For affiliates pursuing home rehabilitations, one of the largest challenges can be deciding if a house is a good candidate. The Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) now offers a comprehensive document that will aid in this decision making process.
The document walks through the process of inspecting the site including the foundation, walls, stairs, roof, structural systems, and mechanical systems. A synopsis with a downloadable pdf file or an option to order a bound copy can be found by clicking on this link or you can download the entire document by clicking on this link. To download any one section of the document refer to the links with the corresponding titles below.
Below is a list of the chapters covered in each pdf located on the left side of this page:
Chapter 3: Building Interior - basement or crawl spaces, general interior spaces, bathrooms, kitchens, storage spaces, stairs and hallways, laundries, fireplaces, attics and roof truss spaces, whole-building thermal efficiency tests, sound transmission, asbestos, lead, radon, tornado safe room
Chapter 6: Plumbing System - water service entry, interior water distribution, drain and waste piping, tank water heaters, takless coil water heaters, water wells and equipment, septic systems, gas supply in seismic regions
Chapter 7: HVAC System - thermostatic controls, fuel-burning units, forced warm air heating systems, forced hot water heating systems, steam heating systems, electric resistance heating, centrai air conditioning, central gas absorption, heat pumps, evaporative cooling systems, humidifiers, window air conditioners, whole house and attics fans
Appendix B: Wood-Inhabiting Organisms
Appendix C: Life Expectancy of Housing Components
Appendix D: References
Appendix E: Inspection Record