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Home Inspection Checklist of Items Not Inspected

A home inspector's standard practice typically does not include the following, for which a specific license to inspect and identify may be required:

General Home Inspection Checklist Items

  • Structural Elements.
    Construction of walls, ceilings, floors, roof and foundation. Ask about horizontal cracks versus parallel cracks. Does the foundation seem secure? Does the roof leak? Has there been a fire in the attic?


  • Exterior Evaluation.
    Wall covering, landscaping, grading, elevation, drainage, driveways, fences, sidewalks, fascia, trim, doors, windows, lights and exterior receptacles. If the exterior is covered in siding, what is under it?


  • Roof and Attic.
    Framing, ventilation, type of roof construction, flashing and gutters. It does not include a guarantee of roof condition nor a roof certification. How many layers are on the roof? When will it need to be replaced? What is the average life expectancy of a roof?


  • Plumbing.
    Identification of pipe materials used for potable, drain, waste and vent pipes. including condition. Toilets, showers, sinks, faucets and traps. It does not include a sewer inspection. Ask whether the plumbing is copper and be careful of faulty joints such as those that can occur with Kitec plumbing.


  • Systems and Components.
    Water heaters, furnaces, air conditioning, duct work, chimney, fireplace and sprinklers. Usually a separate chimney inspection is performed if the inspector suspects there is a problem. Not all home inspectors will check sprinklers to make sure they operate correctly.


  • Electrical.
    Main panel, circuit breakers, types of wiring, grounding, exhaust fans, receptacles, ceiling fans and light fixtures. Ask if the electrical panel is on a recall list. Is it up to code? Does the electrical panel user breakers (preferred) or fuses (outdated)?


  • Appliances.
    Dishwasher, range and oven, built-in microwaves, garbage disposal and, yes, even smoke detectors. Washers and dryers are typically included as well if they remain with the home, but ask because those appliances are personal property.


  • Garage.
    Slab, walls, ceiling, vents, entry, firewall, garage door, openers, lights, receptacles, exterior, windows and roof. If the garage is attached to the home, it might also require a pest inspection, depending on the type of loan the borrower is obtaining. Does the garage have a firewall? Is the door to the garage from the house have self-closing hinges?

Home Inspection Checklist Items Needing Service

Home inspection reports do not describe the condition of every component if it's in excellent shape, but should note every item that is defective or needing service. The serious problems are:

  • Health and safety issues (within reason)
  • Roofs with a short life expectancy
  • Furnace / A/C malfunctions
  • Foundation deficiencies
  • Moisture / drainage issues


Washington Licensed Home Inspector 328, General Contractor LIC JORDAWH864OJ, Real Estate License 114729


Contractor for those who need it, a realtor for support and insight and a home inspector by desire to help people. In what for many of us, is our dream, our kid's home, our pet's next territory, our sanctuary, our home, inspections matter.


Super friendly and was really patient with us and the family that came with us! Kept us in the loop and gave a super detailed report. Couldn’t have asked for someone better for our first home inspection!
- P.H., January 2024
I was impressed with Jordan's knowledge and thoroughness. He's easy to talk to and has solid, constructive ideas. Thank you Jordan.
- K.G., June 2023
Jordan has always done a great job for our clients and we are happy to recommend him. He is thorough, professional, knowledgeable and reliable. He does a great job of summarizing the report at the end of the appointment and voices any concerns. We look forward to working with him on future transactions!
- J.C., November 2022
Jordan is always extremely thorough, thanks to his extensive experience working with homes in many different capacities. I also especially like this communication skills with clients.
- C.E., Camas WA, October 2021
Great attitude and attention to detail. Asking us if we had any concerns or things we wanted him to take to look at. Very knowledgeable and was willing to share his opinion and concerns. Would highly recommend him to others.
- J.L., October 2021
Jordan was on time for the inspection. He was very helpful with explaining what he was inspecting. I would definitely use his services again. 10 STARS for sure.
- I.R., July 2021
Always a pleasure working with Jordan. He really knows his stuff. Helpful to explain his findings and very informative. A true professional.
- L.P., Vancouver WA, June 2021
Jordan was a pleasure to talk to and very informational about the inspection.
- S.R., Washougal WA, June 2021
Jordan did a great job walking me through the items he found while inspecting the house and answering all my questions. He was very thorough, detailed, and had some cool new gadgets for looking beyond where the eye can see. I would definitely use Jordan again and recommend him to friends. Thanks -nancy
- N.W., May 2021
Howard has been a great home inspector for all price points. He is a gentleman as well, my clients consistently comment on having a positive experience. He does a wonderful job and I love his reports. I highly recommend Howard to all agents and all clients.
- L.P., Vancouver WA, November 2020
Jordan is super friendly, but more importantly, he's extremely professional, thorough and detail oriented. He'll happily answer any questions or concerns you have. I highly recommend him!
- M.Q., September 2020
Jordan was great to work with and very thorough! Highly recommend!
- B.B., October 2019
Jordan is great to work with. He goes beyond simply an inspection and report. He is always available for clarification on items in his report and to answer any questions that come up.
- A.R., October 2019
He was on time, reasonable and efficient.
- R.B., May 2019
Jordan is very thorough, prompt, and very dependable. He is extremely knowledgable and does the job very well. I would highly recommend Jordan for any and all home inspections.
- D.Z., July 2018
Jordan did a very thorough inspection and I would hire him again!
- M.J., June 2017
Thanks Jordan!
- J.W., October 2016
Great guy. Knowledgeable and professional.
- A.M., May 2016
Jordan Howard is always on time and does a great job! Very thorough in his inspections and reports. He is very professional and I would recommend Jordan for all your home inspections!
- D.Z., April 2016
Thorough and professional. Thank you Jordan!
- B.J., April 2016