Punchlist Home Inspection: How To Do
A "punch list" is the list of mistakes that you find after the house is supposed to be "turn key" finished (ready to move in)--a list of things that make you want to punch the contractor.
Do it. Do it right.
- Do not rush.
- Do not be too "nice" (a pushover).
- Do not rely on anyone's "preferred" inspectors: House problems mean a lower price which means a lower commission for your realtor, so some people consider "preferred" inspectors to be a list of whom NOT to pick from the Yellow Pages.
- Do not trust your "professional" inspector completely: Check all structural items and at least spot check other "already inspected" items.
- Bring a 3-prong outlet tester, nightlight, and light bulb to check every socket.
- Move furniture/equipment (carefully), or have it moved, to leave no spot unchecked (people like to hide damage).
- Ask questions.
- Treat anything that cannot be answered as broken.
- Treat anything that cannot be checked as broken.
- Treat anything "to be done later" as "broken" (unavailable).
- Realize that previously OK items can be broken while installing/fixing other things.
- Pick everyone's brain for both initial and regular maintenance tips.
- You only look stupid if you fork over several hundred thousand dollars on blind faith.