10 Tips For Sellers to Shine During the Inspection

Reblogger Sharon Parisi
Real Estate Agent with United Real Estate Dallas TREC# 0544069

General Home Inspections are an important part of the home selling process.  Belinda Spillman reminds us, in the article below, that home inspectors work for the Buyer.  

Inspections are completed during the Option Period negotiated by the Buyer and Seller.    It's important to remember that Texas Buyers have the unrestricted right to terminate the contract during the Option Period. 

The Buyer and the Buyer's Agent are usually present for all or part of the inspection and receive a detailed report of the inspector's findings, along with photos. It's advantageous for Sellers to prepare their home for the inspection and make certain that the home looks its best for the Buyer.  Check out the tips below and tailor the list for your home inspection.

Original content by Belinda Spillman CRE# 40005863

A buyer has made an offer on your home and you are now UNDER CONTRACT.  The next phase of the process is the home inspection.  The inspector works for the BUYER so be sure to make your home shine!

Here are some simple tips to help eliminate the number inspection items. 

  1. If the property is vacant, make sure the utilities are ON (including the water).
  2. Take your pets out of the property for the inspection. 
  3. Make sure all of your lights are functioning.  This may be as simple as replacing a light bulb.  Don’t let the inspector note that a light fixture is inoperable simply because the bulb is burned out.
  4. Repair or replace any broken items (which you’ve been meaning to get to).  This can include door locks, windows, screens, etc.
  5. Test smoke detectors and make sure carbon monoxide detectors are installed within 15 feet of all sleeping quarters.
  6. Clear the perimeter around your house so the foundation and drainage can be inspected without issue.
  7. Clean your furnace thoroughly.  Replace the filter and scrub down the furnace inside and out.  A shop vac usually works great for removing the dust build up inside the furnace.  Make it shine!
  8. Trim tree limbs from house.  The inspector will be looking at the roof and the gutters.  Make sure the tree limbs are cut back so this can be easily accessed. 
  9. Make sure all components are accessible to the inspector.  This includes the furnace, H20 Heater, A/C, crawl space, and attic. 
  10. Make sure your appliances are ready to be run.  If the washer and dryer are included in the sale, make sure they do not have clothes in them.  The inspector will check the operation on these appliances.  Also insure that the dishwasher is empty.  This will be run through a cycle.  Clean your oven.  This will be tested as well.

Clean like your in-laws are visiting.  The buyer will be spending 2 to 4 hours hanging out in your home as the inspector does his job.  Make sure your home sparkles inside and out so they remain excited about purchasing your home. 




Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate
Managing Broker/Owner
Metro Brokers Marina Square
(303) 884-2026





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Belinda Spillman
Aspen Lane Real Estate Colorful Colorado - Aurora, CO
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Sharon,  Thanks for the re-blog.  It is much appreciated!!!

Feb 23, 2015 12:39 AM #1
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Belinda Spillman  You are welcome.  Your post will make a difference for readers who are selling their homes.

Feb 23, 2015 01:13 AM #2
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Sharon, this was a terrific re-blog of Belinda Spillman's. I just think you can't OVERPREPARE when it comes time to sell. I had read this one--it's good to spread the word, though!

Feb 23, 2015 03:58 AM #3
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

Sharon, good re-blog option because these are things that sellers may not be aware of that have to be done before an inspection.  Trimming trees would likely not have been on their radar, for example.

Feb 23, 2015 08:19 AM #4
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Sharon great re-blog, sadly I have seen some home inspectors not working for anyone... even though I have friends on this portal who are Home Inspectors my advice to the buyer is to get in addition an Electrician, a Plummer and a Fireplace Inspector before they pull the investigations contingency...some listen others do not...Endre

Feb 23, 2015 03:18 PM #5
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

I'm sure this will be very helpful to many sellers!  Great job!

Feb 24, 2015 01:00 AM #6
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Realtor (503)755-2905  You're so right. The more a Seller knows and shares about their house, the better it is for the Seller and the Buyer.

Endre Barath, Jr. Although I encourage Buyers to have a plumber, electrician, roofer, HVAC professional, etc., in addition to the general inspection, it is sometimes not in their budget.  I recently had a buyer who spent money for every type of inspection imaginable. The buyer is now well educated on the condition of the property.

Sharon Tara I agree.  Thank you!

Feb 24, 2015 02:27 PM #7
Debbie Reynolds, C21 Platinum Properties
Platinum Properties- (931)771-9070 - Clarksville, TN
The Dedicated Clarksville TN Realtor-(931)320-6730

Hi Sharon, I too found this to be a very valuable post with great advise to get ready for the inspector. Great reblog.

Feb 25, 2015 09:55 AM #8
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Sharon, this was a great choice for a reblog.  Belinda has given a lot of great advice.

Feb 25, 2015 12:45 PM #9
Alan Kirkpatrick
Austin Texas Homes - Round Rock, TX
Alan in Austin


A great choice for a re-post very good tips. Have a wonderful day. 

Feb 25, 2015 10:44 PM #10
Nick T Pappas
Assoc. Broker/Broker ABR, CRS, SFR, e-Pro, @Homes Realty Group, @HomesBirmingham & Providence Property Mgmnt, LLC Hun... - Huntsville, AL
Madison & Huntsville Alabama Real Estate Resource

Sharon, Belinda Spillman lists some great points for sellers making sure their home is ready for inspection. I think it's interesting to learn the differences regarding what's customary from state to state. For instance here in Alabama the buyers do not have the right to terminate a contract because of an inspection unless there is a structural, or hazardous condition that affects health or safety or threatens to shorten the life of the residence. 

Feb 27, 2015 05:41 AM #11
Sharon Parisi
United Real Estate Dallas - Dallas, TX
Dallas Homes

Nick T Pappas I share your interest in learning about the subtle differences in real estate procedures and laws.  Texas buyers are fortunate to have this unrestricted right to terminate during the Option Period.

Feb 27, 2015 03:15 PM #12
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