VA Home Inspection Checklist
A good building inspector will follow a checklist and take a detailed look at the following features of the property:
· Exterior of the house (including walkways, siding, flashing and trim, decks and patios)
· Roof (including shingles, flashing, moss growth etc.)
· Gutters and downspouts
· Attic and insulation (including ventilation from exhaust fans and dryers)
· Doors and windows (including sills, sash, screens and mechanics)
· Floors and ceilings
· Steps, stairs and railings
· Fireplaces (if any)
· Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors
· Foundation and floor structure
· Wall structure
· Furnace and air conditioner where applicable
· Plumbing (including hot water heater, sinks, shower and tub, drains)
· Electrical (including wiring, circuits, light fixtures, GFCI regulations)
· Rodent, termite and other pest damage evident or areas that are susceptible
· Exterior threats (such as trees too close to the house, moss on the structure, grading and drainage issues)
· Radon and lead paint testing (may be an additional cost)
Over the past 10 years, digital photography, WIFI and other technology has drastically improved the quality of home inspection reports. It’s not abnormal to receive a 50 page document complete with pictures, descriptions, recommendations and summaries for each area under examination. Having this report in hand allows you to go back to the seller with documentation of things that should be fixed before the sale proceeds. If the report uncovers major issues, you could work with the seller to renegotiate the selling price. If you are not able to come to an agreement, as long as you have the home inspection contingency in your purchase and sale agreement, you can walk away from the sale with no legal repercussions.
Don’t think that home inspections are just for older houses either. Even a brand new house can have underlying problems that you can miss at first glance. There are many tradesmen and contractors involved in building a house. Plumbers, carpenters, electricians, sheet rockers, masons, and painters just to name a few. You never know what shortcuts one or all of them
may use to get through a job quickly. In the end, a home inspection gives you peace of mind in knowing that the house you’re buying is sound. It’s more than worth it.
Many home inspectors are independent contractors, and they do not all hold to the same standards. You want to find a reputable, licensed and insured inspector that will do a thorough inspection of your potential new home. How do you go about finding the best?
If you happen to know someone who recently bought or sold a house, ask them for a recommendation. Word of mouth is still the most reliable way to hire good contractors. Your real estate agent may have some good recommendations as well. Real estate agents get to know most people in the business. They have a wealth of knowledge from past clients on which inspectors do the best job.
Another good place to check out is trade organizations. The American Society of Home Inspectors can provide you with a list of local inspectors in your area. In order for an inspector to become certified by the ASHI, they need to pass more rigorous examinations and perform a minimum of 250 professional inspections.
I would like to know how to become a VA Home Inspector.
Electrical (including wiring, circuits, light fixtures, GFCI regulations)
My son just bought a house in Libby Montana. I was looking at all the electrical outlets and none of them are grounded or have ground sources on the outlets.
There is a outlet in the kitchen and both bathrooms next to the sink. No GFCI.
How did this house pass inspection?
Good morning Edward and thank you for reaching out. I assume that your son bought his house using the VA loan? Did he do a home inspection? VA does not require a home inspection but they do require a termite and an appraisal. If he did get a home inspection I would be interested in seeing it because those are items that should have been caught during inspection. My cell number is 816-550-3326 and my office line is 816-587-6800. Feel free to call anytime to go over some options. The VA Renovation loan could be utilized to shore up all the electrical in the house for your son. Thanks again Edward, talk soon!
Does VA require gutters on a mobile home?
To meet minimum property requirements for VA or government backed loans gutters and downspouts are required. Great question and thank you for visiting our website. Please give us a call at (855) 956-4040 if you have any other VA loan related questions.
bought a house under a VA loan, 8yrs ago, and we thought it was normal for the circuits to go off, and on…apparently none of the GFCI are up to code, and never have been, and now Iam having to pay out of pocket 4500 to do the whole house! this is ridiculous..there is no way this should have been overlooked at any time.. if you are able to help please, advise.
I’ve done several VA loans (I’m a Realtor) and we’ve always had pest inspections…but now I just had a Lender remind me to “get the VA-required Radon testing completed.”
I’ve never known the VA to require Radon testing. Help?
where do I go to submit a complaint about the VA home inspection done on the house I recently bought, the inspector missed some items should not have been over looked, that could’ve made the house unsafe