Top 10 Things HUD Approved Inspectors Look For

The process of purchasing a home can be an exhilarating yet meticulous journey. Amidst the excitement, it’s crucial to ensure that the property meets certain standards, especially if you’re considering a purchase with a Federal Housing Administration (FHA) loan.

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HUD approved home inspectors play a pivotal role in evaluating properties to ensure they meet FHA standards. Here, we unveil the top 10 things these inspectors look for during their evaluations:

HUD Approved Home Inspectors Check These 10 Things:

As a landlord or a property manager, you need to be proactive in maintaining the exteriors, interiors, and functioning of the systems in the house so that you can pass the inspections. Here are some of the things you need to be mindful of:

  1. Structural Integrity: The structural soundness of a property is paramount. The structural soundness of a property is paramount. Inspectors perform a thorough examination of the foundation, walls, roof, and overall structure to identify any indications of damage, including cracks, sagging, or water leakage, that may pose a risk to the stability of the home.
  1. Safety Measures: Ensuring the safety of future occupants is a priority. Inspectors scrutinize aspects like proper handrails on stairs, functional smoke detectors, secure windows, and absence of lead-based paint or other hazardous materials.
  1. Mechanical Systems: HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) systems, electrical wiring, plumbing, and other mechanical components are thoroughly assessed. Any issues with these systems could affect the habitability of the property.
  1. Roof Condition: A sound roof is vital for protecting the home. Inspectors examine the condition of the roof, looking for signs of damage, missing shingles, or leaks that could lead to water damage.
  1. Water and Drainage Issues: Proper drainage is essential to prevent water accumulation around the property. Inspectors check for water seepage in basements or crawl spaces, proper functioning of septic tanks, and evaluate the grading around the house to ensure water flows away from the foundation.
  1. Pest Infestation: Pest problems can cause significant damage to a property. Inspectors look for signs of infestation, such as termites, rodents, or insects, which could undermine the structural integrity of the home.
  1. Accessibility Features: For properties aimed at accommodating individuals with disabilities, inspectors confirm the presence and functionality of accessibility features like ramps, widened doorways, and accessible bathrooms.
  1. Cosmetic vs. Structural Issues: While aesthetics matter, inspectors primarily focus on structural concerns. Cosmetic imperfections like peeling paint or worn-out carpets may not be deal-breakers, but structural deficiencies are thoroughly scrutinized.
  1. Property Exterior: The exterior of the property is assessed for any potential issues, including the condition of siding, gutters, downspouts, and the overall curb appeal.
  1. Compliance with HUD Guidelines: Ultimately, inspectors ensure that the property complies with HUD’s minimum property standards. These standards are in place to protect both the buyer and the FHA by ensuring the property’s habitability and safety.

These 10 aspects represent the core focus areas for HUD-approved inspectors. Their evaluations provide invaluable insights into the condition of a property, helping buyers to make an informed decisions.

It’s important to note that while these inspections are thorough, they may not uncover every issue a property might have.


HUD-approved inspectors play a vital role in the home buying process, ensuring that properties meet the necessary standards for FHA loans. Their expertise helps buyers make informed decisions, emphasizing safety, structural integrity, and compliance with HUD guidelines as crucial factors in the evaluation process. On our website, you can access free webinars from industry experts on such topics.

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