27 Ways to Prepare for a Home Inspection... and a Bonus Tip!!

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     Sellers! The Home Inspector has just completed the Inspection of your house.  You and your Listing Agent are eagerly looking over the report.  WHAT?  The Inspector has written, "not tested" and "unable to access/not inspected", in several places on the report.  Oh, no!


     The Buyer and the Buyer's Broker are looking at the same report.  The Buyer says, "Look at all these things they didn't test.  What kind of report is this?  I cannot move forward on buying this house!"


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      Sellers, the following checklist will help to ensure that everything gets Inspected.  Performing these steps will lessen the chance that your Inspection Report will  contain the words, "not tested" or "unable to access/not inspected".


1.  Turn on all Utilities, including Water, Gas, and Electric.


2.  All Pilot Lights should be lit and burning. This includes the water heater, the stove, the fireplace, and any other pilot lights.


3.  If your appliances burn Propane or Fuel Oil from a tank, make sure that there is sufficient fuel in those tanks.


4.  Turn Active Alarm Systems OFF, unless the Inspector instructs you otherwise.


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5.  Computers!  The Inspector may be turning the electric power to your house on and off. Back up your computer data, then turn the computer off and leave it turned off, to prevent any data loss.


6.  Radiators or Heating Elements - the Inspector will turn these on. Move any furniture or obstructions away from these heat sources.


7.  Fireplaces - make sure that they are not obstructed, or filled with anything other than faux gas logs.


8.  Air Conditioning Vents on the floors and/or walls - the Inspector may use an infrared measuring tool to check the temperature. Make certain that none of the vents are blocked or obstructed.


9. Electrical Panels/Breaker Boxes - make sure that nothing is in front of or blocking the Breaker Panel.


10.  Electric Outlets - move any furniture that is blocking electric outlets. If you have GFCI protected outlets in the kitchen, garage, laundry room, bathrooms, or elsewhere, make sure that nothing is blocking those GFCI outlets. The Inspector will want to test each one of them.



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11.  Water Heaters - the area around the water heater must be completely clear, to allow easy access to the Home Inspector.


12.  Pets!  Get your pets out of the house.  Cats and dogs should be caged, restrained, or removed from the premises.


13.  Attics - make certain that the Inspector can get to the Attic Door, especially if it is inside a closet.  Remove excess items from the Attic - the Inspector MUST be able to freely move around inside the attic.


14.  Crawl Spaces and Basements - just like the Attic, the Inspector must be able to enter and freely move around in the Crawl Space that is under your house.


15.   If the Seller or the Listing Agent will not be present during the Inspection, give the Seller's cell phone number to the Inspector, in case the Inspector has any questions.


16.   Keys and Codes - provide keys to all doors; keys to all gates; leave the garage door opener, provide any gate codes.




17.  Garage - move your Cars out of the Garage.  Park them on the street, or at a neighbor's house.


18. Exterior of the House - Trim bushes and plants away from water faucets and exterior dryer vents, and especially clear around the Air Conditioner.


19.  Filters - Clean or replace all Filters. This includes the AC filters, filters in the Range Hood, and any other filters in the house.


20.  Bathrooms - Remove everything from the tub or shower, and remove items that may be on top of the toilet tank lid. Remove items from the vanity cabinet under the sink, so that the Inspector can check the water cut-off valves.


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21.  Kitchen Sink - remove all dishes from the sink.  Remove items from the cabinet under the sink, so that the Inspector can access the water cut-off valves.


22.  Kitchen Appliances - remove dishes from the dishwasher, remove all pots and pans from the stove and the oven.


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23.  Laundry Room - remove clothes from the washer and dryer (if these appliances are included in the sale).


24.  Light Bulbs - replace any burned-out light bulbs.


25.  Smoke Detectors - install new batteries.


26.  Documents and Permits for work done on the house - have the paperwork and receipts for all repairs or upgrades to the house, such as the new roof, new windows, an addition, or an enclosed porch or garage. Have any Building Permits that were required for work done on the house.


27.  Seller's Disclosures (that your Listing Agent asked you to complete when you put the house up for sale) - have these available for the Inspector to review.


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** Bonus Tip if you are present during the  Inspection **

     Let the Inspector work! Give them plenty of room. Ask questions, but don't berate the Inspector with incessant chatter. The Inspector will give you a detailed report at the completion of the Home Inspection.


Posted by

Frederick Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker    


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Disclaimer:  Nothing in the above blog article is to be construed as legal advice, tax advice, or financial advice.  For legal advice see an attorney.   For tax advice or financial advice see a tax attorney, certified public accountant, or other qualified professional.



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Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Realty - Topsfield, MA - Georgetown, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Good Morning Fred Griffin 

These are very good tips. It'd take me a month to rid our house of clutter

Jul 02, 2015 01:28 AM #65
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

Very thorough list that is timeless. Great job and hopefully this very long list will benefit others plus get you some new business.  

