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Interior Inspections

Interior Inspection Standards

The inspector should:
• inspect the walls, ceilings, floors
• inspect the steps, stairways, railings
• inspect countertops and a representative number of installed cabinets
• inspect a representative number of doors and windows
• inspect the garage vehicle doors, garage door operators
• inspect installed ovens, ranges, surface cooling appliances, microwaves, dishwashers and food waste disposals using normal operating controls

The inspector is not obligated to:
• inspect paint, wallpaper, other finish treatments
• inspect floor coverings
• inspect window treatments
• inspect window glazing coatings
• inspect central vacuum systems
• inspect recreational facilities (pools, spas, etc.)
• inspect laundry appliances
• inspect specialized features of thermostats and appliances

Checklist of common Interior Issues
 Moisture stains on walls or ceilings
 Moisture stains around skylights
 Fungus growing on walls/ceilings in spaces that are not well ventilated
 Windows that are painted shut
 Window locks that are frozen or will not lock properly
 Windows that have lost their air seal (foggy between the glazing)
 Window sashes that will not stay open
 Rotten wood window sashes
 Damp drywall below windows
 Damp walls adjacent to bathroom showers
 Cracks in walls near windows or doors
 Garage door openers that don’t reverse when the door hits an object
 Easy and smooth operation of the garage door opener system
 Musty or mold smells inside the home
 Visible fungus on the surface of building materials
 Extra portable dehumidification units inside the home
 Moisture stains and/or fungus growing around HVAC supply registers
 Interior doors that rub against the flooring
 Interior or exterior doors that do not latch properly
 Interior or exterior doors that hit or rub against the door frame
 Interior doors that swing shut by themselves
 Closet door ball catches that are not adjusted properly
 Missing anti-tilt bracket for free the standing ovens
 Missing transition strips between tile and other flooring materials
 Moisture damage to baseboards or wall finishes
 Damp carpeting
 Damp shoe molding, baseboard or cabinets near toilets

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