Home Inspection Checklist

It might seem like a daunting task when it comes to inspecting your new home, however it doesn’t have to be. Below you will find a list of tips and tricks when it comes to the home inspection and making sure it flows smoothly.

Using a Checklist

When it comes to inspecting your new home make sure you are hitting every corner of the household. With the help of checklist, it can help keep track of what you have and haven’t looked at, to help make sure you don’t check the same areas twice. Here is a little guide to help you below: 



  • Check countertops, sinks, cupboard doors for damage
  • Ensure range hood exhaust fan works properly
  • Check pipes under sink for leaks
  • Check sink water flow

Floors, Walls, Ceilings:

  • Check for cracks, damage, water spots
  • Walk across all floors – ensure minimum unevenness, squeaking


  • Check faucet water flow & pressure
  • Ensure sink, shower, tub drains properly, toilet functions properly
  • Check for cracked/loose tiles
  • Ensure cabinets and plumbing under sink in good condition

Windows, Doors:

  • Ensure windows and doors open/close properly
  • Check for cracked/broken glass or damaged screens in windows
  • Inspect weather-stripping for damage


  • Check for large cracks/stains in exposed foundation
  • Check for water leaks on ceiling/floor
  • No decay/damage in structural wood


  • Check for structural and water damage
  • Ensure proper insulation and ventilation

Heating, Electrical, Ventilation


  • Check for damaged/leaking pipes
  • Check for rust on water heater
  • Locate all water shut-off valves (remember: to prevent frozen pipes in winter, close inside valves that supply outside hose bibs)


  • Ensure main electrical panel is easily accessible
  • Ensure all wiring is in good condition, no exposed splices
  • Ensure there are CFGI (ground fault circuit interrupter) outlets in kitchen and bathrooms


Driveway, Grounds:

  • Check for large cracks or uneven portions of driveway
  • Check for standing water

Exterior Surfaces:

  • Check for cracks, decay in siding
  • Check for stains or paint flaking on exterior surfaces


  • Shingles: check for rot, cracks, curling, loss of granulation, broken or missing shingles
  • Ensure that gutters and chimney are in good condition

Miscellaneous Items:

  • Ensure that automatic garage door operates properly
  • Make sure outside foundation is in good condition (straight, no large cracks)
  • Ensure smoke/carbon monoxide detectors installed as per provincial regulations (remember: carbon monoxide detectors are now mandatory in Ontario).
Bring Someone you Trust

As the saying normally goes, two heads are better than one. It is always best to have an extra set of eyes, as they might catch something you might have missed. An inspection buddy/friend can help make sure you are thorough during your inspection of the home. 
Hire an Inspector

A professional home inspector might be mandatory within a home purchase contract. Some people also prefer to use a professional, so if you do decide to pass on the DIY inspection it is best to make sure the inspector you hired is licensed and qualified. If you are available to be around during the home inspection it would be best to do so, this way if you do have any questions during the process you can ask them, and they will be happy to answer your questions.