This is the second part of our series on what items a new home buyer should look for once they decide to purchase their dream home. In this part we will focus on inspecting the home’s interior.
- Check for chips in bathtubs, toilets and sinks.
- Ensure that all faucets work properly.
- Check that cabinets are securely fixed to the wall.
- Examine caulking around tub and shower enclosures and at countertop backsplashes.
- Check for signs of water penetration in the basement walls.
- Ensure that the basement floor slopes toward the floor drain.
- See that floor joists are made from sound lumber. Joists spanning more than 2.1 metres should have bridging and/or strapping installed unless an engineered flooring system has been used.
- Check for insulation and vapour barrier in the joist spaces.
- See that doors are well-fitted and operate as intended.
- Check that locks are well installed and do not rattle when the door is closed.
- Check that the exterior doors have been sealed with weather-stripping.
- Operate windows to ensure they open and close properly.
- Make sure there are no cracked panes and that all appropriate screens are in place.
- Check for damage to countertops, cupboard doors, sinks and appliances.
- Ensure that cabinet doors are properly aligned.
- Check spaces for standard appliances unless specific measurements were given to your builder. The space allotted for your appliances should be correct.
- Test the range hood fan and light.
- Make sure there are electrical outlets above the counter.
- Inspect the wall finishes for uneven paint coverage.
- Check handrails on stairs to ensure they are securely fastened and smooth to the touch with no rough edges, chips or gouges.
- Make sure that doors are secure and that they open and close easily.
- Walk across all floors. You should hear only a minimum of squeaks and notice a minimum of spring when walking on the floor. Due to the nature of wood, a wood floor system will have a certain amount of unevenness.
- See that floor coverings have a relatively flat surface.
- Examine seams in carpets and vinyl to ensure they are tight.
- Inspect ceramic tiles for surface cracks. Joints between ceramic tiles should be well-filled with grout.
- Inspect flooring for damage.
- Examine carpeting for stains or shade variations.
Upgrades and options
- Make sure that all pre-selected upgrades and options have been installed.