First Time Home Buyers Inspection Checklist

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If you’re a first time homebuyer, you may not know exactly what you need to look for when inspecting a property.  But your home mortgage is most likely the most expensive loan you’ll ever take out, so it’s important that you know exactly what it is you’re about to purchase.

Before you can finalize the purchase of your first home, you’ll want to do a home inspection.  While a professional home inspector will go through the property room by room and compile a report, it’s a good idea for you to also do this both on your own and when the inspector.  This checklist will help make certain that you know what to look for and that the inspector you hire covers everything.

Before you go to the property to do your inspection, here are a few tools to bring with you:

The Checklist

The Exterior

The Interior


Checking a home for these items will help make certain you don’t find any unpleasant surprises after you’ve closed.  You can also use a shorter version of this checklist for any property walkthrough you do to get an idea of the overall condition of the house and decide if it’s a property you’re comfortable putting an offer on.


  1. Home Inspection Errors to Avoid – 5 things to make sure you don’t do.
  2. Common Issues Found During Inspections – Some of the most common property problems.
  3. Home Inspection Basics – Why get one, and what does it disclose?
  4. Home Inspector Checklist – Another DIY list
  5. Inspection Tips for the Seller – A look at home inspections from the seller’s side
  6. Wikipedia’s Home Inspection Article – A list of different types of home inspections
  7. American Society of Home Inspectors – A resource for those who need to find an inspector
  8. The Worst Things a Home Inspection can Find – A list of major issues an inspection can reveal.
  9. 20 Things to Inspect – A short list of the important things to check at your potential new home.
  10. Things to Ask a Home Inspector – A list to help you select a good home inspector.