Preparing Your Home For Home Inspection
From: The Source Newspapers

Selling your home can be a stressful time, and one of the best things you can do to avoid surprises is to prepare your home before it goes through the Buyer's Home Inspection process.

While homes are rarely in perfect shape when they go on market, there are several things you can do in advance of Home Inspection that can make the process a little easier for yourself and the prospective Buyer. Addressing and fixing minor problems before a home is inspected will save you time and money in the long run!

Houses are complex structures that require an examination, however, there are four areas that you can review before a professional Home Inspector inspects your home: the interior, the exterior, plumbing and electrical systems.


  • Examine your walls, windows, and ceilings for obvious cracks and holes, and check to see if the windows all have operable latches. Can windows and doors open and close? Are there any broken window panes or seals?
  • Look to find any watermarks or signs of infestation. It you've had your home tested against insects, you should be prepared to provide proof of any treatments or guarantees you've received on your home.
  • Clean or remove excess clutter in order to make sure there is appropriate access for the inspector to do a full and thorough inspection.
  • Examine your chimney to see if it needs cleaning. Does the damper open and close properly?


  • Keep your gutters clean and free of debris so they can be inspected easily. Are the downspouts and gutters secured to the house? Take a good look at your house from the front. Is your wood trim in good condition and free from rot or mold? Is your siding dented or in need of repair? Are any roof tiles missing?
  • Mow your lawn and keep plantings in check so that your foundation can be easily inspected. Are your sidewalks and driveway in generally good condition?
  • Make sure the porch and stair railings, as well as fences and gates, are secure.


  • Do your faucets shut off completely? Are they leaking from the base or spout?
  • Unclog drains that may be sluggish or clogged and ensure that stoppers work properly in both sinks and tubs.
  • Be sure that there is easy access to main shut-off valves for water and gas, if applicable.
  • Check to see that your shower and tub are properly caulked.


  • Repair or replace switch or outlet cover that are missing or damaged, and check to see the actual switches and outlets are operable.
  • Replace any light bulbs or pull chains that may be missing or damaged.
  • Be sure that smoke alarms, appliances and ceiling fans are all in working order.
  • If you have the instruction manuals for any appliances, have them readily available.

While individually many of these items are not a big issue, the cumulative effect of many small items could be discouraging for a potential Buyer and delay the closing process. If a home Seller knows what to look for, many of these minor items can be identified and addressed prior to a professional Home Inspection.