Where to find them and which ones spell trouble. Plus, what it means if you see moisture.
Find the leaks in the water lines and drain lines and decipher the age of the water heater.
Spot hail damage and other issues early so you can decide to negotiate or just walk away.
Find the service size and use the home’s age to predict red flags that might make you pause.
Test the furnace and A/C then use their age to estimate how much time they have left.
Go from curious shopper to confident offer in 13 pages
In 2007 a homebuyer spent almost $2k having me inspect 5 different homes before finally buying the 5th.
It was painful to watch and they walked away from each one for different reasons, but I learned a couple things from that experience:
1. These deal breakers were almost all in plain sight
2. They were all in the same 5 areas
That’s why I created the first QuikInspect™ Checklist.
To help other homebuyers avoid the same frustrations by helping them check the bones of a home BEFORE calling a home inspector.
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
“With a boatload of money on the line, buying and selling a home can be a stressful event.
So I hope you find this checklist useful.
It’s the printed version of my Major-items inspection (that sells for almost $400) and focuses solely on the critical parts of a home that always matter most.
By the way, I’d love to hear your feedback. Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.”
PS – Show proof of purchase when you schedule your full home inspection and get $25 off any package.
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.
No matter how old or how big, they are always the same:
The Major-Items inspection was originally created for real estate investors who ONLY wanted to know if the home has costly, major issues.
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.
No. Not everyone will want to use a checklist. Those who do will have this. Those who don’t will order a professional home inspection. Either way, it will work out exactly the way it should.
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.
If you can see the mold, fix the source of moisture and repair and damage. There are only 4 situations where mold testing is necessary.
No. I use it to supplement my inspection, but it only gives you basic information plus any details the seller remembers. Many times it’s incorrect, blank, or the person filling it out never lived there.
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