Home Inspection Checklist

Home Inspection Checklist

InterNACHI DIY Home Inspection Report Checklist

This checklist is based upon the International Standards of Practice for Performing a General Home Inspection, which is located at www.nachi.org/sop. Home Inspection Time is providing this inspection tool as an informational guide in educating the public on just how comprehensive an InterNACHI Certified Home inspection is.

How To Use This Checklist

You can use this checklist to perform a visual inspection of your own home and have a written report identifying the defects that were (1) observed and (2) deemed material. Based on your own observations and limited knowledge of home construction.

PLEASE NOTE: Only an InterNACHI trained and Certified Professional Home Inspector like Home Inspection Time is 100% qualified to inspect your home and guide you to a proper diagnosis and what items really matter in a home inspection.

For the purpose of clarity, the following terms may be used by the inspector:

A material defect is a specific issue with a system or component of a residential property that may have a significant, adverse impact on the value of the property, or that poses an unreasonable risk to people. 

A major defect is a condition of a system or component that renders it non-working, non-performing, non-functioning or unsafe, and requires a professional contractor to further evaluate and repair, correct or replace.

A minor defect is a condition of a system or component that renders it non-working, non-performing, or non-functioning, and may be repaired, corrected or replaced by a professional contractor or the homeowner.

A cosmetic defect is a superficial flaw or blemish in the appearance of a system or component that does not interfere with its safety or functionality.

Home Inspection is a Dirty and Dangerous Job and should always be performed by an InterNACHI Certified Professional Inspector. This check list is provided for your entertainment purposes only and following it does not constitute having performed a certified home inspection. You will still need a certified home inspector to perform an inspection for you.

SAFETY WARNING: Do not use ladders, climb roofs, open electrical panels or perform any other life endangering inspection task without supervision, special equipment, protective gear, gloves, eye protection and grounded tools.

Always hire an InterNACHI Certified Inspector to perform your home inspection.


Be safe and just use this as an informational guide. Ready to inspect? Hire Home Inspection Time!