Top Ten Ways to get a Cleaner Home Inspection Report

Home Inspector with Home Inspection Carolina

1.Confirm gas, water and electricity are turned on and gas pilot lights are burning.

2.Ensure pets won't hinder inspection. Tell Realtor about cats or other animals to be kept inside.

NOTE: Kenneling or taking the pets to the spa for the day is recommended.

3.Replace any burned out light bulbs.

4.Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Replace batteries if needed.

5.Clean or replace dirty HVAC Air Filters. Verify filters fit and are properly secured.

6.Move wood, stored items, high soil lines or debris away from foundations perimeter walls.

7.Unlock or remove locks from any items the inspectors must access:

·Gates on fences

·Attic Access Hatches or Doors

·Electric Service Panels

·Special Closets

·Crawl Space Hatches, for pier-and-beam construction


8.Confirm areas and components are accessible by removing items blocking access to:

·Electric Service panels

·Heating & Air Conditioning Equipment

·Water Heaters

·Ground-fault Circuit-interrupters (GFCI) receptacles or devices

·Attic or Crawl Space Hatches, NOTE: remove items that might restrict movement in attic or crawl space.


9.Trim tree limbs away from the roof covering and trim shrubs away from the exterior walls to allow access.

10.Repair or Replace broken, damaged or missing items:

·Door knobs, locks & latches

·Window glass, locks, screens

·Smoke or carbon monoxide alarms

·Light fixtures and bulbs

·Anti-siphon devices on exterior faucets

·Rain gutters & downspouts

·Chimney flue caps


Take these actions and your home inspection will go faster and will result in a "cleaner” inspection report. Good news for Seller, Buyer and Realtor alike!

Comments (21)

MaryKay Shumway
The Kellstrom Ray Agency, Inc. (Est. 1948) - Sister Bay, WI
Door County Wisconsin's Real Estate Expert

A great tip for our sellers.  Thank you!

Nov 22, 2012 04:27 AM
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Preston, This is an excellent list for Sellers. With your permission,  would like to print it out and give it to my Sellers. It would also be good to remove any items from inside the micrwave, stove and dishwasher so they can be tested. Congratulations on the Feature!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

Nov 22, 2012 05:10 AM
Wayne B. Pruner
Oregon First - Tigard, OR
Tigard Oregon Homes for Sale, Realtor, GRI

This is a good list. Making sure that all handrails, interior and exterior, are soild and secure, is also important.

Nov 22, 2012 06:05 AM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Great advice for all Sellers.   These tips could certainly make a difference for a good inspection.

Nov 22, 2012 07:09 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Preston - excellent detailed list for sellers. This kind of preparation can help things go smoothly for the seller!

Nov 22, 2012 08:19 AM
Nan Jester
Exit Real Estate Gallery Jacksonville Beach, FL - Jacksonville Beach, FL
Realtor, Exit Real Estate Gallery

Great post. This list is very thorough and it's a shame more people don't take the initiative to do these things before inspections are done. Reinspections are a pain.

Nov 22, 2012 08:42 AM
Evelyn Kennedy
Alain Pinel Realtors - Alameda, CA
Alameda, Real Estate, Alameda, CA


Good advice for people who will having a home inspection. I am going to print it out as a reminder to my sellers when a home inspection is schedules.

Nov 22, 2012 09:28 AM
Christine Donovan
Donovan Blatt Realty - Costa Mesa, CA
Broker/Attorney 714-319-9751 DRE01267479 - Costa M
Preston - These are several good recommendations to make an inspection smoother.
Nov 22, 2012 10:43 AM
Christina Sanchez Hood
Palo Alto, CA
#SiliconValleyHOODS | Inspired Living

Preston, great recommendations for sellers to do before they put the home on the market!

Nov 22, 2012 11:57 AM
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Preston, great tips - also trim bushes and trees away from the house. Home inspectors love to put that in their report.


Nov 22, 2012 12:30 PM
Joel Weihe
Realty World Alliance - Wichita, KS
Helping you to use your VA home loan benefits

Great advise. Sometimes it's hard but sellers have to understand that keeping their property in tip top shape and helping in the process will help to get their home sold!

Nov 22, 2012 01:28 PM
Les & Sarah Oswald
Realty One Group - Eastvale, CA
Broker, Realtor and Investor

Great list of items to look for when home inspection is due.... Thanks for putting this one together.

Nov 22, 2012 02:28 PM
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Preston, this is a fabulous list for us to share with Sellers!  BTW, your daughter is precious!

Nov 22, 2012 03:49 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

Great and useful checklist. Difficult with homes that are not occupied...

Nov 22, 2012 09:05 PM
Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

Preston, a great checklist to insure a smooth home inspection. Good Post!

Nov 22, 2012 09:21 PM
Bill Gillhespy
16 Sunview Blvd - Fort Myers Beach, FL
Fort Myers Beach Realtor, Fort Myers Beach Agent - Homes & Condos

Hi Preston,  Your list would also work well for getting a listing ready for market.

Nov 22, 2012 10:16 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Ha!  I was going to suggest but it is already featured!  Good stuff, Preston.

Nov 23, 2012 02:21 AM
Eva Aliaga
Partnership Realty Inc - Boca Raton, FL
Boca Raton & Delray Beach: SE Florida Real Estate

Hi Preston, great checklist for sellers before inspection or even before listing the home for sale.

Nov 23, 2012 05:27 AM
Pam Graham
All Real Estate Options - Jacksonville, FL
Jacksonville, Clay & St Johns Counties

Preston, this is an excellent checklist to give to sellers, to prepare them for a home inspection. Would it be okay if we printed it out and use it?

Nov 24, 2012 02:19 AM
Joan Whitebook
BHG The Masiello Group - Nashua, NH
Consumer Focused Real Estate Services

You have a great list of tips of things sellers can do to isure a much better insepction of their home. 

Oct 09, 2013 12:22 PM