Pre-Listing Inspections

Have you heard of the 4-point inspection checklist? If you’re in the market to buy or build a new home, it’s likely that you will come across this term at some point. The 4-point inspection checklist is actually pretty straightforward, and it only takes an hour or two (depending on the size of your home). At the end of the inspection, you should have an entirely new level of insight into your future home purchase or construction project. Here’s what the 4-point inspection check list looks like…



The exterior of a new home is often one of its biggest selling points. If you’re looking to move into a brand-new home, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting for your money. Start with a detailed exterior inspection, from top to bottom. A good start is by making sure all pipes and drains are firmly in place and not leaking, as well as by checking that all windows, doors and other fixtures are properly installed.


The first thing that buyers should look for is general wear and tear. Houses, especially those that have been on the market for a while, can quickly show signs of wear and tear such as dents, scratches or chipped paint. These minor flaws can be covered up by a good interior designer but may need to be dealt with prior to closing. So, it’s important for buyers to make sure any damage is either fixed or disclosed in writing prior to making an offer.


Any major mechanical systems (heating, cooling, plumbing) should be inspected by a professional. If you notice that any part of your new home is running hot or cold, it’s probably time to call in an expert. Look for signs of wear and tear when you’re checking out your new place—and ask questions about anything you don’t understand.


The foundation of a home is key to its longevity and structural integrity. That’s why when buying a new home, it’s imperative that you take care in inspecting its foundation. Your inspection should focus on inspecting four key elements: footings, walls, grading and drainage system, and piers or columns.