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New home or not so new, it pays to know what to look for in its structure, equipment and surroundings. Though a final assessment can be made by an inspection service company, this checklist can serve as a reminder of some things you should look for in order to make a wise buying decision.

Foundation: Floors and walls poured concrete. No evidence of water seepage or moisture problems. Minor settling cracks usually not structurally significant.
Drainage: Sump pump for sanitary and foundation draining. Crawl space dry.
Termite and wood rot: May require inspection by qualified exterminator for existing and potential problems.
Floors: Condition of flooring, whether plank or plywood. Solid construction of bridging and joists.
Walls: Condition of walls, whether drywall or plaster. Absence of water marks.
Attic: Sufficiently insulated and ventilated.
Fireplace: Damper in working order, flues to chimney clear.
Heating: Type of heat used and minor periodic maintenance required-oil fan motor, lubricate bearings, clean humidifier, replace filters, etc.
Hot water system: Type and gallon capacity. How long present unit in service (if older home).
Electrical: Standard house current, number of circuits, outlets and fuses or circuit breakers sufficient for everyday needs.
Plumbing: Good water pressure throughout house. Tie-in to local water supply facilities, etc. all in working order. Bathroom and kitchen fixtures in good shape.
Appliances and fixtures: Range, refrigerator, dishwater/disposal, laundry facilities, etc. all in working order. Accommodation for gas grill hook-up. Bathroom and kitchen fixtures in good shape.
Lot and landscaping: Grading level or properly contoured. Trees and shrubs sufficient for needs. Fences, walls, patio and driveway in good condition.
Exterior walls: Type suitable to weather conditions, need for any periodic maintenance (painting or tuck pointing).

Doors and windows: Easy to open and close (or replace) for storm/screen removal or installation.
Roof: Gutters and downspouts in good condition. If older home, how long have shingles been in use? Chimney flashing tightly caulked.
Garage: Doors or opener in good working order. Sufficient electrical and heating access.



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