Examples of Items to be Inspected

The following list is provided as examples of items normally inspected as part of the Housing Quality Standards Inspection.  This list is not all inclusive but indicative of inspection requirements.


  • Is there proper grounding of main electrical service panel and bonding of gas and water lines?
  • Is the main electrical service panel adequate for the residence?
  • Are knock outs installed in any open spaces in the breaker box?
  • Are there proper size type "S" fuses and adapters for all Edison base fuse holders?
  • Are there rain tight outlets, boxes, and covers for all outside receptacles?
  • Are there any missing or broken receptacles, switches, cover plates, junction boxes, and light fixtures?
  • Is there any extension cord wiring used as permanent wiring?
  • Is there approved 3-prong grounded or GFCI receptacles for all kitchen, bathroom, laundry, exterior and furnace?


  • Is there a U.L.-approved type vent cap on water heater & furnace?
  • Is there an approved vent pipe on water heater & furnace?
  • Is there an approved pressure relief valve?
  • Is there a full size discharge line (3/4") to drain to an approved drain or outside?
  • Is there an A.G.A. approved gas cock and gas flex line on all gas appliances?
  • Are there both upper & lower combustion air vents at least 10"x10"?
  • Is there adequate heating for the entire residence?
  • Is all gas piping secure?
  • Are there gas meters in driveways or too close to exterior water heaters or evaporative coolers?
  • Is your gas water heater or heater in a garage raised a minimum of 18" from the ground?


  • Are there an approved vent, standpipe and drain for clothes washer?
  • Is there a main cold water gate valve?
  • Are water closets properly sealed and secured?
  • Are there any leaking or corroded drain pipes, supply lines or valves?


  • Are there FHA approved straps for top/bottom of all carport, patio or porch posts?
  • Are there approved joist hangars, framing anchors to secure carport roof rafters to fascia?
  • Are there approved joist hangars, framing anchors to secure patio roof to fascia?
  • Are the window bars on bedroom windows constructed so bars can be released from the inside without keys or special knowledge required? No double key dead bolts allowed.


  • Workable locks on all operable windows, bathroom doors and outside doors.
  • All floor covering in safe and decent condition. Concrete flooring must be polished or painted & sealed.
  • Rodents and insects properly exterminated to have no live or dead bugs at inspections.
  • Doors, windows, drawers and all hardware must be in good operating condition.
  • No broken or cracked window panes.


  • Are exterior wall and trim painted and free from repair needs?
  • Are interior walls and ceilings free from repair needs?
  • Roofing in good condition, and free from leaks.


  • Separate entrance for each bedroom off common hallway.
  • Bedrooms must have closets with clothes rod, privacy door, fire egress and permanent cooling & heating (No space heaters).
  • Bedrooms 70 sq. ft .  minimum size.
  • In multi-bedroom units, common bathroom accessible from a common entrance.
  • SMOKE DETECTORS REQUIRED! (Minimum 1 per floor). Ceiling mounted alarms must be at least four inches from wall; Wall mounted alarms must be four to twelve inches from ceiling.