Listing and selling homes in Northern Virginia, I have been through my share of home inspections. When I work with Sellers who are anticipating a home inspection, they will often do big repairs and overlook the small stuff. One thing that often gets overlooked is replacing light bulbs.
Sounds silly that a home inspector would even bring up a burned out light bulb, right? Well, the problem is, if a light fixture isn't working, the home inspector can only tell you it is inoperational. They can suggest it may be in need of a light bulb, but inevitably, when the home inspection addendum comes through, the "inoperational light fixtures" will need attention, and often, the Buyers will ask that it be from a licensed professional contractor. And the reason it is always an issue is that the electrical systems, including light fixtures, are part of Paragraph 7 of the Northern Virginia Regional Sales Contract that states that the systems in the home (plumbing, electrical, heating, cooling, appliances, etc.) must be in normal working order.
Replacing light bulbs and making sure each and every light fixture is working makes this a non-issue. There's nothing sillier than having to bring an electrician out to change a light bulb, so make sure all your light bulbs are working before the home inspection.