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Home Inspection Checklist- DIY Inspections Made Easy

Have you gone through a home inspection checklist before purchasing your new apartment?If not, make sure you will mark it as the number one task before you sign the papers, otherwise, you might have just trapped into a potential ‘living hell’. But admit it, home inspection isn’t a familiar idea to most of us, or at least we find the process very cumbersome. Which is why this home inspection guide will come in handy, where we will break down the home inspection process and save you from all the trouble!

Are Home inspection required?

First thing first, what is this whole home inspection fuss about? So during a home inspection, a qualified home inspector is hired to assess a property by its electrical work, water and sewage, foundation, heating and cooling systems conditions and more. To cut to the chase, home inspection is essentially about examining a property’s condition, providing you with a report on any unsatisfactory areas and improvements to be made. Therefore, you absolutely need home inspections to avoid the potential problems of your properties.


How to do a home inspection yourself?

Another common question about home inspection is whether I must hire a consultant to do the work for me, or can we do it ourselves? Truth is, although hiring a home inspector is the most common way to do things, it is possible to perform home inspection on your own. But because there are quite a few uniform standards in home inspection, we have compiled a checklist for those who want to try DIY home inspection. This checklist covers the thirteen categories of home inspection, just to list a few they include the water and electricity supply, the walls, doors and outdoor area. But note that it is mainly applicable for apartments instead of houses.  You can find the download link of Home Inspection Checklist at the end of the article.

Points to note for inspecting old or second-hand properties

Buying and living in an old apartment might give you advantages like high ceiling room, outdoor spaces, more affordable price and more hard to duplicate vintage qualities. But what are some of the potential problems to look out for when buying an old apartment? Here are four potential problem areas to pay special attention to:


  1. Old or Substandard Electrical and Plumbing

Faulty electrical and plumbing systems can pose safety risks, since corroded pipes can cause leaks and weak water flow, and old electricity system can potentially lead to a fire. So you might have to rewire or update the plumbing after evaluating the age of the wiring and pipes.

  1. Roof Leaks and Moisture

If the older home that you are purchasing has plaster walls, and you see evidence of moisture or staining, ask your inspector or check where the source is located. Since moisture can damage many kinds of materials found in homes, which could cause paint peel, corrosion or health concerns. So be aware and remember to ask questions about the drainage or the cost to repair it.

  1. Foundation or Structural Concerns

Cracks or unevenness in the foundation are more common in older homes, which is why when inspecting an older home, always check for visible wall cracks, uneven floors and doors and windows that jam easily. Since foundation repairs are usually costly, consider negotiating the repair costs or plan for the extra costs before purchasing an older home.

  1. Hazardous Materials

Lead and asbestos are some of the hazardous materials likely to be found in older homes. These hazardous materials can cause significant health issues and can be found within plumbing systems, gas fireplaces and roofing etc. So if you are thinking about purchasing a home built before 1978, you should be aware of these potential problems and remove any lead paint, popcorn ceilings and other materials that could contain hazardous materials.

These are just a few of the potential areas to be aware of when inspecting an older home, if you do not feel confident doing the inspection yourself, you can always look for accredited affiliations or talk to your real estate professional and have them recommend a qualified home inspector. At archiparti, we have a list of accredited affiliations that you can work with, so contact us at if you want extra help.

What about inspection of new properties?

You might wonder whether you should get a home inspection on your clean and perfect brand new home. The answer is YES! Even new homes can have defects that only a professional and qualified inspector can detect. Here are some tips for inspecting new apartments:

  1. Exterior:
    • Window/ Doors: Ensure they can be tightly sealed, and also open and close completely.
    • Exterior painting: Check whether the surface of the exterior trim paint is smooth and fully covered.
  2. Interior

  • Appliances: Inspect the house when it is 100% completed and turn on all appliances to test whether they are functioning well. As many newly built homes come with full utilities. You can do so by operating all electrical, heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems throughout the home and check whether they are properly installed.
  • Water leakage: Inspect for moisture intrusion throughout your home. Normally, the moisture will enter through roof, terrace and windows. But there is also a chance that moisture will enter from ground water. Therefore, for lower apartment residents, don’t forget to check the drainage. Moreover, make sure you will go through all sinks, tubs, showers, toilet, washing machines and dishwashers as well, to prevent the leakage.

After learning about the different elements of home inspection, as well as some tips and traps of inspecting both old and new constructions, does home inspection sound less daunting to you now? Just remember that no matter the size or age of the apartment you are planning to buy, always inspect it first. It’s worth your time, and money! Download our ”free home inspection checklist” and head over to our archiparti website for more inspiration of your new home! (