Couple checking home before they buy.

When you’re getting ready to purchase a home, there are many important things to look for. In addition to ensuring the property fulfils your homebuying wish list, you’ll also want to evaluate the home’s overall condition. While a professional home inspection is a highly recommended part of any home purchase, this checklist can help you spot some common issues early in your homebuying process.

1. Make sure faucets, showerheads and toilets work

Turn on the faucets and showerheads and flush all the toilets in the home to ensure they’re working properly.

2. Look underneath sinks and on basement walls for water damage

A big thing to check for in a property is water damage. This is typically found in places where water can leak and introduce mold or mildew, including underneath sinks and on basement walls. If you see damage or smell anything musty, seek a professional opinion.

3. Confirm that appliances are in working condition

If the appliances are staying with the home, you’ll want to test to see that they’re in working order. Ensure the refrigerator, oven, washer, dryer and anything else are functioning as expected.

4. Open and close all windows and doors

You’ll want to check that every window and door opens and closes properly. It’s also a good idea to watch for drafts and cracks or areas that may need re-caulking.

5. Check all gutters and outdoor drains for damage and debris

Some areas of homes are more likely to have water infiltration and leaks than others. Make sure any outdoor drains are clear and that gutters are in good shape with proper drainage to the ground away from the home.

While there’s no substitute for a professional home inspection, this checklist can help you spot common issues early for a smoother homebuying experience. If you’re thinking of buying a home, get in touch today for a free mortgage consultation and same-day preapproval!