Our Walk-through Checklist
When we complete a home, our Quality Control Inspectors examine every detail so that the home you move into is ship-shape. We are sharing this checklist with you to guarantee our committment to your satisfaction.
- Are the trim and fittings tight? Are there any cracks?
- Does the paint cover the surface and trim smoothly?
- Has landscaping been installed according to the terms of your contract?
- Exterior Concrete Slabs: Inspect concrete for exposed steel or damage. Clean off any mud, drywall or other material that may dirty the concrete
- Stone and Masonry: Inspect stone and masonry for damage or missing mortar.
- Siding: Inspect siding for any discoloration, damage or gaps.
- Is the exterior of the home washed and clean?
- Are the windows clean?
- Exterior Stairs and Railings: Inspect surfaces for exposed steel, protruding objects or damage. Check that stairs and railings are secure. Listen for unusual popping or creaking.
- Is the driveway and street in front of the home sprayed off and clean?
Doors and Windows
- Do they open and close easily?
- Is the glass properly in place? Is any loose or cracked?
- Exterior Doors: Inspect doors for damage. Doors should open and close snugly. Locks should be operational. Inspect doorbells for proper operation.
- Slider door should open and close with ease.
- Keys and Garage Door Openers: Have all keys and garage door openers been provided and are they operational?
- Garage Doors: Inspect garage doors for damage. Operate the garage door to make sure the door stays on its track and opens and closes completely. Test safety stop feature using a box or brick.
- Is the painting satisfactory in all rooms, closets and stairways?
- Did the painters miss any spots?
- Are the trim and molding in place?
- Is the carpet tight? Do the seams match?
- Are there any ridges or seam gaps in vinyl tile or linoleum?
- Vinyl: Inspect vinyl flooring for stains, bubbles, depressions, ridges or damage.
- Are wooden floors properly finished?
- Grout: Inspect grout for discoloration or cracking.
- Are there any cracking or popping of the floor joists when walking through the home?
Appliances, Fixtures, Surfaces
- Do all of the appliances operate properly?
- Are all of the appliances the model and color you ordered?
- Inspect all cabinet doors and drawers.
- Check all faucets and plumbing fixtures, including toilets and showers, to make sure they operate properly and there is no damage.
- Check all electrical fixtures and outlets. Inspect fixture surfaces, switch and plug covers for any damage
- Electric Panels: Inspect to ensure that the breakers are in panel boxes and are properly labeled.
- Lighting: Check fixtures to determine if all light bulbs are in place, fixtures are operating properly and for damage.
- Mirrors/Interior Glass/Shower Doors: Inspect for secure installation or damage. Are all mirrors clean?
- Interior Stairs and Railings: Inspect surfaces for protruding objects or other damage. Check that stairs and railings are secure. Listen for unusual popping or creaking.
- Drywall: Inspect ceilings and walls for sagging, bowing, visible nail heads or any damage.
- Closet Shelving: Inspect shelving and rods for secure installation.
- Do the heating, cooling and water heating units operate properly? Test them to make sure.
- Inspect filters and thermostats. Make sure they are securely attached.
- If the home has a fireplace, do the draft and damper work?
- Are there any nicks, scratches, cracks or burns on any surfaces, including cabinets and countertops?
- Manuals and Warranties (Range, Refrigerator, Oven, Water Heater, Ice Maker, Microwave, Air Conditioner, Irrigation System, Elevators etc.): Have all owner manuals an warranty information on new operating systems and appliances been provided?
Basement and Attic
- Are there indications of dampness or leaks?
- Is there significant cracking in the floors or foundation walls?
- Are there any obvious defects in exposed components, such as floor joists, I-beams, support columns, insulation, heating ducts, plumbing, electrical, etc.?
- Does the ground around the foundation slope away from the house?
- Make sure the water does not puddle anywhere. To check, water the areas with a hose, if possible.
- Are there signs of erosion?
- Is the shrubbery placed at least 2-3 feet from the foundation?
- Are the plants alive?
- Are the basement window wells clean and graveled?
- Are all crawl space vents and flaps clean and operable?
- Are all metal foundation ties all broken off?
- Are the property pins located?
Roofs and Gutters
- Are the shingles flat and tight?
- Is the flashing securely in place?
- Do the gutters, downspouts and splash blocks direct water away from the house?
Certificate of Occupancy
- Has your local municipality signed off on your house?