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13-page full-color field guide that shows you EXACTLY how to save time, energy, aggravation, and money checking the bones YOURSELF before you order the home inspection.

Only $18.99

The Ultimate Home Inspection Checklist – 2023

This home inspection checklist lets you find the answers to these questions and more:

  • “Is this a bad crack?”
  • “Are there any plumbing leaks?”
  • “Does the roof have hail damage?”
  • “Is the home’s electrical system safe?”
  • “How’s the AC and furnace?”

What You’ll Find Inside This Home Inspection Checklist…

1. Foundation

1. foundation

WHERE find the cracks and which one’s spell trouble.  Plus, what it means when you see moisture.

2. Plumbing

2. plumbing

HOW to find the leaks in the water lines and drain lines PLUS decipher the age of the water heater. 

3. Roof

3. roof

HOW to spot hail damage and other issues early so you can decide to negotiate or just walk away. 

4. Electrical

4. electrical service

HOW to find the electrical service size and use the home’s age to predict red flags that might make you pause.


5. hvac system

HOW AND WHEN to test the furnace and A/C then use their age to estimate how much life they have left.

Go from anxious shopper to confident offer in 13 pages.

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13 pages • 5 major areas • 1 offer accepted • A lifetime of memories

Why I Made This Home Inspection Checklist

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This is Alice

In 2007, a homebuyer had me inspect 5 different homes before finally buying the 5th.

It was painful to watch. They walked away from each one for a different reason and I noticed a couple of things:

1. Their deal breakers were almost all in plain sight

2. They were all in the same 5 areas 

That’s when I created the first home inspection checklist.

What If You Could…

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Know the deal breakers and WHERE to find them

Save money on home inspection fees

Save time by skipping homes that don’t fit your needs

Avoid anxiety and stress DURING the home inspection

Avoid unpleasant news and disappointment AFTER the home inspection

Schedule the home inspection knowing what to expect when it’s over

Do this for EVERY home you tour in 30 minute or less

Home Inspection Checklist Table Of Contents

Cracks and foundation movement

Cracks, moisture, and rust

Water lines, drains, water heater, and leakage

Shingles, flashing, rubber boots, and chimneys

Rafters, cedar shingles, and moisture

Smoke detectors, GFCI outlets, wiring, service size, and fuses

Rust, temperature, age, damage

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Meet Steve

“With a boatload of money on the line, buying and selling a home can be a stressful event.

Especially when there’s not a lot of information about the home.

So, I hope you find this home inspection checklist useful.

It’s the printed version of my major-items inspection (that sells for almost $400) and focuses solely on the critical areas that always matter most.

By the way, I’d love to hear your feedback. Email me at”

PS – You get $20 off any full home inspection package with your purchase.

Frequently Asked Questions

▸ Why does this home inspection checklist work?

Pareto’s Principle.  Aka the 80/20 rule, it predicts that 80% of the major problems will be in 20% of the home.  That 20% is the 5 major areas of every home.

▸ What are the 5 major areas of a home?

No matter how old or how big, they are always the same:

1. Foundation
2. Plumbing
3. Roof
4. Electrical

▸ Who normally uses this type of inspection?

No.  The major-items inspection was originally created for real estate investors who ONLY wanted to know if the home has costly, major issues.

▸ Is this only for single-family homes?

No.  It can also be applied to duplexes, but once you get into multi-family situations, we use a different approach to source certain issues.

▸ How can I get the most from this inspection?

Be sure all utilities are on, pilots are lit, and water is flowing through the faucets BEFORE you check the home.  This includes:

1. Gas
2. Electricity
3. Water

▸ Isn’t this home inspection checklist losing you money?

No.  It’s not about the money and not everyone will want to use a checklist.  Those who do will have a high-quality resource that will actually help.  Either way, it will work out exactly the way it should.

▸ Can I use this to skip the home inspection?

No.  It will help you find clarity and avoid inordinate inspection fees, but this checklist doesn’t come close to the depth and breadth of coverage one provides.

▸ What if the home has mold?

If you can see the mold, fix the source of moisture and repair the damage.  There are really only 3 valid situations where mold testing is necessary.

▸ Won’t I get this from the seller’s disclosure?

No.  I use a seller’s disclosure to supplement my inspection, but it only gives you basic information along with any details the seller remembers.  Many times, it’s incorrect, blank, or the person filling it out never lived there. 

The 30 Min. Major-Items Home Inspection Checklist. ©2023 Bulldog Professional Inspection Services | All rights reserved.

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