What Home Inspectors Look For in a Kitchen

What is the first thing a home inspector will look for in a kitchen?

A home inspector will inspect every part of the property during professional home inspections. This is a non-invasive inspection that looks at both visual and structural issues. The kitchen is where they will spend the most time. A thorough kitchen inspection is important as it is where you will spend most of your time. What should you expect from a kitchen inspection?

Each kitchen is unique. Based on our experience and the InterNachi home inspection’s standards of practice, here are some basic guidelines.

Please look at the sample reports to better understand how inspections are done and how they present their findings.

What do Home Inspectors Look for in a Kitchen Area of a Home?

  1. Exhaust systems such as a range hood. It will be checked to ensure it is properly functioning and allows for proper circulation and airflow.
  2. You can find kitchen appliances such as a fridge, oven and stove. Smaller auxiliary devices such as toasters or coffee machines that belong to the owners are not included in appliances. An inspector may find a gas burner that is not functioning properly or buttons or controls that are missing or damaged. The inspector will inspect for water damage around appliances such as the fridge and dishwasher and any signs of rust or damage inside these appliances. Although they won’t thoroughly inspect each appliance, the inspector will ensure they are in good working order and show no signs of misuse or damage.
  3. Cabinets and countertops. It could be as simple as an inspector finding a jammed cabinet or cracks in the countertop.
  4. Hardware above and below the countertop. Our inspectors often find that the sink is not properly mounted, especially in homes where the homeowner did most of the work. Inspectors often find leaks or problems with the sink’s drainage. Your home inspector will recommend a professional to repair any issues.
  5. As in other rooms, we will inspect the kitchen for any ceiling, walls, or floor damage. We’ll also check the flooring and paint condition. We will check for water damage, rot, and any safety hazards like frayed wires or exposed nails.

What a house inspector won’t do:

  1. If appliances aren’t accessible, move them or open them. Inspectors will not inspect anything that has a lock or code.
  2. An inspector can’t determine the cause of an issue, such as air quality or lead paint. Generalist inspectors can diagnose a house but cannot provide specialized treatment. They can identify problems and recommend the best people to address them.