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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.

General Comments

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

Electrical

Switches

  •  Switches are verified and functional
  •  Unable to verify switch operation
  •  Damaged switches observe  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Upside-down switches observed

Receptacles

  •  The receptacles are functional
  •  There are receptacles which do not operate
  •  No GROUND FAULT receptacle in Island  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Island receptacle is more than 12” from the surface  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Island receptacle counter top extends more than 6” past the receptacle (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  There are receptacles which are scorched  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  There are receptacles which are cracked  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  There are receptacles which are not switched  (*DIY TIP: Check for a building permit)
  •  GFCI receptacles needed / required  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  GFCI receptacles defective  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)

Luminaries

  •  Ceiling lights are functional
  •  Ceiling lights with non operational light bulbs  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Ceiling lights with missing / damaged globes
  •  Added recessed light fixtures  (*DIY TIP: Check for a building permit) 
  •  Loose recessed light fixtures

Wiring / Conduit

  •  Open junction boxes / exposed wires (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Electrical conduit installed and is not secured  (*DIY TIP: Check for a building permit)
  •  Exposed non metallic wiring AKA romex  (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)

Ceiling Fan

  •  Ceiling fan is functional
  •  Ceiling fan is non operational
  •  Added ceiling fans  (*DIY TIP: Check for a building permit)
  •  Ceiling fan wobbles
  •  Ceiling fan is not hard wired  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  Missing fan blades

Ceiling Fan Lights

  •  Lights are functional
  •  Light bulbs non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  Missing globes

Countertop 

Countertop Materials:     Tile    Granite    Solid Surface     Formica    Concrete

Countertop Observations

  •  The countertop materials were in acceptable condition
  •  The countertop material possess cracks / chips / damage
  •  The countertop materials possess raised / lower seams
  •  The countertop material is loose
  •  The countertop material missing
  •  There was no backsplash present
  •  Missing backsplash materials noted

Kitchen Sink

Sink

  •  The kitchen sink is Okay
  •  The kitchen sink is cracked
  •  The kitchen sink needs caulking between sink and countertop
  •  The kitchen sink is rusted
  •  The kitchen sink is chipped 

Faucet

  •  The faucet is okay
  •  The faucet drips
  •  The faucet leaks at the stem
  •  The faucet is non functional
  •  The faucet is loose
  •  The faucet only provides hot / cold water  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The hot and cold water lines are reversed   (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Drain / Trap

  •  The drain trap is okay
  •  The drain trap is corroded as if to suggest a current or prior leak
  •  The drain trap is an “S” trap  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The drain trap arm is too long / too short to weir   (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  Crown venting is noted here
  •  Island drain is not vented correctly  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Angle-stops and connectors

  •  The angel stop is okay
  •  The angel stop is / are corroded  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The angel stop is leaking hot / cold  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The angel stop is missing a handle hot / cold  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Garbage Disposal

  •  The garbage disposal is okay 
  •  The garbage disposal is non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The garbage disposal noisy  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The garbage disposal is leaking  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The garbage disposal is missing  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The garbage disposal is frozen  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The garbage disposal is missing a splash guard

Kitchen Cabinets

  •  The kitchen cabinets were okay
  •  The kitchen cabinets were missing doors / drawers
  •  The kitchen cabinets need adjustment
  •  The kitchen cabinets were damaged
  •  The kitchen cabinets were peeling
  •  The kitchen cabinets were missing hardware
  •  The kitchen cabinets in overall poor condition  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The base under the kitchen sink was damaged
  •  The base under the kitchen sink has mold  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The base under the kitchen sink needs to be replaced  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The base under the kitchen sink was missing  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Gas / Electric Cook top

  •  The cooktop was functional
  •  The cooktop tilts forward and is not secured (*DIY TIP: This is a hazard)
  •  Burners were not functional on the cook top    RR  RF  LR  LF
  •  Grates were missing from cook top
  •  Missing knobs were noted
  •  The electric control panel was damaged  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  Gas off not tested
  •  Igniter was damaged non functional  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Number of Ovens:  1  2   3   4

Gas / Electric Oven

  •  The ovens are / is functional
  •  The upper / lower oven was non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The upper / lower oven door hinge was damaged  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The upper / lower oven glass is damaged  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The upper / lower oven door does not seal
  •  The upper / lower oven was light was not functional
  •  The upper / lower oven control panel was damaged / non functional  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The upper / lower oven was failed to heat  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Exhaust Ventilation / Light

  •  The exhaust fan and light were functional
  •  The exhaust fan was non operational  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The exhaust fan was very noisy  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The exhaust fan was missing filter
  •  The exhaust fan does not duct to the exterior  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The light was non operational
  •  The light was flickering
  •  The light was missing not tested

Dishwasher

  •  The dishwasher is functional
  •  The dishwasher is leaking  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The dishwashers seal is old / worn
  •  The dishwasher is loose /not secured
  •  The dishwasher racks are rusted damaged
  •  The dishwasher is very noisy  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The dishwasher is leaking from the air gap device  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The dishwasher is missing an air gap device  (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The dishwasher is non operational
  •  The dishwasher is tripping the circuit   (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)
  •  The dishwasher display is damaged   (*DIY TIP: Have contractor evaluate)

Kitchen PAGE Free DIY Home Inspection Checklist

Inspecting a kitchen can be a pretty daunting task for sure. using our DIY free kitchen home inspection checklist it will make it much easier however. That said, as a buyer you will still want to be aware of all the various components within the kitchen and to which building code they were installed to.  Additionally, you will want to also be aware of where of not the kitchen had recently undergone any changes or improvements. Most all kitchen remodeling requires a building permit. In light of this, asking the seller for a building permit is therefore suggested.  When in doubt, you can always elect to have a professional home inspector who is also a general contractor inspect your property for a reasonable fee.

Have a plan of attack to inspect the kitchen

When going into the home inspection business even temporarily you’ll need a plan of attack. Know where to start and where to finish. Understand, you will want to keep in mid any changes which may have taken place within the kitchen i.e., remodeling etc.  Furthermore, when you have confirmed that there were changes or modifications, you will want to ask whether the modifications were performed with permits where required and be a professional. In like fashion, you may want to familiarize yourself with the basic code requirements for various components for safety such as electrical and plumbing. 

 

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Kitchen PAGE Free DIY Home Inspection Checklist
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Kitchen PAGE Free DIY Home Inspection Checklist
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Whether you have experience in construction or not this DIY free home inspection checklist will help guide you through a complete home inspection.
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