Our Walk-through Checklist

quality

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. 

Exterior Appearance

  • 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.

Finishes

  • Is the painting satisfactory in all rooms, closets and stairways?
  • Did the painters miss any spots?
  • Are the trim and molding in place?


Floors

  • 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.?

Grading

  • 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?