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A Basic Home Safety Checklist for New Home Buyers

Buying a home is an exciting undertaking and like many people you can’t wait to move in. However, before you close and settle into your new home you will want to do a “walk through” of the entire house and conduct a final inspection of the home and property. This exercise is an important and valuable one because it helps you to understand how your new home works and take note of any items that need to be fixed or adjusted before moving in.

Along with searching for any cosmetic imperfections, the walk through also serves as a safety check of your home for you and your family.  When inspecting your future home, it is best to bring along your own home safety checklist. Your checklist should include everything that needs to be reviewed during the walk through. We have provided a home safety checklist below, that can help you get started. 

During the actual walk through, you will talk with your builder on the timetable for repairs or adjustments based on your findings. It is important that you be as thorough as possible, examining each room of the house as well as the exterior. Note concrete surfaces, flooring, ceilings and walls, tile grout, caulking, lights, fans, appliances, water heater, HVAC unit, etc. This is helpful not only to you as a buyer, but to the builder as well. Many builders will request a signed form stating that the walk-through took place and no damage was discovered outside of what was noted on the checklist.

Even if this is your 7th walk through or your first, know that you can never ask too many questions, and no question is a stupid one. Going through your home safety checklist is a learning process and one that will help you and your family thrive in your new home.

Interior Rooms:

  • Doors and Door Locks
  • Molding and trim
  • Cabinets and Countertops
  • Appliances
  • Filters  (air and furnace)
  • Electrical - Be sure all wall outlets and switches operate correctly as well as fixtures
  • Heating / AC
  • Plumbing
  • Paint (check for lead if house is older than 1978)
  • Fire Alarms
  • Fire Extinguisher (you need one of these in your kitchen just in case)
  • Ensure all flooring(carpet, tile, wood) is flush and tight

Kitchen:

  • Countertop
  • Drawers/Cabinets
  • Appliances


Outdoors: 

  • Main Water Shut off accessibility
  • Look for loose shingles
  • Tightly secured gutters and drain pipes
  • Windows that open, close and lock properly
  • Foundation

Grounds:

  • Proper Draining
  • No Leaks
  • Yard, landscaping
  • Railings on outside stairs
  • Driveways, sidewalks, patios in good condition