HOME BUYER’S QUICK
While looking for your
start to evaluate the house using the list below.
Compliments of Anthony J. Grieco, Registered Architect
516 766 1019
print the checklist and complete it
for each house that you are interested in
This includes: added dormers, fireplaces,
bathrooms, kitchens, garages, porches, decks, pools and
This includes: added skylights, raised
ceilings, converting a basement, attic, porch or garage
into a habitable rooms, expanding a deck, whirlpool, hot
tub, and other changes
the house structural sound or not?
This includes: large cracks in the
foundation and interior walls, sagging floors and/or
roof surfaces, missing or moved supports, damaged
structural members due to rot or insect action, and
Destroying Insects- Is there a current or previous
termite condition in this house?
Termites are only one of the many insects
that cause wood damage. The other are: wood borer,
carpenter ants and carpenter bees.
Issues-Are there any environmental conditions within the
house or surrounding area that will affect the health
and safety of your family?
This includes: mold, asbestos, lead
paint, lead solder, high voltage wires (EMF), buried oil
tanks, foam insulation, and other items.
is the capacity of the service? This includes: number of amperes-main
breaker size, type of wiring, breakers or fuses, any
do-it-yourself wiring, and other items.
This includes: size of the heating
system, type of fuel (oil, gas or electricity),
remaining useful life of the heating system, are all
areas provided with heat, and other items of concern.
Conditioning- Is the system adequate?
This includes: size of the compressor,
remaining useful life of the system, are all areas
provided with cooling, and other items of concern.
the system adequate and working properly?
This includes: Type of piping, water
pressure and flow, leaks, old plumbing fixtures, waste
system and other items of concern.
Usable of needs major renovation.
This includes: floors, walls, ceiling,
doors, windows and other items of interest.
In serviceable condition or needs re-siding.
This includes: the water tightness of the
exterior siding, windows, and doors; chimney, interior
water stains, and other items of concern.
Roof- Does it
need to be replace now or within the next several years?
This includes: sagging surfaces, worn
surfaces, moss, damage areas, gutters, remaining life,
interior water stains, and other areas of concern.
This includes: driveways, sidewalks, walkways, patios,
decks, pool, awnings, hot tubs, separate garage, and
This quick inspection checklist is not intended to be a substitute for a
Having your home inspected by a
Licensed Registered Architect or Professional Engineer
is the best investment you’ll ever make!
Anthony J. Grieco
Licensed and Registered Architect
516 766 1019