Jul 02, 2015 04:44 AM #66
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John McCormack  

     Off topic... in 2010 I stayed at that Motel 6 where Chuck de Caro defended his CNN wife by shooting and killing the intruder.  Great job, good shot!

Jul 02, 2015 12:17 PM #67
John McCormack, CRS
Albuquerque Homes Realty - Albuquerque, NM
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Hey Fred Griffin -

Yep .... Need more like Chuck de Caro around in my opinion.  Your bonus tip was super.

Jul 02, 2015 01:53 PM #68
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Fort Myers, FL

I love this list, as it is valuable to a seller, so they have a better inspection.  I think the two biggest ones are the burnt out bulbs and the electrical outlets.

Jul 03, 2015 05:32 AM #69
Janice Zaltman Realtor, LEED AP
United Realty Group - Boca Raton, FL

Home Inspectors can be a nightmarish experience for all involved.  Great to give a list to both the buyer and seller. Still they can make a missing lightbulb seem as if the entire electrical system is off. Choose your Inspector wisely.

Jul 03, 2015 02:33 PM #70
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Thank you EVERYONE who has commented on this Blog!

 A special tip of the hat to the Home Inspectors who have weighed in.  Best to you!

Jul 03, 2015 10:06 PM #71
Debbie Reynolds
Platinum Properties - Clarksville, TN
Your Dedicated Clarksville TN Real Estate Agent

All I can say is excellent post Fred. So many home sellers have no idea where to get started. To me so much of it is obvious bu this spells it out so they have a plan to follow.

Jul 04, 2015 01:09 AM #72
Lou Ludwig
Ludwig & Associates - Boca Raton, FL
Designations Earned CRB, CRS, CIPS, GRI, SRES, TRC


Your check list to prepare your home for a home inspection . . . . will help to keep the inspection on purpose with far less issues.

Good luck and success.

Lou Ludwig

Jul 04, 2015 03:24 AM #73
Rose Mary Justice
Synergy Realty Pros - Dandridge, TN
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Great rules to follow.  The chatter will take longer and the inspector may not have the time. More than likely he has another appointment shortly.  Stick to questions that are important.  Good post.. 

Jul 04, 2015 03:27 AM #74
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
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Fred Griffin 

It makes so much sense for sellers to be prepared for the home inspection, but I imagine many are not unless their agent prepares them. This is a great list which I bet many sellers, and perhaps their agents, won't have thought of.

Failing that, they are open to more inspections by the buyers, or perhaps will have the buyers getting scared off. Not worth it! I had a seller refuse to let u run the dishwasher - it had not been used for several years and was being used for wine storage (seriously!!). It ended up costing him the credit for a new dish washer


Jul 04, 2015 02:44 PM #75
Fred Griffin presently on Leave of Absence
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Jeff Dowler CRS   You can't run the dishwasher?  Duh, I guess that is an obvious red flag that it does not work.  LOL!

Jul 04, 2015 02:46 PM #76
Sandy Shores FL Realtor®, Melbourne Real Estate
M & M Realty of Brevard Inc. - Melbourne, FL
Brevard County Real Estate, Florida's Space Coast

Fred Griffin this is a GREAT list for sellers before the home inspector arrives. I've been in this situation, where the inspector could not access certain areas of the house. It's never a good thing.

Jul 08, 2015 12:38 AM #77
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Vision Quest Realty, Martha Hilton, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

Fred, this is an excellent list and have bookmarked for future reference.

Jul 12, 2015 01:10 PM #78
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
RE/MAX Northwest. - Tacoma, WA
Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority!

Boy Fred Griffin when you write a classic best seller you go all out!

Jul 14, 2015 12:47 AM #79
Jane Peters
Home Jane Realty - Los Angeles, CA
Los Angeles real estate concierge services

What a great list, Fred. And I especially love the bonus tip even though we try and get the seller out of the house during an inspection.

Jul 23, 2015 11:35 AM #80
Sandy Padula and Norm Padula, JD, GRI
Realty National - Carlsbad, CA
Presence, Persistence & Perseverance

Fred Griffin This list of 'Dos and Don'ts' is fairly complete an  we will put it aside and insert it into our seller packages. Thanks!

Jul 28, 2015 09:22 PM #81
David Popoff
DMK Real Estate - Darien, CT
Realtor®,SRS, Green ~ Fairfield County, Ct

Fred a great post of a complete list to get ready for the home inspection, thanks.

Jul 28, 2015 10:34 PM #82
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Fred - These are great list of tips to prepare a home for inspection.

Nov 24, 2015 07:01 AM #83
Joyce Battistone

Thanks. Will definitely pass it on to the sellers.

Nov 24, 2015 02:59 PM #84
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