problems

Additional Items*

  • Sprinkler Systems
  • Detached Shops/Garages
  • Outdoor Kitchens
  • Pools/Spa
  • Private Water Wells
  • Private Sewage Systems (Septic)
  • WDI (Wood Destroying Insect aka Termite Inspection)

*Additional service fees may apply



Plus Much More!

For a full, detailed list of items covered-Texas Real Estate Commission Standards of Practice


Standard Report Form