A consumer Home Inspection Kit

Use of This Kit by the Homebuyer

The purpose of this kit is to give you the tools you need to select and maintain the right home for you. We think you'll agree that the right home for you is affordable, comfortable and within your means to maintain for as long as you choose to live in it.

This kit offers insights that will help you make an informed decision in your choice of a home. Affording a home involves more than having enough money to cover the down payment, closing costs and monthly mortgage obligations. Maintaining the overall condition of the home while you live in it and the repairs or preventive measures needed to do so can be just as costly.

This kit will explain how to conduct your own consumer home inspection with an easy�to�use, step�by�step approach. Once you've evaluated your results, you'll be better equipped to make a wise decision, whether it's

"Yes, I like this home; it suits the needs of my family, and I can afford to buy and maintain it."
"No, I cannot realistically afford to buy and maintain this home."

Either way, it pays to know what you're up against before you make an offer to purchase.

The consumer home inspection does not replace the professional home inspection. You do the consumer home inspection before making an offer to purchase a home. Once you conduct your own consumer home inspection and make a decision to buy a particular home, you will sign a contract and have the home you've selected professionally inspected. The professional home inspector gives you an objective and comprehensive report before closing.

In addition, you may want to have the home tested for possible environmental hazards which are not usually visible, including, lead in the water, lead in paint, asbestos, radon or other toxic materials.

An informed homebuyer is a successful homeowner.

Before You Conduct a Consumer Home Inspection

Schedule your home inspection during day-light hours. You may want to bring along the following tools

Helpful Hints

Plan to go through the home completely two times so you can do an overall analysis. Remember to consider the following when you conduct your home inspection so you can effectively evaluate the home:

What to Expect

A Consumer Home Inspection Kit will give you the information you need to


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