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Free DIY Home Inspection Checklist

 *Denotes a hazardous condition which is suggested to be evaluated by a professional of this trade.

 *Denotes a condition which in and of itself requires a professionals second opinion or troubleshooting or further information / discovery.

The attic was remodeled. Request documentation or permits for any work performed. (*DIY TIP: Check for a building permit)

ATTIC access LOCATION: _____________________

Attic Access
  •  The attic was fully accessible
  •  The attic was not accessible at all
  •  The attic was accessible only on the furnace platform
  •  The attic was only partially accessible
  •  The attic access was limited due to the occupants belongings
Attic Insulation

The attic is insulated with:   

  Fiberglass batt    Mineral (rock or slag) wool    Cellulose    Vermiculite    Urea Formaldehyde Foam    Asbestos  

  •  The attic was insulated with ___________  inches of insulation
  •  There was poor coverage  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  There was loose / missing insulation  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The insulation appears to be rodent damaged (urine / feces)  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The insulation is compressed    (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The insulation may be a hazardous material  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The insulation is cellulose pre 1979 (may be flammable)  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Framing
  •  The attic framing appears to be in generally good condition
  •  The framing has stains consistent with potential leaking  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The framing is moisture damaged  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The framing has been structurally modified  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate & check for permits)
  •  The framing has been removed or otherwise modified  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate & check for permits)
  •  The framing appears to have been in a fire  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate & check for permits)
  •  The framing appears to have been repaired  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate & check for permits)
  •  The framing appears undersized for the roofing material installed  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  There are damaged wood members within the attic  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Ventilation
  •  The attic ventilation is functional
  •  The ventilation is marginal  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The ventilation is missing  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The ventilation needs improving  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The ventilation fan is inoperable  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The ventilation fan is damaged  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Electrical
  •  The attic electrical is functional
  •  There are loose wires in the attic  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  There are open junction boxes in the attic  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  There is loose “Romex” NM cable in the attic
  •  There are recessed lights too close to insulation or wood  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Wiring appears to have been damaged by rodents  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Exhaust Ducts
  •  The attic exhaust ducts appear functional 
  •  The attic exhaust ducts need to extend to the exterior  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The attic exhaust ducts are crushed
  •  The attic exhaust ducts are disconnected from fan  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
Factory Built Chimney Flue / Fire Stop
  •  The fireplace vent / fires stop is functional
  •  The fireplace vent is damaged  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The fireplace vent is too close to wood or insulation  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The fireplace vent is disconnected  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The fireplace fire stop is missing  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The fireplace fire stop is incomplete  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The fireplace fire stop is not a listed component  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
Masonry Chimney Observations
  •  The masonry chimney appears functional
  •  The masonry chimney bricks need re-pointing  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The masonry chimney is too close to wood  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The masonry chimney is not strapped in accordance with building code  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The masonry chimney appears damaged  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  The masonry chimney appears modified or repaired  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate & check for permits)
Separation wall (Condo / Town-house)
  •  The attic separation wall is functional
  •  The separation wall is damaged  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The separation wall possesses holes  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The separation wall is missing or incomplete    (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

ATTIC PAGE Free DIY Home Inspection Checklist

Performing an inspection of the attic is never an easy task. Climbing through tight spaces all the while trying not to step through the ceiling or hit your head on nails. The attic is where we find the majority of our significant issues within the home. Stands to reason that this is the case being that the attic is full of important components. Contrast this to the bathroom for example. Attics are home to structural framing, fire- stopping and fire-blocking, insulation, ducts and electrical. All of these individual components are in and of themselves, significant. 

Keep in mind the not so obvious

While you’re in the attic you will want to walk across the joists and access every area within the space which you can, even if its difficult. I understand that the wimpy home inspectors won’t try this because of the “liability”, having said that, you can’t be thorough if you don’t try. If you understand construction then you also understand how builders cut corners. Using the FREE diy home inspection checklist will help guide you through the process.

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ATTIC PAGE Free DIY Home Inspection Checklist
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ATTIC PAGE Free DIY Home Inspection Checklist
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When inspecting an attic using the DIY free home inspection checklist you know you're inspecting it like the pros
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