Your New Home Awaits: The Essential Home Inspection Checklist for New Builds


Moving to a new home is an exciting time. You’re about to start a new chapter in your life, and the possibilities seem endless. However, it’s important to ensure that the house you’re moving into is truly your dream home. The only way to do that is with a thorough inspection of the premises. And it’s not just a suggestion; it’s a necessity—an essential part of the process of buying a home—that realtors will sometimes try to reduce because it costs money. But in fact, a home inspection can protect you from serious and costly problems with a property.

1: Analyzing the Exterior: Looks and Sturdiness

A house inspection starts by going over its outside from the yard. It’s best to see the house in its entirety at first. While outside, first, look for the house’s “curb appeal” and its structural “integrity.” Seeing the house in its present visual condition, without trying to imagine or remember when it was new, is the best way to look at the subject from the viewpoint of a possible buyer. That’s why many Realtors tell their sellers to look at the house from the street as if they were a stranger. They must look critically at their very own house that they believe has no defects, and try to see it with fresh eyes.

2: Evaluating the Interior: Purpose and Security

As you enter a property, you can start with an examination of the inside. Check all the things that make the entrance and exit operational, basically, the doors and the windows. You want to make sure they are easy to open, easy to close, and able to be made secure. Also, check any kind of weatherstripping and ensure that the windowsills and the door sills are not showing signs of rot or mildew. Then, it is time to look at the walls and the ceiling, especially the corners of the walls and the edges of the ceilings for any signs of cracks. Also, don’t forget the baseboards and the walls near the floor.

3: Critical Systems: HVAC, Electrical, and Plumbing

At this point in the inspection process, it’s time to get serious about the critical systems in your house. The inspector will thoroughly examine the HVAC system to make sure it’s appropriately designed for and sized to serve your home, as well as check for overall efficiency and effective operation. Next, the inspector will focus on the electrical panel, verifying that everything is up to code and safely working (and that it’s properly labeled, for goodness’ sake). Finally, it’s plumbing time. The inspector will look for leaks, both inside and outside your plumbing fixtures, contested or insufficient water pressure, and proper venting of your hot water heater.

4:Attic, Basement, and Crawl Space Considerations

The first inspection point that is often unfortunately under-inspected is the attic. Here you will be looking for primarily three things: signs of moisture, signs of pest activity, and for insulation and ventilation issues. After the attic is inspected, the next logical step is to move downward in the home to check the basement. This is mostly just to make sure that it is a mostly dry and uninviting place for pests and to check for any structural issues. Sometimes a home also has a crawl space, and if it does then you should consider inspecting this area too.


A thorough home inspection is an extraordinarily valuable undertaking for any new homeowner. It offers the perfect opportunity to identify and address potential problems early, before they have the chance to grow into something much more onerous and expensive to fix. This checklist, a talk with my dad, and the totally nifty foundations website  helped me to put together a “thorough” home inspection for your consideration. Still, many of these considered pictures were fruits of my imagination, not something I actually found on my home inspection. I highly recommend that you hire a home inspector certified by the American Society of Home Inspectors. If you can’t find one, consult your local homebuilder’s association, which can usually recommend a good home inspector who is knowledgeable and certified

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